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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.

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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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Flyers Ready For Penguins

from CBC Sports,

Being down two games and staring elimination squarely in the eye is tough enough, but for Philadelphia, the task is even more daunting: The Flyers have lost their last five playoff visits to Pittsburgh and have won just twice in Mellon Arena in the past two seasons.

Last year in Game 5 the conference final, the Flyers were trounced 6-0 by the Penguins.

The Flyers are prepared for the Penguins to come out strong from the opening faceoff Wednesday night.

“We expect them to come out really hard in the first few minutes and try to put the game away early and try to get us to quit early and I don’t think any of us are going to do that,” Flyers winger Mike Knuble said.

“We’ve all been there before, we won’t get caught off guard.”

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Fleury Standing Out

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Is Fleury’s brilliance in frustrating the snot out of the Flyers better described as a miracle of elastic athleticism, or a celebration of athletic elasticism, and shouldn’t that second one be elasticity, as elasticism is more likely one of the thousands of ancient Eastern religions?

Happily, what Fleury did to the Flyers in a South Philadelphia cauldron called Game 4—stopping 34 shots in the final two periods, 16 of them on the power play, some via whirling, spinning, impossible reactions only he can imagine—always emerges in the hockey glossary in one of only two spots.

Again, you have the option.

Was it a case where “he stood on his head?” Or was he simply “unconscious?”

For help with this option, you may refer to this rough transcript of our conversation yesterday, starting with your reliably annoying columnist.

“Can you stand on your head?”

Fleury: “I could try.”

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Still Talking Crosby Goal

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Figuratively and literally, it would seem that Sid the kid crossed the line the other night. Maybe it was just me, but I think he was surprised his goal counted.

Anyway, here was “The Situation Room” explanation of why Sidney Crosby’s goal was allowed: “Play was reviewed to determine if the puck was batted in by the glove of Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby . . . The review determined that the puck went off of Crosby’s stick, then his body, there was no batting motion - call on the ice for good goal stands.”

Yesterday, the Flyers were still digesting that. So were fans, and, yeah, me, too. Hockey’s annual spring tournament is rivaled only by March Madness for its surprises and exciting endings. But among the nuances of sports, only the NBA salary cap is a greater irritant than the NHL’s annual and seemingly unending tinkering with its own rules.

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Crosby Silences Philadelphia

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

You have to feel for Philadelphia’s kind, decent, mature hockey fans, don’t you?

You know the ones I’m talking about. They don’t seem to care all that much about the Flyers-Penguins games. They pay big money to get into the Wachovia Center for the sheer enjoyment of chanting “Crosby stinks!” or some such hospitable thing.

Really, what are those good people going to do to pass time during the long summer if the Penguins end the Flyers’ season tomorrow night at Mellon Arena?

I’m sure your heart is breaking for ‘em.

Or maybe not.

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added 1:24pm, from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It sounds like sour grapes when Danny Briere says the Flyers could have a three-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it happens to be true.

    It’s also true that Marty Biron has given a strong account of himself in the series, but that the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury has been the better goalie.

  And that, in a nutshell, is why the Flyers are staring at a three-games-to-one deficit after Tuesday’s closer-than-it-looks 3-1 loss to the Penguins at the Wachovia Center.

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