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Penguins Report: Practice 5/6/13

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 10:17 AM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: Practice 5\/6\/13



PLAYOFF UPDATE
Thanks to Trib Total Media's Rob Rossi for joining me on the playoff update. We talk about the takeaway from Game 3 and what to expect in Game 4.



--Sam Kasan



SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM

Dan Bylsma




Paul Martin



Brenden Morrow




--Sam Kasan



THEY SAID IT...


--Sam Kasan



PITTSBURGH'S SAAD CALDER FINALIST
In January, we watched as three members of the biggest draft class to ever come out of the Pittsburgh area – John Gibson, J.T. Miller and Vince Trocheck – won gold with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship, an accomplishment that was the crown jewel of strong seasons for all of them. Now, it’s time for the fourth and final member of that group to be recognized for the season he is having.

Gibsonia native and Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad today was named as one of three finalists for the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy, honoring the National Hockey League’s top rookie. Saad, 20, scored 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games this season with the President’s Trophy-winning Blackhawks.

Full story here.

This is a fantastic achievement for local product Saad, who we have been following for at least five years since he was with the USNTDP. We've covered him a lot over the seasons, and he has been nothing but a pleasure to deal with. Brandon is a quiet, polite, well-mannered young man who is just a beast on the ice, and we wish him the best of luck in what's sure to be a successful NHL career.



--Michelle Crechiolo



PRACTICE DEETS
The Penguins are holding an optional practice at Nassau Coliseum. Brooks Orpik and James Neal both on the ice in full gear with the team.

Players that partook in the practice were forwards Tyler Kennedy, Brenden Morrow, Neal, Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale, Dustin Jeffrey, Jarome Iginla, Brandon Sutter and Craig Adams, defensemen Simon Despres, Orpik, Douglas Murray, Deryk Engelland, Paul Martin and Robert Bortuzzo and goalies Tomas Vokoun and Eric Hartzell.





--Sam Kasan



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--Sam Kasan



GAME 3 RECAP
Here's one final look back at the coverage from Pittsburgh's dramatic Game 3 overtime victory...

Analysis
“Going into overtime our mentality was good,” Crosby said. “We weren’t dwelling on the fact that they came back. We knew we had overtime to change the outcome and get the win.”

“A little bit of calmness,” Kunitz said of the mood. “Everyone was regrouping, knowing that we needed a good effort to get back into it after they got the building back into the game.”

The Penguins played aggressive in overtime. It was the Islanders that were on their heels. Or more apt, it was Brian Strait who was on Crosby’s heels. As the Penguins captain skated out of the corner with the puck, Strait pulled him to the ice. Pittsburgh was awarded a power play.

Full story here.




Kunitz Plays Hero
And on Sunday, he showed everyone why his teammates always speak so highly of him by scoring the overtime winner 8:44 into the fourth period at Nassau Coliseum to give the Penguins a 5-4 win over the Islanders and a 2-1 series lead.

“(That felt) really good, definitely to get the win there in overtime,” Kunitz said. “In a game that had too many bad plays by us to be able to let them come back and get them in front, we did a good job of getting one in overtime.”

Full story here.




Three For Five
Special teams wasn’t just part of the storyline in Game 3 of the opening-round series between the Penguins and the Islanders. It completely changed the narrative, primarily Pittsburgh’s power play versus New York’s penalty kill.

That’s because the Penguins finished 3-for-5 with the man-advantage on Sunday at Nassau Coliseum, with Chris Kunitz scoring the overtime winner on a power play to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead. The other two came 19 seconds apart in the first period to tie the score at 2-2 after the Islanders got out to a quick 2-0 lead.

Full story here.



(All photos courtesy of Getty Images)

--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo



START ME UP
Good afternoon Pens fans. The team has a 2 p.m. practice scheduled at Nassau Coliseum Monday. The Islanders hit the ice at 11 a.m. for their on-ice session.

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Let's start the day with a look back at Sunday's Game 3 highlights. Enjoy.




--Sam Kasan

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