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Sharks vs Penguins in the final?
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Sharks vs Penguins in the final?

 

Pens need to beat the Rangers first and lots of potential for problems going forward with the current goalie situation.

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Pens need to beat the Rangers first and lots of potential for problems going forward with the current goalie situation.


Agree.  Wouldn't count out the Rangers yet...

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Sharks vs Penguins in the final?

 

Pens need to beat the Rangers first and lots of potential for problems going forward with the current goalie situation.

 

Goalie situation is fine now that Murray is back. Obviously going through the playoffs with your backup isn't ideal, but Murray is far more capable than Zatkoff. 

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When the Pens get going they're tough to beat. Freakin' Haglund should be on the Rangers still.
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And the Rangers are down 2-0 in the first..

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Make it 3-0. Pens almost made it four...looking good...really good...

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and the Rangers roll over, 4-0,  - my kid's U10 Lax team has more heart, and now lundqviist pulled 

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and the Rangers roll over, 4-0,  - my kid's U10 Lax team has more heart, and now lundqviist pulled 


Time to send in the Hanson brothers..

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Time to send in the Hanson brothers..


If they were wearing Ranger sweaters they would have forgotten how to hit and fight

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They just need some between period coaching pep talk and psych up music to get them back on track..

 

 

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Call Detroit tell them bullshit!
Pretty good series from TB.
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Well 5-0 Rangers collapse. Last year I think they gave up 6 in one game.
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Well, so far, my bracket isn't busted, although the Sharks are pretty close.  If the Stars and Caps take their series tonight, I'll have the first three winners right, although I picked TB/Det to go 6 games.  Thought the Blues/Hawks would last the full 7 and that may still happen, although from what I've seen, the Blues have been the better team (still have to close it out though!).  Interesting to see if two perennial playoff losers could square off for the West crown - Sharks vs. Blues, anyone?

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Pens fans remember the last time the Pens were up on the Rangers 3 to 1 in the playoffs. No celebrations here until #4 is in the bag. 

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Pens fans remember the last time the Pens were up on the Rangers 3 to 1 in the playoffs. No celebrations here until #4 is in the bag. 

 

Trying not to remember that...

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I don't see this Rangers team turning it around.
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I don't see this Rangers team turning it around.


They could if they'd just listen to that song..

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Stars!


Wild!

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I didn't have much hope for the Penguins at the beginning of the season, and thought the coach turnover mid-season was the nail in the coffin.  I'm glad to be wrong about that, and am surprised at how the team has turned it around and has a completely different attitude and usually jumps to an early lead.  Hoping to see them close it out tonight in Game 5.

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They have great talent on that team. I think Malkin might be the best of the bunch. And once they figured out how kessel played it helped. And they got hot at the right time. Happy to see big joe and the sharks go through.
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Penalty shot in overtime with the Icelanders!

I think the Islanders will win the series but lose the next round. Offense is weak and stalls mid ice. Greiss is good in goal though.

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I didn't have much hope for the Penguins at the beginning of the season, and thought the coach turnover mid-season was the nail in the coffin.  I'm glad to be wrong about that, and am surprised at how the team has turned it around and has a completely different attitude and usually jumps to an early lead.  Hoping to see them close it out tonight in Game 5.

 

To be fair the season they won the cup was when they fired Therrien mid-season and hired Dan Byalsma. 

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I didn't have much hope for the Penguins at the beginning of the season, and thought the coach turnover mid-season was the nail in the coffin.  I'm glad to be wrong about that, and am surprised at how the team has turned it around and has a completely different attitude and usually jumps to an early lead.  Hoping to see them close it out tonight in Game 5.

 

To be fair the season they won the cup was when they fired Therrien mid-season and hired Dan Byalsma. 

 

Yeah, but the history is lost on me since I lived in CA back then.  I had no awareness of Pittsburgh hockey until 2012-13.  So thanks for the information!  It's news to me.  And the turnaround is still unexpected and amazing.  Nice win today.

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I didn't have much hope for the Penguins at the beginning of the season, and thought the coach turnover mid-season was the nail in the coffin.  I'm glad to be wrong about that, and am surprised at how the team has turned it around and has a completely different attitude and usually jumps to an early lead.  Hoping to see them close it out tonight in Game 5.

 

To be fair the season they won the cup was when they fired Therrien mid-season and hired Dan Byalsma. 

 

Yeah, but the history is lost on me since I lived in CA back then.  I had no awareness of Pittsburgh hockey until 2012-13.  So thanks for the information!  It's news to me.  And the turnaround is still unexpected and amazing.  Nice win today.

 

Yeah it's actually very similar. When they won the cup in '09 Michelle Therrien (current coach of the Habs) had taken them to the finals in 08 and lost. He got canned in like February when the Pens were in 8th place. I remember stories about his strict disciplinary style not meshing with the creativity of the Penguins then very young core. Byslma came in and it was nothing but winning all the way to the cup. It was made all that much sweeter by the fact that Marion Hossa, after being dealt to the Pens at the deadline in '08, went to the Wings in the off-season despite a better contract offer from the Penguins because he felt the Wings gave him a better shot at winning the cup. He was slumped against the boards crying when the Pens won in '09. 

