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Penguins On An Offensive Roll

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

How impressive has the Penguins’ offense been this series? While they’ve only played three games this round, they have scored an average of 5.33 goals per game against the Hurricanes. That average is more than a half a goal better than their previous best mark for a single series.

continue on for a chart listing offensive output in a series…

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Not Much Drama In Conference Finals

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

One of the most compelling Stanley Cup tournaments in recent memory is becoming less intriguing by the day. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are making a mockery of the Conference finals as they steam toward a second match-up in the championship round. The Cup semifinals could end in a total of nine games for only the fifth time since the National Hockey League expanded in 1967. That would occur if the Penguins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes here in Raleigh on Tuesday, while the Red Wings eliminate Chicago in Game 5 of the West series on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

The saving grace, of course, would be a potential collision of freight trains in the Stanley Cup final, as Pittsburgh and Detroit appear head-and-shoulders above the competition right now. But, parity in the championship round is not guaranteed.

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The Improved Penguins

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The debate has already started as to whether the Pittsburgh Penguins are so significantly different this spring compared to a year ago that they will be able to become the first team since the ‘95 New Jersey Devils to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in a Cup final series.

To some degree, that’s unfair, as the Pens did take the Wings to six games a year ago, with Game 5 decided in overtime (Pittsburgh win) and Game 6 a one-goal squeaker.

So perhaps they don’t have to be significantly different. Just a goal or two better.

Many will point to the threesome of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal and suggest with confidence that simply being a year older and a year more experienced makes all three more developed players, and therefore the Pens are better on that basis alone.

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Bylsma Press Conference

Q.      Just curious if you’re getting to a point or would you like to get to a point where you go back to six defensemen? And sister question, did you assess Sergei Gonchar’s play since his injury?

        DAN BYLSMA: Again, you know, the reasons why we entertained going to seven, they’re still there to varying degrees. Things have changed, but we’re still contemplating that situation.

        You know, I think at some point we’d get back to six.

Sergei’s play – I think we’ve benefitted a lot from him on the power play. The way he brings the puck up the ice and in the zone. Just knowing the nuisances of getting the puck to different areas that we need to try to have success.

So he’s big in that regard.

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Maurice Press Conference

Q. You said your biggest challenge is going to be telling your players it’s possible to come back.

        PAUL MAURICE: It will be stronger than yesterday. We have to get these guys back out there, so they can get on the ice. And that’s part of what’s supposed to happen, instead of each mistake being part of what’s supposed to happen. Getting across that mental divide is a challenge.

        We’ve done it before. Not in conference finals circumstances this year. But that’s what counts.

        Q. Statistically, right now people are making a comparison of Crosby and Malkin To Whitney and Staal. When I asked Eric if that was fair, and maybe he’d say no. He said, ‘yes, I’ve earned that comparison with my work through the years’ and he’s not offended by it. What are your thoughts?

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Crosby Taking On A ‘Greasy’ Look

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

But perhaps the most noteworthy thing he (Crosby) has accomplished in this postseason is to sprout facial hair that is starting to look a little like—well, almost a little like—an actual playoff beard….

“It doesn’t look pretty, but there’s a little more hair,” Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “He’s pretty greasy. Just patches.”

Fleury is something of an authority on that, since he long ago abandoned efforts to grow a beard—“I have like four hairs that grow,” he said. “Then they’re just long hairs, and look kind of dumb.”—and settled for a modest goatee.

Talbot’s description: “It’s like a Zorro-type of moustache.”

An informal survey in the locker room identified Crosby as owner of the worst playoff beard, but there were some dishonorable mentions. Fleury, of course. And winger Ruslan Fedotenko, who attributes his inability to grow a beard to being caught in fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when he was a boy.

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Looking Ahead To The SCF

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With the stars—make that superstars—beginning to align themselves properly in the hockey universe, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings appear on a collision course to meet for a second consecutive time in the battle for the sport’s Holy Grail.

And if you believe in learning from the past, then history could very well be on the side of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company.

With both the Pens and Wings just one victory away from winning their respective conference finals, we could see a repeat of Stanley Cup finalists for the first time since the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers played for all the marbles in both 1983 and 1984.

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All Ruslan Fedotenko

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Q: Things are going well in the Eastern Conference finals. Is this where you expected the Penguins to be when the playoffs started?

A: We knew we had a good team, had a good chance. It depends on if we play our game, if we play to the best of our potential. And so far, we’ve been doing that.

Q: How has skating on a playoff line with Evgeni Malkin been?

A: It’s been great. He’s a good player. Some games we’re on it, some games not as well. It’s like any other team, any other player. It’s trying to make more consistent games and be a big factor to help the team.

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What Team Do You Associate Scotty Bowman With?

from Mick Kern of Home Ice XM 204,

A large number of books have been written about Bowman and his coaching style.  Suffice to say, Bowman is arguably the greatest head coach in NHL history.  His two greatest stretches of accomplishements happened in Montreal, and Detroit.  Each incarnation was impressive to behold.  My heart says Scotty Bowman is first-and-foremost identified with the Montreal Canadiens, but my head says that his most impressive coaching job was with the Red Wings.

The better question might be, who would win in a best-of-seven battle between the 1977 Montreal Canadiens and the 1997 Detroit Red Wings?

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Bylsma On the Penguins Today

Q.      How do you try to keep the focus going when you’re up three games in this series without looking at the next one?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think the task at hand is clear. You know the series is 3?0. We know this team’s not going to quit. We know that’s their trademark, they’re going to keep coming at us. They’ve proven that even though the games have ended up with lots of goals on the board. They’ve been fighting right to the end.

        The building was loud last night. I just watched the first period. The 7:00 minute mark of the first period their fans were really into it. The building was loud. We were under some pressure, and we know that’s what’s going to happen again come Tuesday.

        While we have a lead, we know we need to get one more win to get this thing done with. Right now is better than waiting. So we’ll be ready on Tuesday for what we need to do.

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