Penguins Excited to Be Back Home Were Going to Need Our FansWith the Pandemic that decimated the hockey world last year‚ the Penguins were forced to play with few to no fans. In fact‚ Sidney Crosby's thousandth game was played in a nearly empty building. But when they returned to Pittsburgh last March‚ the building filled to only 15% capacity. It was only when the playoffs started that the number of fans increased to 50%. The Penguins need their fans now more than ever.
Game 3 win for Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a huge Game 3 win over the New York Rangers‚ and they have one goaltender to thank for it: Louis Domingue. Domingue‚ who started Game 1 against the Rangers‚ stopped all 17 shots in the victory. But he was not so successful in Game 2‚ giving up five goals on forty shots. Domingue made his playoff debut in Game 2 due to an injury to Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry. The game against the Rangers has been full of unexpected moments‚ but the Penguins finally made up for that in Game 3. After blowing a three-goal lead in the first period‚ Pittsburgh finally found a way to finish off Igor Shesterkin's chance. The team also got a power-play goal and secondary scoring to take a 2-1 series lead. And it was just the start. In the second period‚ the Penguins tied the game again‚ with a late goal from Danton Heinen. It came after a penalty kill on the Rangers' Artemi Panarin. After that‚ Pittsburgh regained the lead with a goal from Jake Guentzel. And then there was an empty-net goal from Sidney Crosby to give the Penguins a 7-4 win.
Jaromir Jagr's departure from RangersWhen Jaromir Jagr's exit from the New York Rangers was first announced‚ it seemed like it was all over the internet. But a report on the Rangers' Web site this morning indicates otherwise. Jagr has said repeatedly that he would prefer to stay with the Rangers. He has also said that he is interested in playing for his father's team in the Czech Republic. While the numbers may seem like a mirage‚ his impact on NHL history will remain sempiternal. The former Rangers center currently holds the team record for most goals and points in a single season‚ beating the records of legendary players such as Gordie Howe. No Ranger from the 2000s has ranked in the top 10 in either the league scoring or overall points leader lists since. As for the chants for Jagr's firing‚ those chants will not go away. But they may not be as loud. In addition to the Rangers' best player since the 2005 lockout‚ the Oilers have also picked up Jaromir Jagr. Unlike Jagr‚ the Oilers have a strong prospect in the form of Alexis Lafreniere. The Oilers are in dire need of a center to help fill the void left by Jagr. While Jaromir Jagr's trade from the Rangers is a shock‚ it is not the end of the world. The Rangers have a full season of hockey left after this weekend‚ with three home games against the Panthers and an away game against the New Jersey Devils. There are four games in total‚ so they are unlikely to be completely devoid of Jaromir Jagr.
Goals by RodriguesWhile the numbers don't lie‚ there are some encouraging indicators of progress. The first of these is the growth in his performance in the battle areas of the ice and at the net-front. It's not always easy for goal scorers to get to the scoring area‚ but Rodrigues has a knack for battling his way through a bunch of bodies to get there. His drives to the net often coincide with the release of a teammate's shot. Evan Rodrigues has scored 15 goals this season‚ his highest total in the NHL. Before that‚ he had scored only eight goals in his entire career. It took 18 games before he managed to score in the NHL. But that streak ended Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes. He was a player deemed unworthy of a roster spot less than two seasons ago by some. Since then‚ his shot has become more accurate and he has improved his defensive impact as well. Another recent goal by Rodrigues shows his improved play in the offensive zone. He has more controlled zone entries than any other Penguin forward‚ and these entries often lead to scoring chances. Moreover‚ he crosses the offensive blue line with puck possession‚ which feeds his ability to generate quality chances and shots. That's a good sign for the Penguins. So‚ don't overlook Rodrigues. He's a vital piece to the Penguins' offensive success.
