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Breaking Down Pens/Flyers

Barry Melrose of ESPN talks game 2 of the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series.  If for no other reason, scroll to the 40 second mark and catch the save Marc-Andre Fleury made on Jeff Carter.  The goal would have put the Flyers up 3-1 with about 8 minutes left in the game.

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Get In Sid’s Head

from Timothy Parker of NBC Philadelphia,

With the Pittsburgh Penguins Philly-bound the Flyers need to get the home ice advantage. When the Penguins invade the Wachovia Center for Games 3 and 4 it is imperative that the 20,000-strong Orange Crush pounce on Crosby like a lion on prey.

Crosby went on record in December that Philadelphia is the worst place for him to play.

Earlier this season “Sid the Kid” described his past Philadelphia experiences as “vicious.”

With that knowledge the Flyers faithful need to get into his head like usual.

Crosby is a talented superstar. But, he often appears like a cocky, spoiled five year old on the ice—his constant complaints for calls and his overall selfish attitude.

more & I would like to know- What do you think of this type of ‘journalism’?

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Flyers Need To Deal With Penguins Speed

from the CP via TSN,

The speed the Pittsburgh Penguins brought at them shift after shift, period after period, shouldn’t surprise the Philadelphia Flyers—they’ve see it from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal 20 times over the past two seasons.

The fatigue and frustration it caused, and maybe the lack of discipline it provoked? The Flyers didn’t seem prepared for that, and already they find themselves in a likely must-win playoff Game 2 against the Penguins.

The Flyers, just as they couldn’t during last season’s one-sided Eastern Conference finals, didn’t handle anything the confident and under-control Penguins brought at them during a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

continued

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Repeat Performance

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit: I am blindly loyal, if not necessarily perspicacious. Start with the Red Wings, stay with the Red Wings. The Penguins are not the callow team that took Detroit to six games in the final last year, but now the goaltending gap between the teams narrow. Detroit’s poise and will win some tight games. Red Wings in seven.

read on to find out how both teams end up in the SCF again.

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Can You Have Too Many 100 Point Players?

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Since the league adopted a playoff format of four rounds of best-of-seven-games series in 1986-87, there have been 25 different teams with two or more 100-point scorers, excluding this season’s Penguins. Of those 25, only four have lifted the Cup later that spring. That’s 16 percent. Furthermore, only six teams have even advanced to a conference final.

read on

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Just What Guerin Needed

from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,

(Bill) Guerin says he could not have landed in a better place, saying the fresh start he’s been given in Pittsburgh has been the perfect elixir for an otherwise painful season.

“Without a doubt I feel young again,” Guerin said of his transfer from the Eastern Conference’s last-place team to one battling to return to the playoffs one year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final. “It’s a great feeling to be here and I feel rejuvenated. To be in a playoff race like this is just what I needed.”...

Suddenly, the aches don’t hurt as bad. Guerin, always the optimist, is experiencing the joy of winning meaningful games.

“I love it,” he said. “We’re winning and the line is doing all right, so it can’t be all bad.”

Having played on some of the best lines in hockey, Guerin said the unit of Crosby, Kunitz and himself reminds him of the success he enjoyed in Edmonton while playing on a line with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth in the late 1990s.

more

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The Battling Crosby

Sidney Crosby and Keith Ballard go at it today after Ballard delivered a hip check to Evgeni Malkin.  Both received five for fighting and Crosby also had two added for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Penguins Find Team Chemistry Again

from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

They had made it as far as they had a year ago, in part, because of their character and camaraderie.

And they were floundering through much of this season, in part, because their locker-room dynamic had been altered beyond recognition.

That was the theory, at least, until Feb. 15, when general manager Ray Shero began re-inventing the Penguins via a coaching shake-up.

The process continued with roster moves in advance of the March 4 trade deadline that introduced Chris Kunitz, Bill Guerin and Craig Adams into the mix.

And now these new-look Penguins have lost only two games in regulation since mid-February.

All of a sudden, they’re passing chemistry with flying colors.

read on

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No Place In Hockey For This

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Anyhow, you can’t keep a good artist down, and hence, the creativity of Pummeler still roams the Internet. Their latest piece of work: “Crosby Sucks.” If you haven’t listened to it yet, please do, immediately. Sample lyrics:

  Canadian sensation, well at least on certain stations;
  A poster child for Francophiles who dance to Zombie Nation.
  All his fans are morons who defend his every stunt;
  And the “C” that’s on his chest, well it really stands for…

Haha, you get the idea. Despite the guaranteed receipt of at least three e-mails from native Pennsylvanians telling me this is why newspapers are dying and/or canceling their Post subscriptions, here’s a fairly amazing Q&A with the gents behind the music. I think you’ll like it. Unless you’re one of the aforementioned native Pennsylvanians.

read on and I am serious with the headline.  Call me old-fashioned, call me a prude, but I just don’t understand what those lyrics have to do with hockey.

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A Family Affair

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The family crossover, the common interest, the closeness in age—it was probably inevitable that the three teenagers would bond.

“I think it was the first game I went to in Pittsburgh. I met them, and we just started talking,” Taylor Crosby said of Stephanie and Austin Lemieux. “Right away we were friends. I always stay with them when I go to Pittsburgh. We text or e-mail. You could say we’re kind of like cousins.”

The three are the next wave of players from Pittsburgh’s first families of hockey.

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