May 1, 2013
Penguins work game plan to perfection in opener against Islanders
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin makes a save during Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday in Pittsburgh. (REUTERS/David DeNoma)

If the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to draw up a perfect plan for Game 1 of an opening playoff series, it would look pretty much like the game they put on the ice against the New York Islanders Wednesday night.

As a No. 1 seed against the eighth, the favourite doesn’t want to give the underdogs hope and the Penguins squashed whatever the Islanders might have had for an opening upset with hard work and attention to detail. The Penguins’ considerable edge in talent, pinned on foundations of work and commitment for this night, resulted in a resounding 5-0 victory and the lead in their best-of-seven series.

Oh, and the Penguins did it without captain Sidney Crosby. The league’s best player did not get medical clearance to resume playing and no date has been set for his return.



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