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.
Cardboard Brooks Orpik
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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All stats are courtesy of nhl.com
See yesterday’s Game Breakers about the Rangers here: http://wp.me/p4zyyB-5P
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