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Old 03-29-2007, 08:31 PM   #1611
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Congrats to the Pens on yet another victory, getting to 100 points and overtaking the Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division!
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GO PENGUINS WE ARE DOING AMAZING!!!!
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:50 PM   #1613
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Nice and quick.......

Hats off to Christensen with his two goals and beautiful saucer pass to Army, maybe that will shut up his critics. F-ing idiots. Nice to see Fleury bounce back and stop the bleeding after his horribly played first period.

Christensen = 3 goals in two games even though (for some reason) they took a goal away from him last game. Thankfully that puck hit off Christensen's skate because if it did not it wasn't going in. But we will remain hush-hush about that one.

Anways, nice win and bring on the Leafs.
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Now I don't want to bring anyone down, but as I understand it...

Don't we still need the Devils to lose at least one more game since they have 5 games left and we only have 4?
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Now I don't want to bring anyone down, but as I understand it...

Don't we still need the Devils to lose at least one more game since they have 5 games left and we only have 4?
Yes they do, and it so happens that their game in hand is the final day of the regular season next Sunday against the Isles. The Pens' last game is next Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, so that game could very well determine who wins the division. The Pens must be ahead by at least 1 point going into that game, so that a victory gives them the division title.
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Penguins top Bruins, 4-2. gain first place in Atlantic Division

Friday, March 30, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins might want to hold off ordering the banner just yet. It's a bit early to start mass-producing T-shirts, too.

After all, much can change in the NHL over the next 10 days. And a lot probably will.

Nonetheless, the plain truth is that with little more than a week left in the 2006-07 regular season, the Penguins are in first place in the Atlantic Division.

And they're alone.

Their 4-2 victory against Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden last night raised the Penguins' record to 45-23-10 and made them the fourth 100-point team in franchise history. More important, it lifted them two points ahead of New Jersey in the race to finish atop the Atlantic.

The Devils, it should be noted, have a game in hand, are even with the Penguins in the first tiebreaker (victories) and have the edge in the second (head-to-head competition), so the Penguins hardly have a chokehold on the division lead.

"We just have to keep going," right winger Colby Armstrong said. "Make that final push."

Center Sidney Crosby is making one of those in his bid for the NHL scoring title. He assisted on the Penguins' final three goals to run his league-high points total to 116, 12 more than San Jose's Joe Thornton.

The Penguins -- especially Armstrong -- got a serious scare at 13:45 of the opening period, when his left eyelid was gashed by a high stick from Bruins center Petr Kalus.

The blow was inadvertent, but the Penguins' displeasure that Kalus wasn't penalized was obvious.

Coach Michel Therrien said "we were all surprised" there wasn't a call, and that includes Armstrong.

The difference is, Armstrong didn't waste much energy thinking about it until he was certain he hadn't suffered serious damage to his eye.

"It was pretty scary," he said. "I've never had that close of a call."

Armstrong spent the balance of the first period receiving medical treatment but returned for the second wearing a visor.

The Penguins played without left winger Gary Roberts, who has a bruised right knee. His spot in the lineup was taken by Nils Ekman, who logged 11 minutes, 33 seconds of ice time and recorded one shot.

The Bruins were looking to atone for their miserable showing in a 5-0 loss Sunday at Mellon Arena -- "They dominated the game because of our lack of effort," defenseman Zdeno Chara said -- and grabbed a 1-0 lead 45 seconds after the opening faceoff, when Brandon Bochenski threw an Andrew Ference rebound past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Erik Christensen got that back for the Penguins during a power play at 3:20, as he cashed in a Michel Ouellet rebound from the slot, and Armstrong put them in front at 9:18.

He got a pass from Christensen before sticking a backhander under the cross bar behind Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

"It was just the right distance away from the net to get the angle to go in," Armstrong said.

Phil Kessel countered for Boston at 10:56, swatting the puck out of the air and past Fleury after Evgeni Malkin broke up his attempt to feed it into the crease, but Christensen countered 31 seconds later, putting a shot between Thomas' legs from above the left dot for what proved to be the winning goal.

"I told Max [Talbot] on the bench that I felt like I could get four or five," Christensen said. "That's the way it was going.

"I didn't really think of it like I was playing better than I had been. It was just one of those games where you find yourself in the right spots."

