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Old 05-01-2008, 07:15 AM   #5421
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Time for Crosby and Company to pull out the brooms and send the Czeckin and his pansies in blue teammates to the golf course!!!

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Time for PUCKS OF FLEURY!!!!
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:32 AM   #5422
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Habs are going to get knocked out next game
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:46 AM   #5423
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Very nice read from nhl.com on our Pens!

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Pens remain unbeaten in postseason
Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer Apr 30, 2008, 12:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK – Unbeatable isn’t a word thrown around too often in hockey circles. So many games equates to so many opportunities to fumble good chances and fall on the unfavorable side of the scoresheet.

Invincible is another one of those faux-pas words. No team is invincible the way no team is unbeatable.

Unless, of course, you’re talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins, who so far in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs haven’t just been unbeatable, they have been invincible. The Penguins ran their playoff record to 7-0 with a 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden tonight in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers.

It would take a miracle — yes, those can happen in hockey, we know that — for the Rangers to win this series now that they’re behind three games to none. Only two teams have come back from 3-0 deficits to win a series, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders, against Pittsburgh.

However, these unbeatable — or invincible, if that’s the word you prefer — Penguins won’t let their fairy-tale ride through the first half of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs alter their original thinking that being crowned king of the NHL won’t be easy, or at least can’t be this easy.

“We’re looking for perfection,” Ryan Malone said. “All of us are still looking for that perfect 60 minutes.”

Although the Penguins are perfect in these playoffs, they have no trouble finding faults in their own game. It’s how they stay grounded.

On Tuesday night, that meant focusing on a sub-par second period when they let the Rangers outshoot them 14-4 and storm back to tie the game at 3-3 with a pair of goals.

Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal with 2:07 remaining in the period gave Pittsburgh the lead and momentum back heading into the third, but it was almost an afterthought to these Penguins, who may even be searching for negatives now just to have something tangible to work on in practice.

“To be honest, I haven’t heard anyone on our team even make a mention or a point of what our record is,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “It might seem cliché, but we really are just going period by period here. We were probably lucky after the second period to still have a lead.”

Added Malone: “You take a period off like that … those bounces may not go our way sooner or later.”

“You can’t say that in hockey,” forward Pascal Dupuis said, referring to the word invincible. “It’s great to win. I can assure you that. It helps everything. Everybody is pretty confident out there, but we have to stay grounded. We’re playing a great team.”

Staying grounded should be easy because the Penguins have acted out the old “We haven’t won anything yet” routine following each of their seven wins. However, in this series in particular, they have proved capable of winning in different ways, which only builds confidence.

In Game 1, they came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 in a virtual track meet. In Game 2, they won 2-0 in a defensive battle that was a 1-0 game until an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left. In Game 3, they won by holding off a hungry and desperate team that would end up outshooting them 39-17.

The Penguins jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period, but that disappeared by 13:11 of the second period when Jaromir Jagr scored his third of the playoffs just 1:04 after Ryan Callahan got his second.

This was after the Penguins had to kill off three straight power plays, including a pair of 5-on-3s that combined for 75 seconds.

“We probably should have had the momentum there after we killed all those penalties, those two 5-on-3s,” Orpik said. “We didn’t. They kind of wore us out and they definitely had us back on our heels.”

However, back on the power play over two minutes later thanks to a needless boarding penalty by Ryan Hollweg, the Penguins somehow forgot momentum wasn’t on their side and went ahead and scored the go-ahead goal anyway.

“I don’t think anyone feels worse in this building than Ryan Hollweg,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said of the Rangers’ agitator, who played only 3:46 but destroyed the Rangers’ momentum when he drove Sykora into the boards from behind. “It was a very tough penalty to take, we know that. We came close to killing it, but (we were) unsuccessful at the end of the day.”

That’s because the Penguins kept the puck in the zone, exhausting the Rangers penalty-killers. Sidney Crosby eventually fed Malkin with a circle-to-circle pass and the Russian MVP candidate ripped a shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with three seconds left in the power play for his second goal of the game and fifth of the postseason.

“Geno got a big goal and we were able to hold it,” Crosby said, “but certainly that second period is not what we want to see. That’s not our style.”

The second period stuck in the Penguins’ minds so much that instead of getting giddy at the potential of closing out the Rangers at MSG on Thursday, they were focusing on what they need to do better in order to have a chance at winning that game.

Yes, that means they were focusing on what they need to do in order to have a chance at beating the team they have already beaten three times in three distinct ways.

If that’s not staying grounded, what is?

“We’re not thinking about winning the first seven games,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien added. “What we did before is in the past. We learned, and tonight we have to learn from that second period and to make sure we’ll be better in the next game.”

Even if they’re not, who’s to say there will be a Game 5 anyway?
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I hope we rest Scuderi and Talbot and go with Sydor and Roberts. It's nice to have decent veteran backups.

I hope we can clinch tonight and give the injured guys a little extra rest before the Conference Finals.
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Great NY Times Article on Crosby and Malkin and the Pens

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/sp...tml?ref=hockey


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Is this the next great dynasty? That is the only logical reaction after seeing the brilliance of Sidney Crosby, 20, and Evgeni Malkin, 21, in the same uniform or, good grief, on the same power-play unit.

