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Penguins notebook: Series with Islanders worth another look

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Sunday, May 12, 2013, 5:54 p.m.
 

The Penguins are in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2010. Available tickets for Games 1 and 2 at Consol Energy Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations, including online.

Before the Penguins faceoff against Ottawa, a look back at their opening-round victory over the New York Islanders:

• The Penguins went plus-5 on special teams, scoring seven power-plays goals and surrendering only two on the penalty kill. The previous postseason, in six games against Philadelphia, the Penguins scored nine power-play goals and allowed 15 on the penalty kill.

• Defenseman Simon Despres played only 59 seconds of the 16 minutes, 33 seconds of two combined overtime periods.

• Winger Matt Cooke led all Penguins with 25 hits. Four of the Penguins' top five hitters were forwards: Cooke; Brenden Morrow, 20; Pascal Dupuis, 18; and Chris Kunitz, 14.

• Centers Evgeni Malkin (11) and Sidney Crosby (9) were the Penguins' top scorers. However, they combined to play a part in only one goal. Malkin received a secondary assist on Crosby's first goal of the series in Game 2.

• The period-by-period goal differential for the Penguins: first, 4; second, 6; third, minus 4; overtime, 2.

• The Penguins allowed only 17 goals, and they made a trend of quick responses when they did surrender a marker to the Islanders. Game 2: Crosby scored 18 seconds after Matt Moulson in the first period. Game 4: James Neal scored 45 seconds after Brian Strait in the first period. Malkin scored 58 seconds after Mark Streit in the second period. Game 6: Jarome Iginla scored 2:03 after John Tavares in the first period.

• Dupuis' five goals matched his total from five regular-season games against the Islanders.

• The Penguins' opening goal (Beau Bennett) and clinching goal (Brooks Orpik) were scored by players who had never before scored during the playoffs. Bennett scored in his first game, Orpik in his 78th.

—Rob Rossi

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