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Playoffs 2013Penguins smother young Islanders in opener

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 12:13 AM

Categories: New York Islanders, PIT vs NYI, Pittsburgh Penguins, Playoffs 2013

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Penguins rookie Beau Bennett, right, celebrates his first career playoff goal with defenceman Kris Letang Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press) Penguins rookie Beau Bennett, right, celebrates his first career playoff goal with defenceman Kris Letang Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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The New York Islanders were simply no match for the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern quarter-final matchup Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins weren't too thrilled with Islanders centre Marty Reasoner following Pittsburgh's 5-0 victory against the Islanders on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals at Consol Energy Center.

But they sure were pleased with themselves.

Playing the impressive trademark game that has become their trademark, the Penguins simply smothered the young Islanders into submission in Game 1.

"We did what we had to do," defenceman Mark Eaton said. "We played well."

A couple of injuries are the Penguins' only concern entering Game 2.

Late in the third period, Reasoner stuck out his right leg to hit Jussi Jokinen in a hit many Penguins believed was dirty.

"I don't think he's a guy who has that kind of reputation," Eaton said. "But, at first glance, it didn't look clean."

An even more serious injury was potentially sustained in the second period. Right wing James Neal fell awkwardly after being hit into the boards and did not return. The injury was apparently to his right leg. Bylsma sternly offered little injury information following the contest.

Twitter mistake

How about the rookie? And how about the Penguins' Twitter feed?
Moments before game time, the Penguins official Twitter account wrote that Tyler Kennedy was starting on the fourth line.

That turned out to be a mistake, as rookie Beau Bennett got the start. And what a start it was.

In his playoff debut, Bennett scored the game's first goal on his first shot.

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  • A cool sense of confidence was evident in the Penguins' locker room following the contest. They are the Stanley Cup favorite and they acted like it following the game.
  • What a rough night for John Tavares, the Islanders' star and MVP candidate. He did not produce a point, didn't produce a shot on net and was pummeled all game by the physical Penguins.
  • The Penguins didn't miss Sidney Crosby or Brooks Orpik on this night, and optimism remains that both could be available at some point in the series.

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