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Pens Need A Better Game From Malkin

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“I think [my performance] was OK,” Malkin said yesterday, “I felt good. The first game, maybe I was a little bit nervous.

“But next game, [I will] be better. Maybe play a little bit harder, maybe have more hits. Maybe [get] more shots and play aggressive.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, asked pointedly to assess Malkin’s work in the opener, never mentioned Malkin in his response, speaking instead to the importance of getting improved play from throughout the lineup.

“We need to get better in the offensive zone, taking pucks to the net and maintaining possession,” he said. “[Washington] did a good job defensively, being aggressive.

“Pretty much every line needs to get better at that for us to do what we think we can do in this series.”


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Evening Line

“This is the script- You have a major market. You have transcendent players on both teams. I don’t know if there has ever been a team with three centers as good as Crosby, Malkin and Staal. And this is the most evenly matched series I’ve ever seen in the playoffs. You compare the stars, the lines, the goalies.

“This will go seven games. I don’t know how. But it will.”

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis after today’s game.  More on the Caps/Pens series from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

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Simeon Varlamov Save On Crosby

This save deserves two calls, one from NBC and the other from CBC.

Watch both below…

added 6:22pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insiders quotes a few players and both coaches on the save,

Sidney Crosby:  “I don’t need to discuss [the big stops]. You don’t want to waste those opportunities. You want to take advantage of it. You end up losing the game, 3-2, and you don’t want to look back and say, ‘What if?’ The fact is, it happens in the game. As a player, you have to forget that quickly.”


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Morning Line

In the end, however, we have one general hope for this series: That it doesn’t suck.

That it’s competitive and engaging and unpredictable. That there are flashpoint moments between these teams that shift the momentum in unforeseen ways.

-Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy writing about the anticipated Pens/Caps series.  More from Greg on the matchup…

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Who Wins Today?


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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!”


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.


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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