Game Breakers: Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Derrick Simpson May 2

Today’s 4th and final Game Breakers covers the Pittsburgh Penguins, who take on the New York Rangers tonight at 7 PM eastern. Find out who will make the biggest difference for the Pens and why.

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Cardboard Brooks Orpik

Opposing players tremble in fear when cardboard Orpik line up for a hit

Opposing players tremble in fear when cardboard Orpik lines up for a hit.

   This guy does everything: Blocks shots, gets in the shooting lanes, even stands his ground on opposing players. The paper defender is a real coaches guy too, he’s never even talked back to one!

Being the team player that he is cardboard Cardboard Brooks  lays down to block a shot in practice. Not even a game, A PRACTICE!

Being the team player that he is  Cardboard Brooks lays down to block a shot in practice. Not even a game, A PRACTICE!

For those who don’t know the real Brooks Orpik is injured and the Penguins used a cardboard version of him in a practice as a joke. The rest of the article will be serious… I promise!

Sidney Crosby

The Hart trophy favourite had his fair share of struggles in round one. He was held goalless, seemed quite frustrated by Brandon Dubinsky’s antics at times and was even put on a line with Russian superstar Evgeni Malkin in an attempt to heat up the two. He faced adversity in round one, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Cole Harbour, NS native will bounce back. He is the best player in the world and always seems to come through when it matters most.

At the age of 26 Crosby already has a Stanley Cup and two Olympic Gold medals. Too bad he can't grow a playoff beard.

At the age of 26 Crosby already has a Stanley Cup and two Olympic Gold medals. Too bad he can’t grow a playoff beard.

Evgeni Malkin

The 6’3″ Russian centre lead all Penguins forwards with 7 points in the first round, including a hat-trick in game 6 versus Columbus. Malkin is extremely dangerous and always seems to up his game for the playoffs (he won the Conn Smythe for best playoff performer in 2009). If he can carry the momentum from last series to round 2 he will surely be a handful for the Rangers.

 

blackandgoldworld.blogspot.com Geno Malkin will be hoping to add to his 3 GENOS from the first round

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Geno Malkin will be hoping to add to his 3 GENOS from the first round

Marc Andre Fleury

For the past couple years it seems no one has believed in Fleury (including himself) come springtime. I believe this is his bounce back playoff year. Aside from game 4 in Columbus (fluke 3rd period goal, weak overtime goal) I thought that Fleury played well. It seems like he is slowly regaining his confidence, hopefully for Dan Bylsma Penguin’s this happens sooner rather than later.

Fleury will be hoping to prove his doubters wrong in round 2

Too bad Fleury won’t be this arrogant versus the Rangers

Like what you read? Think I’m a bit off? Leave a comment below!

All stats are courtesy of nhl.com

See yesterday’s Game Breakers about the Rangers here: http://wp.me/p4zyyB-5P

Derrick Simpson, All day Sportz

 

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