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Flat start costs Penguins in 3-2 loss to Hurricanes

I remain to be amazed how sometimes the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins play alike.  Doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it’s uncanny.

One day after the Steelers laid a golden stink bomb at Heinz Field against the woeful Oakland Raiders, the Penguins took it easy for the first 25 or so minutes tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, allowing three goals before finally waking up.  However, their comeback was one goal short, as the Canes finally won their first road game of the season at the expense of the Cup champs, 3-2.

Manny Legace got the win for the Canes, remaining unbeaten in his career vs. the Penguins with a 4-0-0 record.  Sidney Crosby continued his strong recent play after taking Saturday off with a sore groin with a goal, while the great Mike Rupp scored his 9th of the season.

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Crosby back in lineup for Penguins tonight vs. Hurricanes

According to Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com, Pens captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup for tonight’s game vs. Carolina after missing Saturday night’s contest vs. Chicago with a sore groin.

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Penguins sweep road trip, down Canes 3-2 in shootout

The effects of a four-game road trip certainly showed tonight for the Penguins in Raleigh, as the Hurricanes came back from a third-period two-goal deficit.  But the Penguins persevered through the remainder of regulation and overtime, and finally outlasted the Canes on Chris Kunitz’ shootout goal, the sixth shooter for the Pens, for a 3-2 win.

It marked a four-game sweep of their early-season road trip through Philly, Toronto, Ottawa and Carolina.  The Penguins now stand with a 6-1 record, tied with the Rangers for the best record in the NHL.

Mike Rupp scored his first goal as a Penguin, while Evgeni Malkin scored his third of the season.

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Penguins are Eastern Conference champions again, sweep Canes 4-1

The Hurricanes threw everything they had at the Penguins tonight in Raleigh.

They outshot the Pens, were the more physical team, and for the most part, were the quicker team.

But it was the Penguins who were able to light the lamp at a higher frequency once again, as they downed the Canes 4-1 for a 4-0 sweep and a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Off Day Notes:  Penguins have exposed Canes’ defensive liabilities

The Penguins have certainly shot holes in Cam Ward’s playoff resume.  14 goals allowed in three games, 11 in the last two alone.

But while Ward is clearly not having his best series, it would be nice, in the Canes point of view, if he had some help out there keeping those pesky Penguins forwards out of his face on a constant basis.

As I mentioned in my series preview, one of the keys to this series was going to be the Penguins’ ability to take advantage of the Hurricanes’ offensive defensemen’s defensive liabilities.

After three games, I’d say that key has been met.  Wouldn’t you ??

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Confluence Jinx is shattered in Penguins’ 6-2 win over Canes

Aaaah, how sweet it is, or was.

Yours truly’s winless record watching the Penguins at the RBC Center (0-5-2 coming into Game Three) was finally erased in the Penguins’ 6-2 trouncing over the Hurricanes.

And the best thing ??  It was witnessed by two to three thousand of my closest Penguin fan friends.

It was a dominating performance by the Penguins, who will go for the sweep Tuesday night back in Raleigh.

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Additional tickets released for Game Three in Raleigh

The Hurricanes have released more tickets for Game Three on Saturday night in Raleigh.

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Game Two aftermath:  Foolish to think this series is over

Apologize for the tardiness, had to watch the game after the fact late last night.  Some random observations from last night, as we (and I mean WE) head dahn to Raleigh for Game 3:

- Reading some surprisingly confident, and some would call foolish, articles today in relation to this series.  Hearing a lot of people saying “it’s over” and talks of a sweep.  I’m reading previews of a Stanley Cup Finals rematch already.  Bob Smizik’s column in today’s Pittsburgh PG read “Overrated Hurricanes are overmatched”.  Am I missing something ??  Game One did end up at 3-2, right ??  Game Two was tied nearly 49 minutes into the game, correct ??  Did I miss some huge blocks of the first two games that would lead me to believe that the Penguins have dominated this series ??  OK, so if I haven’t, why would some have the cojones to spout that this series is over ??  That the Hurricanes are overrated and overmatched ??  Evgeni Malkin’s heroics last night seem to have made some people’s rose-colored glasses a lot more rosy.  Let’s not forget that the Hurricanes have controlled play for significant portions of the first two games of this series.  Let’s not forget Carolina is coming home to a raucous crowd for the next two games.  The Canes win those two, and all of a sudden it’s 2-2, and we’re down to a best of three.

