Penguins Beat Islanders And Leads Series 3-2
The Penguins managed to defeat the Islanders 4-0 at Consol Energy Center and took an important 3-2 advantage in their series to New York. Now the action returns to Nassau Coliseum on May 11 in what it’s going to be a very decisive match for both teams since Pittsburgh will have the chance of making it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals or New York can tie the series and force a seventh game at the home of the Penguins.
Game five started a bit slow with no goals during the first period but it quickly improved during the second with 3 goals by Pittsburgh. Tyler Kenned scored the first for the locals, then Douglas Murray scored once again and Sidney Crosby put up one more to close the period with a 3-0 advantage. Kris Letang finally sealed the victory for the Penguins with a goal of his own during the third.
Although things seem to favor the Islanders now that they will have home ice advantage, the truth is that Pittsburgh is a team that has already proven that can defeat New York at their own arena during this series and they might have to celebrate their pass to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in front of NY’s fans.
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Blackhawks Are One Game Away Of The Conference Semifinals
The Blackhawks obtained the Stanley Cup back in the 2009-10 season and although they haven’t made it past the first round since then, the team hopes that a victory to the Wild at United Center on February 9 can change that bad statistic for the current regular-season champs.
If the B-Hawks defeat the Wild, they can take the series 4 games to 1 and will advance to the NHL conference semifinals, where they’ll play either the Ducks or the Red Wings. This is actually the first time that these two teams meet at the postseason and it was Chicago who won their regular season series 2-1.
Since both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery were quite dominant during the regular season, nobody really knew who was going to be the chosen one by the Blackhawks to be their starter and when it was finally revealed that it was Crawford who got the job, many questioned the decision of Coach Joel Quenneville as Crawford struggled during last year’s playoffs. At the end it seems like the goalie has done a good job so far and it is likely that he will also be starting at game five in Chicago.
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