Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Ottawa (Game 2)

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Cooke traveled to Haiti for a humanitarian trip last August with Henderson through the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, which has been dedicated to helping orphans in the country devastated by an earthquake three years ago ( full story on the trip here ). Cooke has experienced their sobering living conditions, so he knows just how much this will help the children he spent time with and grew to love. “I think it’s overwhelming, especially to have the support of the organization that employs me to stand behind me and get involved in the organizations that we’re involved with,” Cooke said. “The money that was raised, it goes without saying how much it means to not only the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, but their involvement in Haiti and what that can provide for kids without parents or a home down there.” START ME UP Good morning Pens fans! Tonight Pittsburgh will host the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at CONSOL Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. The Pens will take the ice at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate. They made a few lineup changes at Thursday’s practice. We’ll see if those hold for today. The Sens have the ice at 11:30 a.m. Stay right here for the latest news and coverage to get you ready for Game 2!! — We’ll kick off the day with some Reel Big Fish – a pretty fun and upbeat ska punk band. source: http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=671010

Senators hoping to tighten up against Penguins

Start with two NHL MVPs in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Add a future Hall of Famer like Jarome Iginla and a Norris Trophy finalist in defenseman Kris Letang. Throw in a grinder to do the dirty work in Chris Kunitz and the Penguins have a unit that’s an electric mix of skill, speed and grit. Give them 2 minutes to work and they can quickly turn a game into a mismatch. It’s a lesson the Ottawa Senators painfully learned during a 4-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday. Despite dictating play at even strength for long stretches, the Senators were practically blown out on the scoreboard after the Penguins went 2 for 3 on the power play and even added a shorthanded goal to seal it in the third period. Pittsburgh made it look easy against the NHL’s best penalty killing team. The Senators stopped 88 percent of the power plays they faced during the regular season, easily tops in the league. All power plays, however, are not created equal. And if the Senators want to even the series in Game 2 on Friday night, they have to either stay out of the penalty box entirely or find a way to stop a unit that’s scoring 38 percent of the time in the playoffs when it goes a man up. The key to Pittsburgh’s success doesn’t rely on Xs and Os as much as remarkable talent that few – if any – teams can match. An eye-popping 37 percent of Penguins’ power plays in the playoffs have ended with an opponent skating slowly out of the penalty box after the red light behind their goal flicks on. source: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/senators-hoping-tighten-against-penguins-210218317–nhl.html

Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins preview

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What the Penguins want to do: 1. Do a better job with their breakouts. The Islanders were effective at hemming in Pittsburgh defenders. 2. Turn the other cheek. Their power play is clicking at 33%. 3. Tighten down the screws defensively. They’re still giving up too many chances and shots. What the Senators want to do: 1. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/05/13/nhl-preview-ottawa-senators-pittsburgh-penguins-second-round/2156943/

Red-hot power play lifts Penguins to 4-1 victory over Senators in series opener

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The puck squirted behind him and was inches from the goal line before Greening reached over the goaltender and poked it in. Malkin responded with his third goal of the playoffs, though his linemates did all the hard work. James Neal poke-checked the puck away from Cowen behind the Ottawa net then fed it to Chris Kunitz. Kunitz then zipped a pass to Malkin’s awaiting stick just outside the goal crease and all the reigning NHL MVP had to do was tap it in to put the Penguins back in front. Ottawa, facing the Penguins for the fourth time in the post-season since 2007, had little trouble getting to Vokoun. They even managed to get the puck by him a few times. Just not into the net. On several occasions Vokoun would find himself on the ground as the puck skittered through the crease or toward the goal. Each time it was steered out of danger. Anderson wasn’t quite so fortunate. Pittsburgh went back to the power play late in the second period and Kunitz stuffed home a rebound off an Iginla shot to give the Penguins a 3-1 cushion. Dupuis, whose five goals against the Islanders led the team, beat Anderson at the end of a short-handed 2-on-1 breakaway with 8:36 remaining to put it away. source: http://news.ca.msn.com/ontario/hamilton/red-hot-power-play-lifts-penguins-to-4-1-victory-over-senators-in-series-opener

 

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