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Don’t ‘Fall’ For Sidney

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers must get the puck in deep, they must force the Penguins to play as much as possible in their own end of the ice, and they must stay out of the penalty box in order to prevail in the Eastern semifinal series that commences here tonight.

Equally important, however, is what the Rangers must not do in this marquee matchup between Broadway’s bright lights and Sidney Crosby’s name above the title, for they must not become preoccupied with Pittsburgh’s - and No. 87’s - penchant for embellishing and contesting every call, and they must not become consumed with matching lines against Crosby or Evegni Malkin.

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Rangers Will Move On

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

INTANGIBLES: Crosby will be under extreme media pressure and that alone could enervate The Kid. If Avery succeeds in luring Pitt into a headhunting expedition, that, too, could hurt the Pens. Opening on the road won’t scare the Blueshirts; they took all three games in Newark. Motivation is high on both sides and each club is well-rested, but the Penguins will be more rusty from the longer layoff.

CONCLUSION: I picked the Rangers in seven over New Jersey never thinking that Brodeur would have such a mediocre five games. I pick the Blueshirts in six as much on a hunch as the fact that New York has been in an impressive crescendo. Add The Avery Effect to that, and ‘nuff said!

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Official Conference Semifinals Guides

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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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Sean Who?

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Rangers profess to be glad to have him as a teammate; one was quoted recently as saying he would “take a bullet” for Avery.

Not surprisingly, players on other clubs view him a bit differently. Characterize their feelings about him as mixed, because some think he’s a jerk and a blight on the sport; others aren’t nearly as charitable.

Earlier this month, when asked about Avery’s celebrated face-guarding stunt against New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur in a first-round game, Penguins left winger Gary Roberts responded by labeling Avery an “idiot.”

It was the kind of remark Avery isn’t likely to forget. After all, it might be the nicest thing an opponent ever says about him.

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Stop The Comparisons

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

“With all due respect for [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin, I don’t think they are Mario Lemieux,” said Jagr, preparing to go to Pittsburgh, his first NHL home, for tomorrow’s night second-round opener between the Rangers New York Rangers and Penguins.

“I say that with all due respect because the game has changed.

“The gap between the best and worst players on a team [today] is very small. The gap between Mario and the rest of the guys when I was in Pittsburgh was so huge he was able to score 20 points in one series. I don’t think those kids are able to do it. If I am wrong I am going to apologize and [say], ‘Great job.’

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All Penguins Can Do Is Watch

from the CP,

Welcome to the Penguins’ unexpected spring vacation, one they hope doesn’t get them off their game just when they appeared to be peaking. On a day they expected to be playing Game 5 against Ottawa, they had a light skate before many players went home to watch some or all the day’s three NHL playoff games.

“I’ve been watching a lot,” forward Jordan Staal said. “It’s always fun to watch playoff hockey and, even though you’re a part of it, you love watching it, too. I think all of us have been watching a lot of games to see what’s going on.”

Sidney Crosby said not knowing who the Penguins would play next - either the Bruins, Rangers or Capitals, in a series that will start sometime late in the week - made watching the other games more interesting.

“It’s nice that we’re through our first one and we can have a little sit-back and watch,” he said. “I think everyone who’s involved in the playoffs has fun being part of it and follows it.”

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Are Penguins Next In Line For Rangers

from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

With Pittsburgh already across the finish line, the Rangers await a second-round match-up. If the Canadiens, up 3-2 over the Bruins, can close out Boston, and the Flyers, up 3-1 over the Caps, can finish off Washington, then the Rangers draw Pittsburgh and Montreal gets Philly.

Checking the season series — what have we here? — the Rangers had the edge, winning 5 games to 3 for the Penguins. Here’s the season series:

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Penguins Make Plans To Keep Cool

via the AP,

The city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority has approved spending $75,000 to rent portable coolers for Mellon Arena if the Pittsburgh Penguins encounter warmer weather during home playoff games.

The 47-year-old arena has been plagued by bad ice and officials are concerned it could get worse if the building isn’t kept cool enough as springtime temperatures rise. The Penguins hope to begin play in a new $290 million in the 2010-2011 season.

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Penguins Still Need To Work On Their Chemistry

All I know is the Penguins keep on winning…

from Erin Nicks at her blog, The Universal Cynic,

Sorry, but I’m not ready to hand over the Cup to Pittsburgh. Their defence and goaltending specifically faced little (if any) grief, and they haven’t been behind in a series yet. Their lines roll well—there’s still some chemistry to work on—but ultimately it’s going to come down to what happens from the blueline backwards. And will someone please tell them to go back to their powder blues?

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Fleury Nearing Star Status

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps five goals allowed in four consecutive victories against a team beaten up physically and psychologically isn’t a large enough sampling of evidence to declare him a fully budded star.

Yet for Marc-Andre Fleury, for a goaltender with too much cumbersome playoff history packed into the back end of his 23 years, this was indeed a triumph to savor and, as he giddily warbles after some saves, let out a yell.

“I don’t see them as much as ghosts, but as experience I got through all those years,” the Penguins’ lanky goalie said late last night, after he made 21 saves and made the Senators go away in a four-game sweep that ended with a 3-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.

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