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Prince of Wales Trophy Talk

from CBC,

The ultra-superstitious Crosby and his teammates surprised a lot of people by handling the Prince of Wales Trophy after NHL executive Bill Daly presented it to them following their victory in Game 4.

Crosby made the decision to not only have his photo taken with the trophy, but to lift it, after a brief post-game consultation with veteran Bill Guerin.

“We didn’t touch the trophy last year, and obviously we didn’t have the result we wanted,” Crosby said. “We figured we’d touch it this year although we haven’t accomplished exactly what we want, we still accomplished something here. You know, we can still enjoy it.

“It doesn’t mean that we think we’re finished, by any means, but we can still enjoy it. You know, we just wanted to change things up, and we didn’t touch it last year. Might as well grab it and get a picture with it and move on and go after the one we really want.”

more on the game…

added 7:39am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.

The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.

In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 & Return To Stanley Cup Finals

Marc-Andre Fleury was very solid in goal, Penguins scored a late empty-netter to put a lid on the series.

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These Type Of Goals Hurt When Down 3-0 In A Series

Fluttering puck from Maxime Talbot of the Penguins gets behind Canes goaltender Cam Ward late in the first period.

The goal put the Penguins up 2-1 and they now lead 3-1 going into the 3rd period.

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The Dynamic Duo In Pittsburgh

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been tough to stop during the playoffs.

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Too Easy For Pittsburgh

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.

Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.

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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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  Tags: paul+maurice

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