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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
The pillowy lips part to reveal a mouthful of ruin, a graveyard of tombstone teeth and mutilated gums.
There’s a gap between the lower bicuspids, a V-shaped hollow through which sibilant sounds emerge, a whistle of consonants and vowels.
Sidney Crosby is lisping.
“Thith is going to be the toughetht tetht yet.’’
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Senators-at-home, he meant: Toughest. Test. Yet.
First up, John Tortorella not happy with a no-call at the end of the 2nd period yesterday.
Next up is Jason Spezza surviving this hard from Craig Adams...
Colin Greening wth the goal in the 2nd OT giving the Senators a 2-1 win and the series is now 2-1 Penguins with game 4 on Wednesday.
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
It was one of the worst nights of Karlsson’s career. He played only 15:37, an all-time low for him in a playoff game, clearly showing that he’s not even close to full health since his quick return from Achilles surgery.
“We finished pretty strong, but we started poorly,” Karlsson said, earlier in the interview. “Some of the blame is on me. I’m struggling a little bit.”
Karlsson says he’s not sure whether his problems stem from the injury or fatigue.
“I don’t really know,” he said. “I don’t think I have the answer to that myself. I just have to find a way to figure my body out and obviously I’m not feeling the same way as I’m used to. It started bad and I just couldn’t get it going.”
Senators coach Paul MacLean didn’t disagree with any of that.
“He played 15:37, which isn’t normal for him,” said MacLean, looking at the official game sheet. “So, obviously, he wasn’t one of our best players. On our team, the best players play. He wasn’t one of our best players, so he didn’t play.”
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the Senators owned the Montreal Canadiens in Round 1, they found out the Penguins are going to offer a whole different challenge and if they don't get their act together quickly the stay in the post-season won't be as long as they like.
"We all know we've got to have a better effort throughout than we did (Tuesday)," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "There will be analysing going on from everybody and adjust for Game 2.
"I thought we did a pretty good job 5-on-5 but overall I don't think we can be happy with the game. We have a lot to be faster in our decision making for us to be a faster team and we weren't that (in this game)."
The Senators also believe they have to do a better job trying to get in front of goalie Tomas Vokoun.
"We have to be stronger in front of both nets: Keep them out of ours and get some better chances ourselves," said Alfredsson.
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
Craig Anderson says the fear of being embarrassed is a motivating factor for the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins here Tuesday.
With so many All-Stars in the lineup, headed by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, there’s always potential for fireworks, according to Anderson.
“They’re world class players and arguably the two best in the game right now and it’s going to be a big challenge for everyone,” Anderson said following Tuesday’s late morning skate. “Everyone wants to rise to the challenge of the occasion. It’s a good challenge for our defence, for me and for our forwards backchecking, putting pressure on them.”
At the same time, Anderson says the Senators also need to pay attention to the countless solid support players in the Penguins lineup, as well.
from Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s got to be a head-scratching decision for Pittsburgh Penguins management types.
Do they go with wildly inconsistent Marc-Andre Fleury or older, steadier Tomas Vokoun in the opening game of their Round 2 playoff matchup with the Senators Tuesday night?
Do they dare ride with Fleury, the 28-year-old who was regarded highly enough to be named to Canada’s 2010 Olympic team, now the guy who may be playing himself out of consideration for next year’s Olympics?
A 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 was the breaking point. Fleury stink, stank, stunk. Vokoun won the next two games as the Penguins dispatched the tenacious Islanders.
While there’s no goaltending controversy in Ottawa, it’s all the rage in Pittsburgh.
Brooks Orpik scores his first ever playoff goal in OT.
The Penguins will now face the Senators in the 2nd round.
added 10:19pm, video of the OT goal...
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