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The Russian Cooking Show

Alyonka Larionov and Mr. Malkin try their hands at some Russian cuisine and Kris Letang does the food testing.

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Dan Bylsma Wakes-Up the Penguins

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“This day and age, it’s like the old Yogi-ism, 90 percent of the game is half mental, and a lot of that is true,” said Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton after another of Bylsma’s upbeat practices. “A month ago this was a pretty fragile hockey team with a timid attitude. Now it’s like we feel there’s nothing we can’t do. We can get behind, come back and win, but it was a long time coming.

“I think everyone knew the team had this kind of potential. Going back to the beginning of the year, we knew this team was capable of playing this kind of hockey.”...

“At times before he got here,” Sidney Crosby said yesterday, “we could all look around the room and see guys who could give more than they were giving. It wasn’t easy for him. It’s been a combination of things, but part of it was we had to face up to the fact that we weren’t doing everything we could do.”

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Penguins Still In The Playoff Race

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins (86 points), sixth in the conference, are five points ahead of eighth-place Montreal and ninth-place Florida. Montreal has two games in hand on the Penguins; Florida has one. Both get one more crack at the Penguins, too.

If the Penguins merely split their final eight games, they will finish with 94 points. No team since 1999-2000 — the year the NHL began awarding a point for an overtime loss — has needed more than 94 points to earn the final playoff spot in the East.

Since the post-lockout season of 2005-06, the eight-place finisher in the East has finished with 92, 92 and 94 points. If the Penguins finish with 94, the reeling Canadiens would have to earn 14 of a possible 20 points to finish with 95. The Panthers would need 14 of a possible 18.

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Malkin Can Stand On His Own

from Jame Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,

“He is overshadowed and I can never understand why,” says Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who ranks Malkin among the most dangerous players he has ever faced.  “People always seem to just gravitate towards one or two players in a sport.  Malkin is like Dwayne Wade this year in the NBA, having an amazing season but everybody just talks about Kobe and LeBron.”

He’s right.  Sidney and Ovie have become the NHL’s Kobe and LeBron, at least in terms of popularity and hype.

Ever since they came into the league, “Crosby or Ovechkin?” has been the hockey equivalent of “Ginger or Mary-Anne?”  And Either-Or debates don’t usually have a 3rd option (Mrs. Howell?)  But you’d better make room for one now.

read on

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Big Game Kicks-Off NHL Schedule For Today

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, boosted by Danny Briere’s return to good health, and the sizzling Pittsburgh Penguins will meet today in a nationally televised game that could be a first-round playoff preview and might factor into who gets home-ice advantage in that round.

The teams are tied for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, though the Flyers have three games in hand.

“If we win this game, it’ll be a huge swing for us,” Briere said.

continued and below find the NHL schedule for today…

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Cherry On Malkin

As Tony pointed out, Malkin will not be suspended for his hit on Simmonds, but Don Cherry had some thoughts on the hit after the first game of the HNIIC doubleheader tonight.

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Suspendable Malkin Hit?

via Empty Netters,

Malkin clearly went after the player’s head. Additionally, there was less than 10 seconds left in the game. If that’s a Flyer delivering a blow, the suspension is almost automatic. Malkin shouldn’t be exempt because he’s a star player. But the NHL has a game on NBC Sunday to worry about so don’t expect Colin Campbell and company to take any action on this.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, wayne+simmonds

Beware If These Teams Make The Playoffs

from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Here are four teams you might not want to face in the first round – that is, if they get in.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Okay, so it’s no revelation that a Stanley Cup finalist with two of the top three scorers in the league would be a tough match up for any team, but consider how bad the Penguins looked before the coaching change.///

Florida Panthers
Tomas Vokoun has one of the best save percentages in the league and is capable of winning games single handed. In front of him, the Panther defence is as good as any and better than most….

Columbus Blue Jackets
Hitchcock has a playoff-ready style, which means the Jackets don’t give their opponents many chances to score….

more on each team plus the Stars are mentioned too…

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Ovechkin Or Malkin

Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 3: Penguins fans are saying that Geno Malkin is the league MVP.  Good evidence in the last game - he got five points, he hit the 100-point mark, he leads it by 10.  Who’s your choice?  It’s basically coming down to Alex Ovechkin or Malkin.

Pierre McGuire: Ovechkin. The big thing on Ovechkin is that he’s probably scored the best goal of this NHL season against the Montreal Canadiens. He does this virtually every single night. If he’s not part of the Washington Capitals, they’re probably not leading the Southeast division, they’re not pushing for home ice in the playoffs. He’s the most valuable player.  Take him off the Capitals, they’re not anywhere near as good.

Keith Jones
: For me, it’s Malkin. You think of Mike Green with the Capitals, you think of Sergei Gonchar with the Penguins. Gonchar playing now just 15 games, Malkin over the 100-point mark again.  Without a great defenceman on the blueline for much of the season, Malkin has gotten the job done.

more and two other questions answered…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

Penguins Are Now a Team to Fear

From Bill Clement at NBC Sports:

These are not the Penguins of the start of the season. They are not the Penguins of the turn of the year. They’re not even the Penguins of last month.

These are the Penguins to now fear. A new coach, a couple of key trades, and a return from injury by a key player have worked wonders for the team, and its captain, Sidney Crosby.

Pittsburgh is kicking tail and taking names. Starting with their last two games in February, and running through their March 17 meeting with Atlanta, the Penguins had won seven of nine, and their two losses in that stretch were shootout losses.

continued…

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

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