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The ‘Battle Royale’ Is About To Begin

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

If WWE guru Vince McMahon was promoting the upcoming Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins grudge match, the spin likely would go something like this.

“In the red corner, representing the nation’s capital, the most electrifying figure in the sport, the man with the trade mark gap-toothed grin ... Alexander The Great!

“Over in the black corner, representing Steeltown, the young man considered The Next One for more than a decade ... Sid The Kid!

“And his tag team partner, also representing Steeltown via Russia, the Kremlin Kid, Evgeni Malkin!”

continued

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so we wait for hockey’s Halley’s comet, eyes looking upward, arms outstretched, fingers pointing to the place where this event will streak across the game’s skies.

What will happen?

What will it be like?

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The Hype Builds

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

The hype is building for the NHL playoff series of the century, the Washington Capitals versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Evil Empire versus the Forces of Good….

Hold it, let’s back it up for a moment:

a) Doesn’t Crosby stand a better chance of becoming Snivelling Sid than Commander Canada?

b) Doesn’t Ovechkin, with his one good front tooth and his bad hair, qualify as an honorary Canadian?

c) Doesn’t Ovechkin’s hockey stick have more personality than Sid?

d) Didn’t Ovechkin get his nickname, OV, from a Canadian beer?

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Crosby vs. Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby talks about playing against Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals.

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Story Lines Everywhere

from Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post,

It’s a stunningly talented group of players for one series, each of them young and still evolving. And in the middle of it we find Crosby and Ovechkin, not yet combatants but perhaps moving in that direction. The league should hope so. Last we saw them on the ice together, the two were trash-talking each other, bumping along the boards.

There’s nothing quite like a rivalry where the lines are clearly drawn. Folks with an appreciation for showmanship identify with Ovechkin, with his celebrations and exultations. Those who revel in the notion of “tradition” and play their cards a little closer to the vest not only love Crosby, but tend to express a real distaste for Ovechkin. It’s wonderful, really.

On top of that, you’ve got back story. These two franchises have played seven times in the playoffs, and the Penguins have won six of the series. The Capitals would call it a rivalry, but the Penguins must figure the Caps are like a mosquito that keeps showing up at a certain time every year.

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added 9:39am, A few of the Washington Post columnists gather to talk hockey- watch below….

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What If Saturday’s Game Goes Deep Into OT

via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?

If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.

If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.

Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.

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Prepare For The Hype

from CBC Sports,

As much as legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux dominated their era, the two greats never faced each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Fortunately for the NHL, it won’t miss out on another golden opportunity.

Thanks to the Capitals’ Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the two most recognizable hockey players in the world will square off for their first-ever playoff meeting Saturday afternoon in Washington.

“Welcome to the circus,” proclaimed Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau after Washington rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the second round.

read on

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A Fight Can’t Change Momentum

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

First, we had the case of Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot starting a fight with Philadelphia goon Daniel Carcillo on Saturday afternoon.

According to almost everybody at Hockey Night In Canada, the fact that Talbot started a fight knowing he was going to be clobbered somehow inspired his teammates to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the series.

Though analyst Gary Galley first said the fistic defeat would probably spell the end for Pittsburgh, he later agreed with his colleagues that Talbot’s impression of a punching bag had indeed changed the course of the game….

But here’s where the confusion comes in. That evening, the Blackhawks jumped out to a 5-1 second-period lead over the Flames.

They were dominating the Flames the way the Flyers had dominated the Penguins in the early going. Amazingly, Calgary defenceman Adam Pardy went on a Talbot-like suicide mission and attacked Chicago tough guy Ben Eager. The results were the same as Talbot’s strategic gem, a one-sided defeat – with one exception. The Flames didn’t score another goal and are now on the verge of elimination.

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Penguins Are For Real

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

All in all, if you were expecting the Pens to be a one-shot deal, they’re proving it’s not going to happen that way. Having Crosby and Malkin, and probably Staal and Fleury as well, means this team is always going to have a core that will keep it in the thick of things, or at least it will as long as that group stays whole.

That said, they may end up grappling with Eastern Conference champion Boston in the next round, which would be a terrific struggle.

But while you might have made the B’s heavy favourites a week ago, you wouldn’t today. These Penguins are tougher than they might at first appear.

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Evening Line

You can sit and pick apart a team when they move to the second round, but I believe the Penguins will need to be a lot better than they have been. Pittsburgh has been relying on timely scoring from Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and great goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury, but as a team they are not playing as well as they did leading up to the playoffs.

-Bob McKenzie of TSN.  More from Bob plus a bit on the Tortorella suspension.

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Pittsburgh With 5 Unanswered Goals, Moves On To Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

The turning point of the game, Flyers up 3-0, Maxime Talbot of the Penguins battles Daniel Carcillo of the Flyers and Penguins go to work from then on.

One of the examples of why fighting needs to stay in the game.  This fight had some meaning.

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