Tag:Mike Rupp
Posted on: May 10, 2010 10:49 am
Edited on: May 10, 2010 10:50 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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Tonight's Games

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-2)

• This is not a must-win game for the Penguins. Not in any hard-numbers sense, anyway. But the last thing the Penguins want to avoid is a Game 7, where anything can happen. "I'd like to treat it like it's the end of the world," left winger Mike Rupp said. "You can look at it that their backs are up against the wall -- which they are -- but I like to look at it from the standpoint that it is for us, too." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill injury 'just a cut', hopes to play Game 6. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' fans have reason to celebrate no matter what the outcome. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-1)

• After letting a second-round sweep of the Flyers slip away with a 5-4 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the banged-up Bruins got some much needed rest Sunday. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins know good things follow with faceoff wins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers' Matt Carle understands 0-3 hole, but says team can't get too far ahead of ourselves. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• With Vancouver's season at stake — and with it Roberto Luongo's reputation — the goaltender produced his finest clutch performance in a Canuck uniform since the epic 56-save night three years ago in an elimination game against the Anaheim Ducks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Sami Salo's takes puck to the groin, meaning it would be doubtful he plays in Game 6. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Blackhawks lose focus, getting dropped by Canucks as series heads back to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:57 pm

Penguins even series with physical play

By Erin Brown

Dan Bylsma changed the complexion of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators series with one roster move.

The coach's decision to sit Ruslan Fedotenko in favor of the hulking Mike Rupp sparked the Penguins to play a more physical contest Friday night. Pittsburgh not only tied the series with a 2-1 win, but fixed a number of problem areas from Game 1 in the process.

Pittsburgh, which dished out 38 hits against Ottawa on Wednesday, registered 52 in Game 2. Each Penguin delivered at least one check. Defenseman Brooks Orpik led the team with nine. Even Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin joined in, combining for five.

Pittsburgh limited the Senators to 20 shots by keeping the Senators engaged in tougher play.

Despite allowing a goal 18 seconds into the game, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury benefitted from the limited workload and played with more confidence as the game progressed.

The raised intensity, however, resulted in a shortened Penguins bench. Ottawa's Andy Sutton delivered a clean, but devastating hit to  Pittsburgh's Jordan Leopold near the end of the first period. Leopold, who was motionless on the ice for a few moments, left under his own power and did not return.

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