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Pittsburgh Defeats Carolina- One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Penguins offense continues to impress and they come away with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

added 10:34pm, game highlights via Versus added below…

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Canes Looking For Production

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Through earlier upsets of New Jersey and Boston, it was the stellar goaltending of Ward combined with the relentless offence of Staal that carried the Cardiac Canes.

But now, two losses into the series, Carolina desperately needs a big performance from both those players in order to keep that deficit from becoming insurmountable.

Staal has not scored in the last five games and has but a lone assist in the conference final. Ward gave up six goals in a 7-4 loss Thursday, the most he has ever allowed in a playoff game. In 38 previous post-season appearances, Ward had never given up more than four goals.

As he watches Crosby and Malkin put up big numbers – nine points between them in the first two games – Staal understands he also has to produce.

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Malkin Causing Problems For The Hurricanes

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

They simply call him “Geno,” which doesn’t have much of a menacing—or marketing—ring to it. A native Russian, he still speaks halting English and shies away from media interviews.

But it was Malkin who was the NHL’s leading scorer this season, winning the Art Ross Trophy. It is Malkin who could be the league’s MVP. It is Malkin, at 22, who is making many wonder what’s next and how high the center’s professional ceiling can be.

More than that, it is Malkin, No. 71, who quickly is becoming the Carolina Hurricanes’ No. 1 headache in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Coach Bylsma Today

Q. Any comments on the hit last night?

        COACH BYLSMA: I know that the league was reviewing them and they’ll decide what they thought the hit was about, make their decision.

        Q. How much of the power play success recently is a matter of some bounces are going to go your way and how much of it is your defensemen seem to be comfortable with the puck and get shots through?

        COACH BYLSMA: A few things we’ve done well that’s allowed us to have more success. I think we’ve done a better job with the puck at breakout, allowing us to get it set up more often. We’ve been attacking the net from down low, the low guy, and we’ve also been a little bit more aggressive on the backside, having different facets and different positions with the puck to create situations where you can take three or four guys. If you can do that over and over again, give yourself a better chance.

        If you don’t get the entry, puts more pressure. We’ve been able to get the entry set up and more zone time. As a result, we’ve been able to get more attacks at the net, more pucks at the net, loose pucks, getting second chances.

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Fleury The Difference

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

This is a big-time goaltender, folks.

Like all of ‘em, Fleury gives up a bad goal here and there. It happened in the Washington series and the Philadelphia series before that.

But like only the truly great ones, Fleury makes the huge saves when they mean the most. That’s why you can’t just look at his statistics, which couldn’t match Ward’s coming into the series. Against Philadelphia, the big stop came in the third period of Game 2 when Fleury stopped center Jeff Carter with a fabulous skate save, giving the Penguins a chance to win in overtime. Against Washington, it was stealing the Capitals’ great Alexander Ovechkin blind early in Game 7 with a glove save that led directly to the Penguins’ 6-2 win.

Then, last night.

Fleury was a wall early in a 0-0 game, making great saves on Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen during a Carolina power play. He robbed center Chad LaRose in the second period, somehow stopping his backhander after a rebound. And he was big late, diving to make a save that prevented Staal from scoring the tying goal in the final 30 seconds.

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Cooke Hit On Cole

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes lost Erik Cole midway through the third period after Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke caught him knee-on-knee in front of the Pittsburgh net. Cole played only one shift after that, and an angry Paul Maurice wasn’t happy about the hit afterward.

Asked if he thought it was a knee-on-knee hit, with the implication that it was an illegal one, a curt Maurice said, “Yes, I did. I felt that was, yeah.”

Cole officially has a “lower body” injury, but he clearly hurt his left knee in the collision. Cooke said the contact was accidental.

“He was cutting across the middle,” Cooke said. “I turned sideways to hit him, and he turned the other way. I almost fell over, too.”

continued and watch the hit (1:15 mark) within the video highlights below…

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Penguins Take Game 1 Of ECF

Pittsburgh wins 3-2 in a game filled with numerous scoring chances.

It looks like this series could go deep.

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Previewing Game 1 Of ECF- Pittsburgh/Carolina

Related story from Scott Burnside of ESPN…

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Cam Ward Could Be The Difference

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

So no matter how well the Hurricanes play defensively, they’re still going to need Ward in this series. The Penguins are going to get their chances. Ward is going to have to stop them.

Those are difficult circumstances for a goaltender, but they are the kinds of circumstances in which Ward really thrives. He’s a big-game goalie, and he showed that in the regular season when he denied Crosby on a breakaway and Malkin on a penalty shot in a 3-2 Carolina overtime win on April 4.

At 25, he has never lost a playoff series, and watching him shine in the playoffs after a two-year absence drives home what a missed opportunity those two seasons really were for the Hurricanes.

Because with Ward in net, there’s always a chance. Had the Hurricanes made it in 2007 or 2008, they might have gone as far as this team has. But they didn’t, and if anything, that has sharpened Ward’s resolve.

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The Maven Observations

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

• The Red Wings are not unbeatable; it’s just that it’s hard to catch them.

• I’d like to see what would happen if Chris Osgood REALLY was tested in the Detroit goal.

• If Nik Lidstrom got any better he’d be Zdeno Chara.

• I’m very interested in seeing how Sid (Days Of Whine and Roses) Crosby plays against team that can spell D-E-F-E-N-S-E; otherwise known as Carolina.

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