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It was made all that much sweeter by the fact that Marion Hossa, after being dealt to the Pens at the deadline in '08, went to the Wings in the off-season despite a better contract offer from the Penguins because he felt the Wings gave him a better shot at winning the cup. He was slumped against the boards crying when the Pens won in '09. 

Even sweeter when Crosby refused to shake his hand. There, beat you to the dig, @crgildart. Once again, Crosby sucked bigtime, 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points sucking the life right out if the Rangers. Geno right behind with 2 G, 5A for 7P with one less game played. The real story is all the scoring done by "secondary" players especially the rookies, there's Rust 2 goals and Sheary 2 goals Kessel, Haglin, Cullen, and what can you say about Matt Murray, wow. I thought that dumping Johnson was the right thing but I wondered why Rutherford was kept around but he made the moves to bring Kessel, Haglin and Cullen here so I guess Lemieux knew what he was doing. I don't know who I'd like to see the Pens play in the next round. Beating the Craps is almost as sweet as beating Philthy. Maybe Offie better step up his vicious hits and put those Flyers back in their place.

 

I have no idea how far this team will go because their psyche has been so fragile in the past but this team seems to be having fun and they are responding well when the other team resorts to physical play to get the Pens off their game but I want to see that composure when they are down a couple of goals and go against a hot goalie, which Lundqvist clearly was not against the Pens this season having been chased from the net twice in the playoffs and twice down the stretch.

 

The Caps or the Flyers are always tough. It's going to be a fun second round.

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Stars!

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It was made all that much sweeter by the fact that Marion Hossa, after being dealt to the Pens at the deadline in '08, went to the Wings in the off-season despite a better contract offer from the Penguins because he felt the Wings gave him a better shot at winning the cup. He was slumped against the boards crying when the Pens won in '09. 

Even sweeter when Crosby refused to shake his hand. There, beat you to the dig, @crgildart. Once again, Crosby sucked bigtime, 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points sucking the life right out if the Rangers. Geno right behind with 2 G, 5A for 7P with one less game played. The real story is all the scoring done by "secondary" players especially the rookies, there's Rust 2 goals and Sheary 2 goals Kessel, Haglin, Cullen, and what can you say about Matt Murray, wow. I thought that dumping Johnson was the right thing but I wondered why Rutherford was kept around but he made the moves to bring Kessel, Haglin and Cullen here so I guess Lemieux knew what he was doing. I don't know who I'd like to see the Pens play in the next round. Beating the Craps is almost as sweet as beating Philthy. Maybe Offie better step up his vicious hits and put those Flyers back in their place.

 

I have no idea how far this team will go because their psyche has been so fragile in the past but this team seems to be having fun and they are responding well when the other team resorts to physical play to get the Pens off their game but I want to see that composure when they are down a couple of goals and go against a hot goalie, which Lundqvist clearly was not against the Pens this season having been chased from the net twice in the playoffs and twice down the stretch.

 

The Caps or the Flyers are always tough. It's going to be a fun second round.

 

Johnston ;) That supposed handshake that Charles loves to mention I think was with Lidstrom I think rather than Hossa, (although it was actually because he was pulled into NHL mandated interviews with NBC as any reasonable person would realize). I think that has been the big difference this year versus the last few playoff runs--more depth. In the last few years opponents have done well at frustrating Crosby and Malkin and shutting down the only two scoring lines. Last year the fourth line was basically at a "God I hope they don't have to play more than 5 minutes a game level", this year they've got speed and decent scoring from all four lines. The other major factor is that I think despite having about ten years in the league, both Crosby and Malkin still need a mature influence to help guide them. They won the cup in '09 with Bill Guerin coming in to be that person. They nearly won it in '08 with Gary Roberts (who I believe still is, or at least was working with Kris Letang on some training stuff). They have Matt Cullen (39 years old) this year who I feel like could be that person. They're hot at the right time. If they can get Fluery back it's even better (and hopefully Maata continues to improve as he's not looked 100% since coming back from an injury). 

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Buh-bye Flyers..  Caps had too much for them.  Pens should be a tougher challenge for Caps..not tougher, just more fire power.  Looks like the Stars are about to finish the Wild off..

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Pens need to beat the Rangers first and lots of potential for problems going forward with the current goalie situation.


Agree.  Wouldn't count out the Rangers yet...

Well now we can.

Pens look good right now. Still picking them to make it to the final.

 

Blackhawks/Blues game had quite the swing in momentum. Hawks up by 1, then miss a half open net, then Blues come back in 8 secs and score a goal. Followed by two more. Then Hawks score three in a row. Plus add another after Blues get one. Last was open pulled goalie. 6-3 Hawks.

 

Tough call on this one, I guess I'll go Hawks to win the series.

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