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Afternoon Line- Evgeni Malkin

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Time For The Pittsburgh Penguins To Make Some Hard Decisions

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s time the team moves on from Malkin and Letang after 16 tremendous seasons, including three Stanley Cups. No other three teammates have been together that long in NHL history. But it’s time to end the streak.

I believed that going into these playoffs. The Penguins’ fourth consecutive first-round exit eliminated the last of any lingering doubts I might have had. It seems crazy to bring the same core back for another season. What do they say about those who don’t learn from history? Beyond the postseason failures, Malkin and Letang aren’t getting younger. Malkin will be 36 on July 31. Letang is 35. Each becomes a free agent on July 13.

I’m not sure the Penguins can bring Letang back even if they make re-signing him a priority. He should be coveted on the open market. He made $7.25 million this season and should get a big raise. His long-time agent, Kent Hughes, is the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Letang is French-Canadian. Montreal just seems like the perfect fit for him.

Malkin’s age and injury history bother me. I’m not really interested in bringing him back even if he takes a pay cut from the $9.5 million he made this season.

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Expect Changes In Pittsburgh

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have been the gold standard for the NHL over the past decade and half, but it seems like that run is over now and it is time to retool.

There is a new ownership group and it seems eager to put its own front office in place. That probably means the end for Brian Burke as team president and perhaps even the end of Ron Hextall’s run as general manager. Those two things may not happen, but it sure seems like they are on the table.

Mike Sullivan appears to be safe for now, but in the volatile world of hockey coaching, who knows? We have seen plenty of Stanley Cup-winning coaches fired in the past, and while Sullivan is one of the best in the business, he hasn’t had his magic touch in the last four playoff series.

Malkin, Letang and Bryan Rust are all probably going to be priced out of town, as all three are free agents and will come with a hefty price tag. Maybe one of them takes a hometown discount to stay with the Penguins, but that seems like a long shot. They have all won Stanley Cups, so there is no need for them to go championship hunting and take lesser deals, which is why I expect at least two of them to be gone.

The Penguins also have to make decisions about Rickard Rakell, Danton Heinen, Evan Rodrigues, Casey DeSmith, Brian Boyle and Kaspari Kapanen.

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From Both Sides - Rangers/Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... Igor Shesterkin returned, too. He returned to the form that earned the 26-year-old finalist designations for both the Hart and Vezina trophies, putting those nightmares from Games 3 and 4 to bed for good. Shesterkin returned and so did the Rangers return to the template they rode to a 110-point season, that, by the way, has been fully validated.

This is their way. They lean on Shesterkin to the same degree as their forebearers once leaned on Henrik Lundqvist. They rely on their marquee forwards and their power play to make the difference. They do not surrender. They do not give up.

They are far greater than the sum of their parts.

“That’s our team,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “We compete, we battle and we find ways to win games that maybe we shouldn’t have.”

Shesterkin was not the only Ranger to finish this series stronger than he had begun it. He grew. So did the indomitable Mika Zibanejad, whose right-wing rifle tied the contest 3-3 with 5:45 remaining in regulation. I have said this before, and it is true. There is no one you would rather have with the puck on his stick with the game on the line than No. 93.

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from Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Could Use Tristan Jarry Right About Now

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Everybody in hockey – OK, with the exception of the Rangers -- is hoping this Crosby injury is relatively minor. He’s too good for the game to miss more time. His performances are must-see entertainment.

But the Penguins, still up 3-2 in the series, are going to need more than just Crosby to get that fourth win to finish off the Rangers.

They also will need Tristan Jarry.

I get the love affair with Louis Domingue. Pittsburgh justifiably has made him a hockey cult hero. He deserves every bit of that after coming off the bench cold in the second overtime of Game 1 with a full belly of spicy pork and broccoli and making 17 saves to give the Penguins a chance to finally win in the third overtime on Evgeni Malkin’s goal.

I also get that Domingue, a career journeyman by definition, hasn’t been awful. He made a huge third-period save on an Artemi Panarin shot in Game 3 moments before Danton Heinen scored the winning goal for the Penguins. He also made a tremendous save on 52-goal man Chris Kreider on a four-on-one early in the third period Wednesday night to keep the Rangers’ lead at 4-3.

Domingue should never have to buy another dinner or drinks in Pittsburgh again even if his meal is something more substantial than spicy pork and broccoli.

But Domingue has allowed 15 goals in his four starts. His save performance in those games is .873. That’s just not good enough.

That’s why it was so encouraging to see Jarry, who hasn’t played since April 14 because of a broken foot, on the ice for the Penguins’ optional skate Wednesday morning.

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Below watch the game highlights from the Penguins 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

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Video- Sidney Crosby Being Evaluated For An Upper-Body Injury

added 2:53 am 5/12/22, the Sportsnet panel discuss the hit below...

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Casey DeSmith Out For The Season

More injury news for the Pens is below.

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Video- Jeff Carter/Igor Shesterkin Collision

The Sportsnet panel including Kelly Hrudey put the blame on Jeff Carter.

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A New Sidney Crosby

from Rob Rossi of The Athletic,

Sidney Crosby is different now.

Once “The Kid” and still among only a handful of players regularly recognized as the best in the world, Crosby has emerged in his 17th season as a fuller person when it comes to hockey and life — and his appreciation of the two.

He remains most comfortable on the ice. But now he shows more than his comparatively muted goal celebrations, his satisfied glances after setting up a teammate or his routines and rituals that were seeded in Cole Harbour, blossomed with Rimouski and are now rooted throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Now, we see his open-mouthed guffaws when a new teammate cracks a joke, his tears when celebrating a career milestone in front of Pittsburgh fans, his appreciative head nod when he sees longtime teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang make some of their own magic, and even his public acknowledgment of a personal life that, while still closely guarded, is no longer top secret.

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Here Comes The Logos On The Sweaters

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