Penalty kill comes to lifeThe Pittsburgh Penguins are excited to play their first home game of the playoffs in PPG Paints Arena on Monday night. After playing a series of home games in empty bubbles this year‚ the team is excited to return home and play for our fans. The Penguins were 1-0-1 in the regular season before losing two of three games in the first round. Despite the loss‚ the team was still excited to play for their hometown fans on Tuesday. With Game 3 in Pittsburgh‚ the Penguins are looking forward to the atmosphere and hope that it will be just as enthusiastic as the atmosphere was in the first two games. This is the first home game the Penguins have played fully in the postseason since last spring‚ and Crosby hopes to capitalize on the momentum. Crosby is hoping to build on the momentum that has been built over the past two games and capitalize on the momentum of his teammates. After the pandemic that plagued the NHL last season‚ the Penguins have had to play without their fans for a majority of the regular season. Last March‚ when the team returned home‚ the building was only 15% full‚ and the number of fans increased to 50% by the playoffs. This means that the impact of the fans is even greater. It isn't just the fans that make a team win and lose. The fans' energy will make or break their success.
Malkin's resurgenceEvgeni Malkin's resurgence has been attributed to a few factors. The Russian forward has become more aggressive‚ making more plays and recognizing teammates' presence. His penalty minutes are on pace to break the NHL record‚ but his temper has remained cool throughout. He also has not shown signs of rattle‚ despite being a part of questionable plays. Most importantly‚ Malkin has made smart play decisions‚ protecting his team's interests in the process. Evgeni Malkin's resurgence has been largely attributed to his willingness to adapt to new roles. His slight adjustments have paid off and his team's performance has improved. Malkin is the team's top scorer and is still a harbinger of exciting plays. However‚ Malkin's resurgence could also be the result of his strained relationship with center Phil Kessel. While Malkin's career has been plagued by injuries in recent years‚ he has shown great signs of resiliency. Last season‚ Malkin suffered a setback after tripping over Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Letang. He was out for 11 games‚ but returned on Nov. 2 and already has four goals. In the playoffs‚ he was held scoreless one game‚ but then scored two goals in the 2-1 overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings. In addition‚ he is a plus-11. In 2008-2009‚ Evgeni Malkin posted his best season statistically. He finished with 113 points and won the Conn Smythe trophy. In the 2010-2011 playoffs‚ he had 36 goals and 78 assists. This season‚ he has 33 goals and 33 assists‚ and is just half a point behind his 2009-2010 playoff season. So‚ is his resurgence a sign of confidence?
Iceburgh bobbleheadAs the Pittsburgh Penguins return home for the second time in as many seasons‚ Agway Energy Services has continued its relationship with the team by producing a limited-edition Iceburgh bobblehead. Available to new and returning customers‚ the bobblehead is available while supplies last. While the limited-edition bobblehead is available for purchase in the Penguins store‚ there are several other Penguins-themed bobbleheads available for fans to purchase. In addition to hosting five theme nights during the 2019-2020 season‚ the Penguins will also be giving away a free 2021-22 NHL game to lucky fans. The giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US/DC. Fans can enter daily to win one of the Penguins Excited to Be Home Were Going to Need Our Fans Iceburgh bobblehead. The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is also offering a limited edition HHOF 6X22 Pic Frame that honors the team's history. This unique item is sure to impress your friends and family. The Penguins' team calendar and magnet are two more ways to show your Penguin pride. The Pittsburgh Penguins' magnetic schedule are presented by UPMC‚ while the team's cooler bag and hat are sponsored by PPG.
When Pens go up, 2-1, in a 7-game series, they've won 10 of the last 12.
When Pens trail, 1-2, in a 7-game series, they've lost 8 of the last 12. — Bob Grove (@bobgrove91) May 7, 2022
Mike Sullivan said Tristan Jarry did not skate today, it was a day off for him.
It's also a day off for the whole team, who will be back on the ice for morning skate ahead of Game 4 on Monday. — Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) May 8, 2022