Christensen's second goal, however, was the last by either team until 11:30 of the third, when Malkin capitalized on a Crosby set-up for his 33rd of the season, and fifth in four games against Boston.

While no one will mistake this game for a 60-minute masterpiece -- "It wasn't as intense as probably what we're going to face in the next four games," Crosby said -- the two points count the same as any other pair.

And if the Penguins, who finished with 58 points in 2005-06, win one of their remaining four games, they will match the second-highest point total in franchise history.

But it says something about the maturity of this team -- never mind what so many of the birth certificates say -- that they are not fixated on that. Or even on the battle for first in the Atlantic.

"Our focus just has to be on the next game," Christensen said.

"We can't control what other teams do.

"It's great that we might have a chance to win the division, maybe get home-ice advantage, but that only comes if we're working hard and playing consistently."

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Penguins Notebook: Players to keep an eye on TV

Friday, March 30, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

BOSTON -- The Penguins have this evening off in Toronto, but chances are their thoughts won't stray far from their work.

Not when they're competing for first place in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference, and the two teams they're battling, New Jersey and Ottawa, play tonight. The Devils will face Philadelphia, while the Senators take on Montreal.

The Penguins entered their game against Boston at TB Banknorth Garden last night tied with New Jersey for first in the Atlantic and with Ottawa for fourth in the East.

"We're certainly pulling for Jersey to lose so that we can maybe win the division," defenseman Rob Scuderi said.

Which is why at least some of them will be monitoring developments in the Devils-Flyers game, as well as the one between the Canadiens and Senators.

"On most of the sports channels, they have the ticker going at the bottom [of the screen]," Scuderi said. "I'll definitely pay attention when the NHL scores come up to try to see if [the Devils and Senators] are winning or losing."

Roberts sits out

Gary Roberts sat out last night's game because of the bone bruise and swelling caused when he was struck on the right knee by a Sidney Crosby shot in the Penguins' 4-3 victory Tuesday in Washington, but could return for their game tomorrow in Toronto.

"There's a good possibility [he'll play against the Maple Leafs]," coach Michel Therrien said. "We'll go day-by-day. We hope he's going to be there. He's an important piece of this hockey team."

Roberts went on the ice late in the Penguins' game-day practice at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday morning, his first time on skates since being injured.

His place in the lineup was taken by Nils Ekman, who had dressed for just one of the previous 40 games. Ekman missed the first 28 of those while recovering from a dislocated elbow, the final 11 as a healthy scratch.

"We want to give Nils a chance," Therrien said. "We like Nils' attitude, and you have to reward attitude about work ethic and being prepared and not feeling sorry [for himself] that he's not in the lineup. He's been a good teammate, even when he's not in the lineup. And we figure he's a good player."

Ekman, acquired from San Jose last summer, had six goals and nine assists in 33 games before last night.

Bruins search for answers

Boston gave its roster a major upgrade during free agency last summer, bringing in the likes of defenseman Zdeno Chara and center Marc Savard, but the investment hasn't paid off in the standings, and the Bruins were on the cusp of mathematical elimination from playoff contention last night.

"You can pick so many different answers [for what went wrong]," said Chara, the Bruins' captain. "Point so many fingers in so many directions.

"But we just lost some games we should have won, and we made some mistakes we shouldn't have made. As a team, we have to learn from that and make sure we do better next time."

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Penguins prospect Kristopher Letang was named Canadian Hockey League player of the week after recording four goals and four assists in two games for his team, Val d'Or , during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. ... In addition to Roberts, the Penguins scratched forwards Chris Thorburn and Ronald Petrovicky and defensemen Alain Nasreddine and Joel Kwiatkowski. ... Chara, a former Senators player, on a possible Penguins-Ottawa matchup in the opening round: "I'm sure it's going to be a good matchup. Both teams have a lot of skilled players and like to play that offensive game."

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On the slim chance the Sabres go on a losing streak and we win all our final games we could finish with 108 points and 1st seed
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The Pens cannot celebrate yet. They still have to seal the deal. I'm so excited. I knew they were good, but I thought they would never catch up to the Devils.

Come on, Penguins! Finish it!
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No help from Philly...but then again you wouldnt expect Philly to help the Burgh would ya?


Devils win 3 -1
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