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Spotlight On The East Tonight

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Any predictions?  With a win tonight, both Washington and Carolina can go up 3-1 in their series.

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A Lot Of Complaining But Great Games Too

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Thank goodness for that patch of lousy ice. Thank goodness for the ice that Bruce Boudreau called “sticky” and Alexander Ovechkin called “just a mess” and which, according to the Washington Capitals star, was about the only thing keeping his team from taking a 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins the other night.

“In overtime, ice was just a mess, pucks just bouncing and stuff,” Ovechkin said, a touch grumpily, after his team’s 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday. “We have three-on-two, [Hal] Gill goes down and I have probably 100% chance to score goal. But puck just stopped moving.”

Good thing, too. Because that particular puck stopped moving, what could have been a blowout is now a series, and one whose temperature is rising. We are being treated to complaining about the referees, occasional speculation about illegal sticks, and two young and thrilling teams that have played three fast and thrilling games.

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Karma Comes Through For Penguins

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

When the other guys outshoot Washington 42-23 and make sensational Simeon go up, down, in, out and back again—until the Caps’ kid goalie conducted an aerobics class in the crease—something had to get through. Outhit, outhustled and completely outplayed, the Caps couldn’t have justified going up 3-0 in this increasingly entertaining Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Karma in playoff hockey would not exist if the Penguins lost Game 3. Desperate as they’ve been since they were eliminated in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals by the Detroit Red Wings a year ago, they responded in overtime with what was most likely a series-saving win on their home ice.

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All East Action Tonight

Will Pittsburgh maike it a series tonight and will Boston get back home-ice advantage?

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Caps Make Plans To Eliminate Crosby

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

Through two games, Crosby has accounted for four of the Penguins’ five goals, and three of his tallies have come while standing atop the Washington crease. Coach Bruce Boudreau said that without the Capitals taking penalties against Crosby every shift, it’s likely the Penguins center will continue to position himself in front of or next to goaltender Simeon Varlamov.

“We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate him,” Mike Green said. “[In Game 2] there was two times where pucks bounce off legs and in the blink of an eye he’s got it on his stick. Definitely have to be more aware of it, but you live and you learn. It’s just his presence around the net. If he’s not able to have any room or you get more in his face, then maybe he won’t have that opportunity to score.”

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Malkin Walks, Doesn’t Talk

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Evgeni Malkin did not exactly duck the media on Tuesday. Instead, the Pittsburgh Penguins star ran, skittering through the locker room of his team’s practice facility with a member of the Pittsburgh public relations team trying to chase him down, shouting his nickname. “Geno!” she yelled, getting a handful of his skin-tight shirt. But it hardly slowed him down, and Malkin gleefully absconded through a door.

“He’ll walk by you every time, guys,” the Penguins employee said cheerfully. “How many times do I have to tell you?”

It was fitting, since Malkin has made only cameo appearances in the first two games of Pittsburgh’s second-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.

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It’s Not Just Crosby & Ovechkin Playing

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

Q. I know that you get really tired of this question. But this series thus far is exactly what the NHL wanted: Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

OVECHKIN: I am tired of this…  This is a game. Two teams are playing, and not just two players. What must not be forgotten are those chances that our teams create for us. Yes, we score goals. Yes, our names are announced as stars of the game. But if it weren’t for our teammates, the guys who create those chances, we wouldn’t be anywhere.

much more from Ovechkin, plus Sergei Gonchar, and Simeon Varlamov

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No Suspension For Kunitz

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.

League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.

Tuesday morning Ovechkin called the play “dirty” and said, “I think the League has to do something about it. It’s a cheap shot and it’s not good for hockey.”

continued and if you missed the incident, watch it here...

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You Can’t Do It On Your Own

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Before Game 2, Sidney Crosby had scored exactly a quarter of the team’s goals this postseason. After last night’s outburst, that total shot up to 34.8 percent. Since the NHL moved to four rounds of best-of-seven game series in 1987, only one team which has advanced to the second round or beyond, has had a player account for more of his team’s offense:

read on for a list of those players…

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Dual Hat Tricks

via Greatest Hockey Legends,

This surprises me: Ovechkin and Crosby’s matching hat tricks is only the fourth such occurrence in Stanley Cup playoff history. The other three times were:

April 25th, 1996 - Trevor Linden, Vancouver and Joe Sakic, Colorado
April 26th, 1993 - Ray Ferraro, NY Islanders and Al Iafrate, Washington
April 14th, 1983 - Paul Reinhart, Calgary and Mark Messier, Edmonton

added 9:42am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

“When Crosby gets one, then Ovie comes back with a couple, and then Crosby gets another, and Ovie gets another,” Capitals forward Brooks Laich said. “It’s unbelievable to see two of the best going at it like that. . . . In the biggest moments, usually your biggest guys step to the front. That’s what Alex did tonight.”

In the Pittsburgh locker room, the Penguins said the same about Crosby. Thus, in the series’ first two games—both won by Washington—unmatchable hype is being matched, because the two best players have four goals apiece and are delivering the kind of performances that forge true rivalries.

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