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Playoffs 2013Trillo Talk: Penguins defence having its problems

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 07:41 AM

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Islanders forward Casey Cizikas (53) checks defenceman Brooks Orpik in a 6-4 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Islanders forward Casey Cizikas (53) checks defenceman Brooks Orpik in a 6-4 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins need to tighten up defensively if they intend to win their first-round playoff series, despite having outscored the New York Islanders 17-14 through four games.

New York Islanders 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 4

On-Ice: "Defence wins the game, but offence gets the glory." I love that phrase. For the Penguins, the offence always gets the glory, but their defence isn't winning them games. Just like the Sedin twins disappear for the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs, Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has failed to regain his post-season form since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. The Penguins still hold the edge in goals, outscoring the Islanders 17-14 in the series, but considering New York was shut out in Game 1, that isn't good enough. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma did not rule out starting Tomas Vokoun in Game 5.

Off-Ice: Can you believe Sidney Crosby got hit in the face AGAIN with a puck and AGAIN it's against the Islanders?!? Thank goodness for the new headgear he's sporting.

Stay classy Islanders fans. When an announcement needs to be made to tell you to stop throwing things on the ice or else the Islanders will get a penalty, that's not a good thing.

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Ottawa Senators 3, Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT)

On-Ice: Sorry to all the MMA fans who tuned in Game 4. It had a good flow to it -- well, with some cheap shots here and there, of course. But I have to say the most entertaining part of this series happens after the game during the coaches' press conferences. I have a lot of respect for Senators head coach Paul MacLean, but insisting on calling Habs players by their numbers instead of their names is a wee bit disrespectful. Sure, it's mind games -- and it's getting under Montreal's skin -- but is that how you want to be remembered?

Off-Ice: An 11-year-old named Keila Penner got quite the treat tonight. She's from Lachine, Que., but she's a huge Senators fan. When she wore her Sens jersey to school, she was asked to remove it because the school said it was "Habs Jersey Day". Upon hearing the story, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk had a limo pick up Keila and her family and drive them to Ottawa to watch their favourite team win it in OT.

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Minnesota Wild 0

On-Ice: The Blackhawks had 26 blocked shots -- 26! While Corey Crawford was nicely  protected, someone clearly has voodoo dolls of the Wild goalies. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews crashed into Josh Harding, causing injury, so young Darcy Kuemper was called into action. Then, out of nowhere, Niklas Backstrom casually made his way to the bench in full gear -- as the backup! Wild times in Minny, for sure.

Off-Ice: Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith became a daddy for the first time Tuesday morning. He flew to Chicago to be with his wife, Kelly-Rae, who gave birth to a baby boy, then he flew back to Minnesota. Get used to no sleep Papa, it gets worse. 

San Jose Sharks  4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (OT)

Why add salt to the wounds?

Follow Andi Petrillo on Twitter @andipHNIC 

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