NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate New York Islanders

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— Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame three one-goal deficits in Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders with a 4-3 victory Saturday night. Orpik, a defenseman, took a shot from the left point that might have clipped Islanders forward Brad Boyes on its way past goalie Evgeni Nabokov. The Penguins advanced to face the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the playoffs despite being outshot 38-21 in the decisive win. The Islanders were just 5:16 away from sending the series back to Pittsburgh for one more game when another defenseman, Paul Martin, got the Penguins even for the third time. Evgeni Malkin assisted on the tying and winning goals. On Martin’s goal, Malkin curled behind the New York net with the puck and sent a hard pass high in the zone to Martin, who ripped a drive through traffic in front. Michael Grabner had given the Islanders a 3-2 edge 2:21 into the third. He scored off a feed from Keith Aucoin to give the Islanders their third lead against the top-seeded Penguins. The goal left Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun sprawled on his stomach. source: http://www.mercurynews.com/other-sports/ci_23225339/nhl-pittsburgh-penguins-eliminate-new-york-islanders

Finalists announced for Lady Byng Trophy

Hart Trophy (MVP to his team) finalist: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins. He was leading the league with 56 points in 36 games when he was hit by a teammate

He gave up two or fewer goals in 16 of his last 20 appearances to clinch a playoff berth.  Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports Vezina Trophy finalist: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks. He tied for the league lead in starts and wins and led the league in minutes. He helped the Sharks rank sixth in team defense.  Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports Norris Trophy finalist (defenseman): Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins. He finished with 38 points, including a defense-best 33 assists, in 35 games and also had a plus 16 rating.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Norris Trophy finalist: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens. He had 38 points in 42 games, matching his career best. He also had a defense-best 26 power-play points while recording a plus 12 rating.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Norris Trophy finalist: Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild. He led the league with an average ice time (27:16) and finished second in assists (28) and third in points (32).  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports Calder Trophy finalist (rookie:) Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens. His 15 goals ranked second among rookies and he was a plus 10.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Calder Trophy finalist: Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers: He tied for top among rookies with 31 points.  Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports Calder Trophy finalist: Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks: He led rookies with a plus 17 rating and also had a short-handed goal and two game-winners.  Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports Masterton Trophy nominee (perseverance): Andrew Cogliano, Anaheim Ducks. He has an ironman streak of 458 games and matched last season’s 13 goals, despite the shortened season.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Masterton Trophy nominee: Jochen Hecht, Buffalo Sabres. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/05/16/lady-byng-trophy-finalists-kane-moulson-st-louis/2165879/

MSG+ sets news single-game ratings record for an Islanders telecast

The Islanders previous single-game high telecast was March 25, 2002 vs. the Rangers, which registered a 1.99 household rating. Through five games on MSG+ (Game 3 was on NBC), the series averaged a 1.51 household rating, which was the highest rating for an Islanders playoff series since 2001-02 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (1.78 HH). The series average rating was up 131% compared to the team’s 2002-03 playoff appearance vs. the Ottawa Senators (0.66 HH), up 12% compared to team’s 2003-04 first round matchup vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning (1.35 HH) and up 140% compared to the team’s 2006-07 round one matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres (0.63 HH). Islanders regular season telecasts on MSG+ averaged a 0.49 household rating this season, up 133% compared to the 2011-12 regular season average (0.49 HH vs. 0.21 HH), making 2013 the highest-rated Islanders regular season ever on the network (MSG+ began tracking Islanders household ratings at the start of the 1991-92 season). FEATURED STORIES source: http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=671006

Islanders’ future looks promising


The Caps have a 2-0 series lead.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in the Rangers’ Game 2 loss to the Capitals.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 2 between the Rangers and Capitals was a very physical one, with 108 hits recorded.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Sharks forward Raffi Torres scores against Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during overtime to give San Jose a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.  Anne-Marie Sorvin, USA TODAY Sports Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) hits the ice after he was checked by Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau. The Sharks won in overtime.  Anne-Marie Sorvin, USA TODAY Sports Sharks forward Joe Pelech crashes into the net of Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the second period. The Sharks won in overtime, 3-2.  Anne-Marie Sorvin, USA TODAY Sports Blackhawks center Michael Frolik (67) is congratulated by teammates for scoring a goal during the second period. Chicago leads the Wild 2-0 in the first round series.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save against Wild center Mikko Koivu during the second period.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad shoots during the first period against Minnesota. Chicago won 5-2.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates his goal against the Senators. Gallagher’s goal gave Montreal a 2-0 lead and the team won 3-1.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec skates past Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson during the first period. The Canadiens won the game, tying the series up 1-1.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports Senators goalie Craig Anderson stops a wrap around attempt by Canadiens forward Travis Moen during the second period. Montreal won 3-1.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and left wing Matt Moulson (26) react after Okposo scored the game winning goal against the Penguins. New York won 4-3.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Penguins center Sidney Crosby warms up on the ice before the start of game two. Crosby scored two goals in his return from a broken jaw for Pittsburgh.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen leaves the ice after a fight against Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo during the second period.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson makes a save against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game 1 of the first round. Ottawa won 5-4 in OT.  Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports Senators goalie Craig Anderson makes a save on Canadiens right wing Rene Bourque during the second period.  Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson collide next to goalie Craig Anderson during the third period.  Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat and New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin battle for the puck in the first period of Game 1. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/columnist/allen/2013/05/12/new-york-islanders-column/2154247/

Yankee Stadium to host Rangers, Devils, Isles in 2014

Fans interested in more information on ticketing, further news and special offers around the event should register right now to receive more information at nhl.com/2014NewYork . Official fan packages for all NHL signature events will be available from Global Event Forum, the Official NHL Events Fan Package Partner. For more information please visit nhl.com/fanpackages . “We have long thought that Yankee Stadium would be a great venue for outdoor hockey,” said Lonn Trost, New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer. “In addition to being a first-class baseball facility, Yankee Stadium was designed to house unique and memorable events, such as the NHL Stadium Series. Hosting two of the NHL’s classic rivalries at Yankee Stadium will be a great kickoff for the worldwide sporting events in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area scheduled in early 2014.” This will be the second time the New York Rangers have played an outdoor game. They beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. “The New York Islanders are honored to take part in the National Hockey League’s outdoor Stadium Series,” added Islanders general manager Garth Snow . “Our fan base is one of the most passionate in the NHL. The support we consistently receive from our fans was on display during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and I expect it to be on an even greater scale when we take on the Rangers. This is what makes the games against the Rangers one of the best rivalries in the League. I look forward to seeing a strong contingent of the orange and blue in the stands at Yankee Stadium.” Division rivals for years, the teams also have engaged in memorable playoff matchups. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=670867


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