Game Prep: Playoff Game 6- This Is War
Now It's War.
2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 7: Penguins vs. Rangers in Pittsburgh, PA
This is now a war.
Sidney Crosby is out tonight. He’s been concussed for at least the 5th time in his career by a targeted headshot from Jacob Trouba during Game 5. There’s not much left to say about the despicable act that hasn’t been said already. It’s been addressed in detail on our Twitter @PensReport.
All I can say is this is war. I hope the Pens come out and make this disgusting franchise that is the Rangers and Trouba head home with their year ended tonight in Game 6 and that they win this for Sid. They owe him that much.
To potentially end the Crosby-Malkin-Letang era with Sid sidelined yet again to a head injury that was done deliberately is almost too much to think about. And all because New York and their subpar players, their incapable coach, and their paper tiger, playoff choke artist of a goalie are such a fraud of a post-season team they can’t even beat the Pens while they’re down to #3 goalie, now without 2 of their top 6 forwards, top 2 goalies, and top pair defensemen. It's all because the New York Rangers are a joke. is mind-boggling. It’s repulsive. It’s the NHL.
I hope the Pens make the Rangers regret ever throwing the first hit in Game 1 tonight. Let alone the high head that took out Sid, or the one that took out Rickard Rakell, or the knee hit that took out Dumoulin, or the stick to Casey DeSmith’s midsection that caused his surgically repaired core muscles to be retorn.
We all know this was New York’s only game plan from the word go in Game 1 and now they’ve been successful at not only taking out 4 Pens players in 5 games but the greatest player in the game today.
Retribution needs to be had. And some stupid little orchestrated fight isn’t going to cut it.
The Pens need to humiliate the Rangers and send them packing. It’s paramount. This has gone too far. It's gone too far this last game, in this series, and throughout Sidney Crosby’s nearly 20-year NHL career.
This is too far. A league where the only strategy every team uses to succeed is to immediately hit the best player in the head to cause a brain injury is obsolete. (And WITHOUT ANY punishment!) Especially when hockey is a skill game and without that skill you have nothing. But without headshots you still have hockey. Unfortunately, in this league headshots are endorsed.
That's why it's history, it's going extinct along with dinosaurs.
And things must change one way or another. The Penguins need to make it change.
Here are the currents stats behind this appalling series:
[Essential Game Info]
Pens Playoff Game #6-
Match-Up: Penguins (3) vs. Rangers (2)
Date: Friday, May 11, 2022
Time: 7 PM (ET)
Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Venue: PPG Paints Arena
TV Broadcasts: Nationally- TNT | Local Simulcasts- ATTSN (PIT), MSG (NYR) | Canadian TV- CBC, SN, TVAS
Radio Broadcasts: Local- 105.9 The X & The Penguins Radio Network | National- SiriusXM
Streaming Broadcasts: Broadcast TV over select streaming services, next day on ESPN+
App Updates: Penguins App
[Team Stat Comparisons]
Series: 3-2 PIT
Team Streaks: PIT- 1 loss, NYR- 1 win
Power Play % (Rank): PIT- 26.7% (5th), NYR- 25% (6th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank): PIT- 75% (11th), NYR- 73.3% (12th)
Faceoff % (Rank): PIT- 57.8% (1st), NYR- 42.2% (16th)
Goals For/Game (Rank): PIT- 3.80 (12th), NYR- 4.60 (15th)
[Stat Leaders By Team Comparisons]
Goals: Jake Guentzel, 7.
Assists: Sidney Crosby, 7.
Points: Sidney Crosby, 9.
Shots: Jake Guentzel, 30.
Plus/Minus: John Marino, +4.
TOI/G: Kris Letang, 30:34.
FO%: Teddy Blueger, 72%.
Hits: Mike Matheson/Jason Zucker, 15.
Blocks: Kris Letang, 16.
Takeaways: Sidney Crosby, 9.
Goals: Andrew Copp/Adam Fox, 3.
Assists: Mika Zibanejad/Artemi Panarin, 4.
Points: Artemi Panarin, 6.
Shots: Ryan Strome, 23.
Plus/Minus: Jacob Trouba, +5.
TOI/G: Adam Fox, 29:10.
FO%: Kevin Rooney, 47.2%.
Hits: Ryan Reaves/Jacob Trouba, 21.
Blocks: Jacob Trouba, 9.
Takeaways: K’Andre Miller, 11.
[Projected Starting Goalie Comparisons]
#70- Louis Domingue, Penguins-
Series Record: 3-2-0, 3.56 GAA, .900 SV%
Career Playoff Record: 3-2-0, 3.32 GAA, .904 SV%
Career Record vs. Rangers: 3-1-0, 2.73 GAA, .906SV%
Last 5 Games Record: 2-3
#31- Igor Shesterkin, Rangers-
Series Record: 2-2-0, 3.99 GAA, .905 SV%
Career Playoff Record: 2-3-0, 3.84 GAA, .905 SV%
Career Record vs. Penguins: 5-3-1, 2.11 GAA, .924 SV%
Last 5 Games Record: 2-3
That's about all I'm in the mood for today, folks. Let's just win this for Sid.