Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Sidney Crosby’s eye-popping goal provided the exclamation point in a 4-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday night as the Penguins took a 3-2 series lead.
Hockey fans aren’t short on opinions and certainly not during the playoffs. When the top seed is tied with the eighth seed after four games, the fans have lots to talk about.
The Islanders are playing like a confident bunch. And after evening up their best-of-seven playoff series against the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, they’re talking like one, too.
The Pittsburgh Penguins return home tonight for Game 5 of their opening round series against the New York Islanders.
“I’m not happy, that’s for sure,” Fleury said softly. “It’s frustrating.” It could soon be worse for Fleury, who might be the backup goalie when the Penguins host the Islanders in Game 5 of the first-round series on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to push the New York Islanders to the brink of elimination when the puck drops for Game 4 tonight.
The Islanders’ rallying cry is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following Sunday’s home loss to the Penguins.
Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away. He never thought it would disappear entirely.
Pittsburgh will begin its quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby. And that’s good news for the Islanders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins finally know who their first round opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be. Heading into the final night of the regular season, it was down to either the Ottawa Senators or New York Islanders.
No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.