The highly anticipated matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins turned out to be a huge disappointment for fans of blue and orange. On paper, the two clubs stacked up well against each other, however, it was a much different story on the ice. With the exception of game three, the Penguins took the Islanders to the woodshed - especially goaltender Jake Allen. It is expected that the 27-year old netminder is seeking professional support from a therapist after being chased from the pipes in four of five contest this round. Jake need not worry, as he could always ask Cory Schneider for advice about who he should contact for an appointment. The Penguins have chased the opposing team's starter six times this post season and hope this trend continues against Carey Price and the Buffalo Sabres.
"Under normal circumstances, I tend to keep things consistent with our lines. It allows our players to anticipate plays better due to their familiarity with one another. This hasn't been the case though as we have lost plenty of guys due to injury. This forced me to juggle the lines up and it has not mattered one bit. Our core guys are hungry, our depth players frothing at the mouth. The entire team wants it. They are ravenous," said coach Dan Byslma after their 5-1 series clinching victory.
The Penguins are clipping at an impressive 4.67 goals per game through the first two series. It is no wonder that the [Carolina] Hurricanes and Islanders are planning for next season.
Left winger, Jeff Skinner, continues to lead the Penguins and NEFHL in playoff points (16) and hopes to be a big factor in the conference finals.
"I feel like I am getting good bounces. It's not like I am doing anything differently. It just seems like our line can do no wrong," said the shifty forward.
After subpar first rounds, both Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux tallied 8 points in five games against the Islanders.
With all the guns firing at will, can the Buffalo Sabres slow down the Penguins?