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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. NY Islanders (Game 2)

Friday, 05.03.2013 / 9:22 AM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. NY Islanders (Game 2)



VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT


--Sam Kasan



SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM

Sidney Crosby



Dan Bylsma



Kris Letang



Pascal Dupuis





--Sam Kasan


ISLANDERS ROUND UP
Islanders held an optional practice this morning. None of their star players participated. All of their goalies did, though. According to beat writer Arthur Staple of Newsday...





Kevin Poulin













--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick



THEY SAID IT





--Wes Crosby and Sam Kasan




PENS PRACTICE PICS


Crosby skates at practice before announcing his return to the world


Crosby admires Letang's hair


Bennett skated with Malkin and Iginla...welcome to the NHL, rookie


Speaking of Iggy


And Geno


Paul Martin with coach Bylsma


Cooke fills in as goalie


Sutter's line will be counted on to shut down Tavares again


Flower guards the cage


Assistant coach Todd Reirden, who works primarily with the D, talks to his star blueliner


Fleury is coming off a Game 1 shutout


The group gathers at center ice

--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick

CROSBY IS BACK!!!
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returns to the lineup tonight for Game 2 versus the Islanders!

“I’m cleared to play tonight,” Crosby said following today's morning skate. “I’m excited to get back in there and play in the playoffs.

“(The doctor) was around and I wasn’t sure if he would give me the OK or even consider it. I’m happy that he did and happy to be back. ... He's comfortable with me getting hit at this point. That's the biggest thing. He has to be comfortable putting me out there. To hear him say that allows me to be comfortable, too."

FULL UPDATE HERE!



--Michelle Crechiolo



MORNING SKATE DEETS
Pens are on the ice for their morning skate. The only missing players are James Neal and Brooks Orpik. Sidney Crosby once again skated with his usual linemates Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Bennett-Malkin-Iginla
Morrow-Sutter-Cooke
Glass-Jokinen-Adams
(Vitale, Jeffrey, Kennedy)

Martin-Engelland
Murray-Niskanen
Eaton-Letang
Despres-Bortuzzo

1st power-play unit: Letang and Iginla up top, Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz down low.
2nd power-play unit: Martin and Niskanen up top, Morrow, Jokinen and Bennett down low.

--Sam Kasan



SUTTER HOME
Notice John Tavares in Game 1? We didn’t either.

New York’s 22-year-old star, who is a Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) contender for his role in leading the Islanders to their first playoff appearance since 2007 and who finished third in the league with 28 goals during the regular season, was held to zero shots in 17:03 minutes of ice time in his team’s 5-0 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center. And for that, Brandon Sutter deserves a lot of the credit.


Full story here.



-Sam Kasan



START ME UP
The Pens host the NY Islanders in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs opening round at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. They'll hit the ice at 10:30 a.m. for a morning skate. The Islanders will skate at 11:30 a.m. Stay tuned for all the details.

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We'll get you pumped up for the game with a little Kanye West (one of Meesh's favorite artists). Here is "Stronger."

Enjoy.



--Sam Kasan

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