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“The Kitchen Is Closed”

Huh?  Well, Mike Lange of course….  Hear it at Empty Netters...

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Penguins Win Rangers Type Game

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

If New York can’t win this game—a grinding affair in which Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for one assist and just five shots on goal—is there any game of any type that the New York Rangers can devise to climb back into this series?

Surely this series can’t be over even before it really starts. Can it?

“Just like the Jersey games, we’re looking to win them 3-1, 2-1, 3-2—that’s playoff hockey, I think,” said New York’s Chris Drury. “I’m sure their meetings [before Game 2] were mirror images of ours. They didn’t want to play 5-4 games, either.

“I felt like we had some good chances. But when you come away from the game without any goals, you’ve got to do more.”

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added 8:50am, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“That’s one thing about our team, we can do it both ways,” said 19-year-old Jordan Staal, who scored the first Pittsburgh goal and is doing a checking job any veteran would admire.

“We’re great defensively, we’re solid on both sides of the puck,” Staal added. “This team really seems to find ways to win and that’s what we did today. This team has matured so much, especially from last year.”

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Pens Keep On Winning

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Pittsburgh won more puck battles, gave up less quality chances than the Rangers, and the Penguins’ 23-year-old goaltender, Marc-André Fleury was as good as he had to be and better than the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, a 26-year-old Vezina candidate. Fleury’s workload through two games of this series has not been as difficult as Lundqvist’s, but the only numbers that matter are two fewer goals against for Fleury, and two more wins.

“It was 1-0 with 15 seconds to go. That’s how small the difference between these two teams is,” Lundqvist said. “We just have to go back home, and still feel confident that we can beat this team. Go back to New York, worry about ourselves, get two wins.”

more on the Pens/Rangers game today….

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A Pair Of Aces

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Crosby, already a celebrity in his native Canada in his early teens, began to hear that there was another special player in Russia besides gregarious Alex Ovechkin.

Malkin heard about Crosby through an agent.

The two got their first real glimpse of each other when Crosby and Team Canada beat Malkin and the Russian squad, 6-1, in the World Junior Championships Jan. 4, 2005, in Grand Forks, N.D.

“I could tell,” Crosby said of Malkin’s talent.

Little did Crosby and Malkin know that a little more than three years later they would make up perhaps the top dynamic duo in the NHL this season with a chance to join the top handful of such pairs of teammates since the league’s major expansion 41 years ago.

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Therrien Now Involved In War Of Words

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

The news conference was winding down and Martin Straka’s critical third-period interference penalty on Sidney Crosby wasn’t rehashed.

So Penguins coach Michel Therrien today took it upon himself to unload and perhaps ignite a war of words.

“Where I’m kind of disappointed, that there’s this gamesmanship happening before this series about Sidney drawing peanlties,” Therrien began. “I’m kinda disappointed, this is a star player that plays into traffic, a powerful skater…. and we all know what (Rangers coach) Tom Renney is trying to do, he tried to do it before we started before the series, and I see his comment today.”

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Melrose Recaps Friday Games

John Buccigross and Barry Melrose give us a three minute recap of the action last night.

Watch now…

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These Guys Are Good

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Hey, Jaromir, who’s laughing now?

Behind closed doors, that well may have been the message being bellowed inside the jubilant home locker room last night among a group of exhausted—and, in this case, euphoric—Pittsburgh Penguins.

Earlier this week, Rangers star Jaromir Jagr raised some eyebrows in the Steel City for claiming Pittsburgh’s terrific tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin “are not Mario Lemieux.”

Maybe not.

But they are damn good in their own right. And no one should know that better this morning than Jagr, who, from ice level, had the best view in the house of just how lethal that Crosby-Malkin combination can be.

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Rangers Weren’t In The Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

They were as disciplined as a class of fourth-graders with a substitute teacher. If not for the brilliance of Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist in goal, they’d have been down by three goals within the first 20 minutes.

“I don’t want to think about it,” said Lundqvist, who yielded as many as five goals for the first time since the infamous Feb. 19, 6-5 shootout loss in Montreal. “We just have to move on.”

Plain and simple, this was an embarrassing display of playoff hockey, even more mortifying given that the Rangers somehow managed to construct a 3-0 lead by the 3:37 mark of the second on goals by Straka, Chris Drury and Sean Avery.

The lead meant nothing. The Rangers couldn’t focus or execute. The defense made terrible decisions. The forwards were not only no better in their puck management, they constantly arrived too late.

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Penguins Never Quit

from the CP,

Down 3-0 in the second period to the Eastern Conference’s stingiest team this season, Sidney Crosby and his teammates rallied back for a 5-4 thriller in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal with the New York Rangers.

“I don’t think you’re ever happy on the bench when you’re down three-zip, but there’s a difference between not being happy and quitting,” said Crosby, who was the game’s best player while putting up two assists.

It was an important achievement, psychologically most of all, for a young core playing only its third-ever playoff series.

“At that point (down 3-0) we were a little shaky, but it showed the character of this hockey team,” said Penguins head coach Michel Therrien. “We never quit. This is a great accomplishment for that young group to be able to bounce back against at a team like the Rangers who are really committed defensively.”

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added 11:48pm, from Lynn Zinser at Slap Shot,

The Rangers have plenty of things to blame for their 5-4 loss to the Penguins in the first game of their playoff series Friday night, most self-inflicted, but they took issue with the call that set up the game-winning power play goal.

Rangers forward Martin Straka was called for interfering with Penguins center Sidney Crosby on a rush started by Marian Hossa. Rangers center Scott Gomez had knocked the puck away from Hossa at the blue line, seemingly thwarting the threat. But on the other side of the play, away from the puck, Straka ran into Crosby.

“I just saw him,” Straka said. “He was diving and that was it.”

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Crosby Reacts To Diving Accusations

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This was more than your customary vanilla pre-series press briefing from Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.

This morning, hours before the puck would be dropped here for the opener of the Rangers New York Rangers -Penguins Eastern Conference semifinal, No. 87 reacted angrily when asked to respond to innuendo from Tom Renney that Crosby embellishes possible penalties and takes dives.

Thursday, Renney, asked if he were concerned about a potential bias toward Crosby, who has been known to embellish in order to draw penalty calls, said he would speak to the series supervisor of officials about a number of topics.

“I haven’t changed one bit; I never dove and I don’t dive now,” Crosby said today with a flash of anger. “That’s just part of the playoffs; part of gamesmanship.

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