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Steve Mears Is The New TV Voice For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Steve Mears has been hired by ROOT SPORTS as play-by-play broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced today by ROOT SPORTS General Manager Shawn McClintock.

Mears, a native of nearby Murrysville and a graduate of Franklin Regional High School, has spent the past five seasons as co-host of "NHL Live and NHL Now" on the NHL Network. He was the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders from 2006-2009 and worked for the Penguins radio network from 2009-13.

"Steve is a tremendous natural talent who has established himself league-wide as a first-class professional broadcaster," McClintock said. "The fact that he grew up in the Pittsburgh area rooting for the Penguins is an added bonus. Steve has done an outstanding job with the NHL Network over the past five years - including play-by-play work on the Stanley Cup Final for NHL International, as well as the World Junior Championships - and we think he is a perfect fit for this new role with ROOT SPORTS and the Penguins."

Mears has agreed to a multi-year contract with ROOT SPORTS. He will work alongside veteran analyst Bob Errey, who also has agreed to a multi-year deal and will return for his 14th season.

Long-time Penguins play-by-play broadcaster Paul Steigerwald will transition to the Penguins front office in a new role with the communications and marketing departments, the team announced.


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Phil Kessel Does What He Does

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz insisted he couldn't remember what right wing Phil Kessel was yelling about on the bench in the second period. But Kunitz was sitting right next to Kessel. He even laughed as he squirted water into his mouth.

How could he not remember when it apparently was pretty funny?

"I don't pay attention that much," Kunitz said, smiling.

Why not?

"Phil is always yelling," he said, laughing.

Kessel certainly was during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Monday. He was also the only one who did any scoring.

Kessel's goal, his sixth of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, second in the past seven games, with 6:55 remaining in the third period stood up as the difference in a 1-0 win against the Ottawa Senators.

"We could have had a couple more, but he's a good goalie," Kessel said of Ottawa's Craig Anderson, who made 28 saves. "Got to find a way to score on him, and fortunately got one."

continued, includes numerous videos from last night...

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Momentum Swings Back To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators will have to settle for the split.

What choice do they have?

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins put the Senators in their place by winning a 1-0 decision Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to tie the Eastern Conference final, 1-1, as the series shifts back to Canadian Tire Centre for Game 3 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel, who had been frustrated most of the night, broke the scoreless tie at 13:05 of the third period when he picked up his own rebound off a Jean-Gabriel Pageau blocked shot and beat Craig Anderson with the only goal the Penguins needed after completely dominating the Senators in the final 30 minutes.

This might have been the easiest shutout of Marc-Andre Fleury's NHL career. The Senators went a span of 18:53 between the second and third period without even recording a shot on the Penguins netminder. If the game plan was to hang on for dear life, the Senators nearly performed it to a tee until Kessel played hero.

Suddenly, the momentum has moved in the direction of the Penguins. And the Senators are going to have to find an answer quick, because this performance wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination.


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Video- Dion Phaneuf Hit On Bryan Rust

Rust went to the room.



That hit reminds me of Scott Stevens on Slava Kozlov, watch below...

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Open Post- Game 2 Eastern Conference Final

Just like last night, the home team certainly does not want to go on the road down 0-2.  So expect a much better Penguins team tonight.

Comment if so inclined.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, OTT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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Before The Puck Drops On Senators/Penguins

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Zack Smith was searching for the right word to describe the attitude that the Ottawa Senators embody in Guy Boucher’s disciplined system.

He paused.

“Stinginess,” Smith said, “I guess would be a way to describe it. 

It is a stinginess that the NHL hasn’t seen since the New Jersey Devils of a decade gone. It can be an ugly way to play, but to the delight of fans in the Ottawa Valley, the Sens are proving its effectiveness.


The Pittsburgh Penguins knew what was coming against the Senators, yet by the end of Game 1, some of their stars were already showing visible signs of frustration from playing against the kind of staunch defensive front they haven’t faced in two long playoff runs. 

“We definitely noticed,” defenceman Cody Ceci said of Pittsburgh’s frustration. “That just means we’re doing a good job. We try and take it with a grain of salt. We just kind of step back, keep playing the same way. Try not to focus on them too much, just focus on ourselves.”

Most teams talk about focusing on themselves, but the Senators mean it. It’s not hyperbole. Winger Bobby Ryan estimated that 80 per cent of Ottawa’s game plan revolves around their own approach, with only 20 per cent centred on their opponent. 


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The Ottawa Senators Are Rolling And The Pittsburgh Penguins Need More Shots

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Twenty-four years ago, destiny was clearly calling the Canadiens, who won a record 10 games in overtime — with seven different overtime goal scorers — en route to the title. The 1993 Canadiens also remain the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup.

Now, does anyone out there believe in history repeating itself?

Here come the Ottawa Senators, fast writing a story that verges on plagiarism.

When Bobby Ryan burned past Olli Maatta in overtime and scored the winner on Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Senators the early lead on Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final Saturday, it marked Ottawa’s sixth extra time victory of the playoffs.

Ryan has scored two of the overtime goals, with Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris netting the others.

When the Canadiens entered the third round of the playoffs in 1993, they, too, had won five games in overtime.

From there, the ridiculous run of good fortune and the unexplainable — defenceman Eric Desjardins capped a hat trick performance by scoring in overtime — continued.

At this point, anyway, there also appears to be something special in the air for the Senators — Pageau capped his four-goal performance by scoring in overtime — when the puck drops for overtime.


from Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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Bobby Ryan’s Big Moment

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If you listened close enough, you could almost hear it, omnipresent above the groans and grumbling of yellow-clad Penguin fans as they filed out.

No question about it, the voice cheering loudest for Bobby Ryan’s overtime winner came from above.

Hours before maybe the most difficult holiday of his young life, Ryan delivered a magical Mother’s Day present for his late mom, who passed away unexpectedly last July after a brief battle with cancer.

Melody Stevenson was surely beaming with pride as her son raced around Olli Maattaand shovelled a backhand over Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulder to become the first Ottawa Senator to ever score two overtime goals in one postseason. Ryan saved it for the biggest stage of his career, his first appearance in an Eastern Conference final.

Senators 2, Penguins 1.

“It felt great, obviously, to come through,” Ryan said. “An important and crucial moment, I guess.”


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Drop Game 1 To The Ottawa Senators

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

For one of the few times since he took over as Penguins coach, Mike Sullivan spoke and his players didn’t respond.

“We just have to be ready to refocus our energy and reinvest ourselves into this series,” Sullivan said of his preaching to his team before Game 1 Saturday night of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators. “We can’t dwell on the past. We’ve got to turn the page … It always starts with an attitude and a mindset. We can’t ease into this. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to play from the drop of the puck.”

The Penguins were not ready, the result a hurtful 2-1 loss at PPG Paints Arena on Bobby Ryan’s goal at 4:59 of overtime. It is the first time they lost consecutive home playoff games during the Sullivan era. They were skunked by the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the previous series.

This defeat wasn’t all that unpredictable – and not just because the Senators came in with a 5-1 overtime record in these playoffs. The Penguins were coming off their tense 2-0 win against the Capitals in Game 7 in Washington. It is hard to get right back up emotionally for the start of the next series despite the best of intentions.


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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Eastern Conference Final

Two minutes long.


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