Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & New York Islanders – Round One, Game Five

New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Series Tied 2-2

ROOT, NBCSN, MSG Plus, TSN – 7:00 pm/et

Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Just win the hockey game. And stop playing like you did for most of games two, three and four.

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Game Four: Penguins lost 6-4.

What we said in our recap:

The series is now coming back to Pittsburgh tied up at 2-2. Read that again. This series is tied at 2 games apiece, and Game 5 is being played on home ice. The Pens are extremely lucky to be in this position, and it means it's not too late to right the ship.

The course correction begins with putting Tomas Vokoun in net for Game 5. Vokoun was brought in as insurance for if and when MAF had another playoff implosion. You'd have to be blind not to see the implosion is happening again. The players have lost confidence in MAF, a lot of fans have lost confidence in MAF, and MAF himself is in a dark, dark place right now.
This isn't the time for inspiring "Fleury, Fleury" chants when the lights go down before Game 5.
The Penguins need whichever goalie plays in Game 5 to stop an average shot.

Know Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey

What they're saying:

The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins are now in the phase of their series where familiarity is a given. Contempt has been bred.

They pretty much know what the other side is trying to do, although the Penguins have talked enough about the Islanders' speed and about their own defensive lapses that it's possible Pittsburgh will make a strategic adjustment beyond the blatantly obvious move to get a rattled Marc-Andre Fleury out of there.

Perhaps hoping to make it yesterday's story, the Pens announced on Wednesday that Tomas Vokoun would replace Fleury for Game 5.

The Islanders, as they so often do on gamedays, did not tip which defenseman would be in the lineup to replace the injured Andrew MacDonald.

Pittsburgh Penguins News:

 Iginla: "I think this could be great for us."

 Sidney Crosby is superstitious

 Vokoun speaks.

New York Islanders News:

Why the Islanders are tied in this series.

Carkner: "The more frustrated they get, the better it is for us."

Playoffs = Money.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
James Neal – Evgeni Malkin – Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow – Brandon Sutter – Matt Cooke
Craig Adams – Joe Vitale – Tyler Kennedy

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Douglas Murray – Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres – Kris Letang

Tomas Vokoun

New York Islanders Lines:

Josh Bailey – John Tavares – Brad Boyes
Matt Moulson – Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo
David Ullstrom – Keith Aucoin – Michael Grabner
Colin McDonald – Casey Cizikas – Matt Martin
Mark Streit – Radek Martinek
Brian Strait – Travis Hamonic
Lubomir Visnovsky – Thomas Hickey

Evgeni Nabokov

Do It.

Go Pens.