This rave is not merely about hockey. This is about talent, the kind of chemical reaction that happens when two potent forces are mixed together. Martin and Lewis. Torvill and Dean. Nuclear fusion. Something that wasn’t there before.

Crosby and Malkin have led the Pittsburgh Penguins to seven straight victories so far in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and there is no reason to think the Rangers will stop them Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Right now, the Penguins are a pleasure to watch, the way they control a power play, flitting the puck back and forth with their teammates, wearing down the Rangers, a child’s game of keep away being performed in public, in the Rangers’ building, as they say in hockey.



The Penguins broke the Rangers near the end of the second period for what turned out to be the winning goal in a 5-3 victory Tuesday night. They are young and getting better in this springtime, the season of the Stanley Cup.

Crosby is the verbal Canadian and Malkin is the more silent Russian, still learning the languages of the N.H.L., but they are equals when they join forces on a power play.

They bring back memories of the great young dynasty in Edmonton in the early ’80s, when Wayne Gretzky would tantalize with his otherworldly touch and Mark Messier would intimidate with his power and intensity. And then Glen Sather would throw them together on a power play, ice and fire, the dawning of a new age.

Crosby and Malkin are not that opposite in style and temperament. They are both centers on their own lines, No. 87 and No. 71 in the strange high numerology of the modern N.H.L., and they force opposing coaches to choose their poison.

When they play together with a man advantage, they are downright pretty to watch, with their hipper-dipper moves, the control of the puck with their sticks, the alert passes, the crisp reversals of direction, often slightly quicker than their opponents, with little bursts of skill and intelligence, superiority coming out, breaking down the home team in front of despairing fans.

“As a team, what is impressive about them is that they are bending but not breaking,” Rangers Coach Tom Renney said. “That’s maybe something they have got going for themselves right now.”

More than any other team sport, hockey comes close to being an art form because of the patterns and the repetitions, the bright uniforms, the flurries of action punctuated by bursts of improvisation.

“I’m a fan when I see them go out there,” said Marc-André Fleury, the Penguins’ goaltender, who had to guard against being a spectator lest the Rangers suddenly rush down the ice.

The power play happened Tuesday night late in the second period after the Rangers had fought back for a 3-3 tie and all things seemed possible. Ryan Hollweg, a rambunctious marginal Ranger, took a foolish boarding penalty with 4 minutes 4 seconds remaining.

Playing without two key members of their penalty-killing unit, the makeshift Rangers defended valiantly, desperately, while Crosby and Malkin wore them down with the help of their mates Marian Hossa, Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Malone.



This is today’s N.H.L. — a Canadian, a Russian, a Czech, another Russian and a guy from Pittsburgh who under the jersey and the padding has swirls of tattoos — clouds and dragons and mysterious calligraphy. “My bad habit,” Malone calls the tattoos.

Malone knows his role. Get up in front of the crease and let the skaters skate and the passers pass — “get a lucky bounce,” Malone said, although there seem to be few lucky bounces when Crosby and Malkin strut their stuff.

They wound up using almost the entire two-minute penalty, until Crosby chased down a loose puck and flicked it to Gonchar, who passed it to Crosby, who found Malkin relatively free.

“I knew there was not much time and I had to shoot,” said Malkin, who scored with three seconds left in the penalty.

The power-play unit is a powerful team within a team, much like the Edmonton unit that almost seemed unfair a quarter of a century ago. The Oilers won four Cups with Messier and Gretzky together, which was two more than the Penguins won in 1991 and 1992, when Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr were together in both senses of the word.

Jagr still has the most political jersey in hockey — No. 68, the year of the hopeful spring rebellion against the Soviets in the former Czechoslovakia. He has staged his own uprisings in his time, skulking out of Pittsburgh after tuning out his owner-teammate, Lemieux. Jagr stood up to his old team Tuesday, but the young guns outnumbered him.

This is not a spring of rebellion but a spring of blossoming, two young stars who light up the arena when they play together.
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Max Talbot is out tonight (and indefinitely I would assume) with a broken foot - Gary Roberts will be in the lineup tonight, which doesn't bode well for Fatsomir and the Rags. Scuds will also be in the lineup.

LETS GO PENS!

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Talbot out, Roberts in for Game 4

Thursday, May 01, 2008
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NEW YORK -- Gary Roberts will replace Max Talbot in the Penguins' lineup for Game 4 of their second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers Thursday at 7:08 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

Talbot's right foot was broken when he blocked a shot during Game 3 Tuesday. Roberts missed the past five games because of a sore groin.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi, whose left foot was bruised when he blocked a shot Tuesday, plans to play Thursday night.
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gettin hit by the puck would def hurt not wearing the right equipment... but oh well lets finish the series 2 nite
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Damn....oh well, the Pens will just have to close out the series at home on Sunday.
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Lets forget this game and get ready for game 5.
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i thought that was a horrible game 2nite.. jagr did get nailed on the shot he scored tho.. oh well come home and finish them
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