Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers

Seven teams in the Western Conference are gunning for the Predators.

As the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins understand this as well as any team in the playoffs, and they all anticipate altering their games in their own subtle ways. Star players Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are in top form and they desperately want to create history by winning their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

If Pittsburgh has a weakness, it's in its group of defensemen. "When it's us or it's them, that's how you find those rivalries". Well, this year they're going to be heading back to the Finals but not against the Penguins. Krug racked up a career-high 59 points and his 45 assists led all Boston defensemen and ranked second on the team. If Giroux can still be a one-man wrecking crew then the Flyers will have a chance. "You probably see the amount of blocked shots go up in the playoffs, the amount of hits - the little things that may not be on the stat sheet is kind of what I guess gets your team through the playoffs".

While the Penguins were lighting up the scoreboard, the Flyers were searching for answers.

Early April means skepticism with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

When Predators players think about those Ducks series and other tense ones over the past several years, they know there haven't been a lot of fights - and they're not alone. The Penguins capitalized on great scoring chances throughout the game. These teams have now squared off five times this season and the Penguins have scored at least five goals in every meeting. All of those are nice, but Ovi has not even been to the finals. New Jersey and Colorado had the distinction in 2017-18, joining the Red Wings/Rockies (finished last in '76-77), Bruins/Sharks (last in '96-97) and Maple Leafs/Oilers (last in '15-16). The Lightning may have the deepest offense in the league, led by Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. "They were the better team. Like everything else we'll look hard at it, but right now my first gut instinct is he that he is our guy and I don't see a reason why we would go away from him". Crosby will center the first with Malkin centering the second and Kessel playing right wing on the third.

Vegas is going to finish first in the pacific division this season. said no one in the whole world.

The battle will most likely come down to win goalie can steal a win for their team. The Penguins lost their composure at times, leading to a string of power plays that Philadelphia rode to victory. None of those players are over the age of 22. Younger talents like Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick have also made their presence felt. The Penguins defense leaves the net-minder in a vulnerable position too much of the time.

The Blue Jackets made a key acquisition over the offseason acquiring Artemi Panarin from the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is my favorite round of the playoffs because all the teams involved will be on my television at some point.

It doesn't matter whether it's Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby, Craig Anderson or Pekka Rinne in net, the Penguins have a penchant for turning Vezina candidates and winners alike into victims in the playoffs.

Columbus does have a glaring problem and that is their goal scoring.

Since the start of March, Grubauer conceded 23 goals and recorded a pair of shutouts, while Holtby let in 21 goals in two fewer games. They are exciting to watch and they are certainly inspirational type goals for our team.

Despite all of this, and clinching a playoff spot after missing out previous year, a tough road lies ahead for Dave Hakstol's squad. Special teams on both sides of the ice. His 33 power-play points was the most among d-men. Alexander Ovechkin continues to solidify himself as one of the greatest scorers of all time by leading the National Hockey League with 49 goals, and veteran scorers T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom have also contributed on the offensive end of the ice. A tough matchup against Tampa Bay could stop them dead in their tracks.

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