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Penguins down Isles 6-1;  Playoff opponents narrowing down….

In what must be described as one of the most bland games of the year, the Penguins easily downed the Islanders, 6-1 last night at the Igloo in the 107th consecutive sellout for the Pens.

Evgeni Malkin notched two more assists to pad his scoring lead over Alex Ovechkin to four points with one game remaining for the Art Ross Trophy.  Mathieu Garon got his first start in a while and made what seemed like 130 saves (OK, officially 28).

While the Penguins eventually turned this game into a rout, it was clear that both teams were pretty much going through the motions.  No huge hits, no fights, no elbows, nothing.

As a matter of fact, it was the Isles who got on the board first with a powerplay goal by Isles center Frans Nielsen only five minutes into the game.  But the Penguins knotted the game up at one about ten minutes later when Philippe Boucher pinched in and banged home a loose puck past Isles’ goalie Joey Macdonald to make it 1-1.

Pascal Dupuis was given credit for the Penguins next goal to give them the lead.  While Dupuis brought the puck into the Isles’ zone, Kris Letang went to the net.  Dupuis’ wrister appeared to deflect either off Letang or the Isles’ defender, but Dupuis got the goal to make it 2-1 about four minutes into the second period.  That lead expanded to 3-1 a few minutes later when Jordan Staal made a great cross-ice pass in the Isles’ zone back to Matt Cooke for a one-timer past Macdonald.

Bill Guerin was the recipient of a great Sidney Crosby backhanded centering pass for the easy one-timer past Macdonald to make it 4-1.  Crosby got on the scoreboard with a goal himself when he deflected a Sergei Gonchar slapper from the center point on the powerplay and into the net to make it 5-1.  Tyler Kennedy closed the scoring out with a slapper from the right slot for the final score of 6-1.

Other notes;
- Sorry for the relatively few posts lately, busiest time of the year for me personally.  Rest assured, I’ll be on my game come playoff time.
- It’s down to New Jersey, Philly, or Carolina for the Pens’ possible first round playoff opponents.
- Over $100,000 was raised for the “Fallen Heroes Fund” for the three police officers killed in Pittsburgh last week.
- Another year of the “Shirts of their Backs” promotion for lucky fans getting the Pens’ jerseys after the game.
- Miro Satan was placed on re-entry waivers so he can be on the playoff roster.  We’ll know very soon if anyone has claimed him, which would be strictly to block the Pens from using him, he couldn’t play for any team this year that claims him.
- Only two powerplays for the Pens, scoring on one of them.
- Boucher and Rob Scuderi both were a team-high +3.

Final game of the regular season on Saturday night for the Pens in Montreal.

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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