Hey, the Pens take Game Three on Saturday night, I’ll be there with you, ‘cause for all intensive purposes, it will be over then.  But until that time comes, don’t underestimate this team.

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No suspension for Cooke after Cole hit

The NHL has determined that Penguins forward Matt Cooke will not be suspended for his knee-to-knee hit on Carolina’s Erik Cole during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night.

It is unknown whether Cooke will be fined or not.

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Despite Game One win, Penguins must play better

Hey, a win is a win is a win.  Trust me, I get it.

The Penguins got some much-needed contributions from Miro Satan and Philippe Boucher and turned that into a 3-2 win in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hurricanes.

But don’t let that final score skew things:  Yes, the Pens won.  Yes, the Pens controlled play for certain periods of the game.

But if you ask the Penguins today, to a man I betcha they’d say that they did not play a very good game last night, win or no win.

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Game One:  Penguins draw first blood over Hurricanes, 3-2

Well, I had a nice long recap that I thought posted, but now it’s gone.  Oh well. 

The Penguins scored two quick first period goals and got the eventual game-winner on a Philippe Boucher powerplay goal in the third period to propel the Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Canes in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Game Two is not until Thursday night at the Igloo

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Round Three Hurricanes/Penguins preview up at New York Times

Please check out my latest guest blogger spot over at the New York Times.

Of course, it’s a great opportunity to do guest blogger spots, although the very brief answers that I have to give doesn’t give me much room to properly talk smack.

Oh well, here ya go, check it out.

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A look at the hated ? Carolina Hurricanes

My usual playoff series template just doesn’t look right this time around.  Yet.

The Carolina Hurricanes are among the most unheralded and underappreciated teams in the NHL.  You know, with them located down yonder in Raleigh and all.  But what Penguins fans will see once this series is over, win or lose, is a group of players with a lot of chemistry together and a certain level of tenacity that, quite frankly, is overlooked.  Just ask the Devils and Bruins about that.

Just a couple things right off the bat:  You won’t find any “Staal vs. Staal” references, nor will you find any “Cole vs. Orpik” references.  Both have been beaten to death.

Some keys to the series:

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Whoda thunk it:  Penguins get home ice in Eastern Conference Finals

It wasn’t too long ago that the Penguins were in serious jeopardy of completely missing the playoffs after being two wins from winning the Cup last season.

Well, not only did they make the playoffs, but now after winning two rounds vs. bitter rivals Philadelphia and Washington, but after Carolina’s 3-2 overtime victory over Boston tonight, the Penguins will have home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hurricanes.

Home ice or not, the Hurricanes are sure to be one difficult opponent.  Should be yet another great series for the trip to the Cup Finals.

More on the Hurricanes tomorrow.

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If you’re the Penguins, what team would you prefer to face in the ECF ??

Now that the Penguins have disposed of those pesky Capitals, it’s now down to tonight’s winner of the Hurricanes and Bruins in Baaaaaston for the Eastern Conference championship series.

We have about 12 hours before we know who the Penguins will face, but if you had a choice, would you prefer to face the Canes or the Bruins ??

Of course, with the Canes, the Pens would have home ice advantage, for what it’s worth (just ask the Caps).  The Canes (read: Cam Ward) sure as hell seem to have the Pens’ number since his arrival.  Offensively, I think the Pens have a slight advantage, but obviously still a very close series.

With the Bruins, you’d face a much more physical group, led by Zdeno Chara.  And, of course, you have another top-notch goalie in Tim Thomas.

So, let’s hear it.  If you had a choice, which team would it be ??

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The Confluence Jinx continues:  Canes topple Penguins in OT, 3-2

[As I use my best Mr. Deeds voice…. ]

My bad.    My bad.

I’ve been going to Penguins games in Raleigh since 2001.  While the atmosphere is always festive, and the locals are certainly friendly, let’s just say things haven’t gone very well on the ice for the Penguins.

The Penguins’ record in games I’ve seen in Raleigh since 2001 ??

0-5-2.

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Ward, Hurricanes stifle Penguins, 2-1

Sometimes you just have to tip your hat.  Tonight, you just gotta do that for Cam Ward.

Ward stoned the Penguins with 32 saves, many of them of the outstanding variety, and the Hurricanes got a much-needed win at the Igloo, 2-1 over the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury was no slouch himself, making 38 saves.  He was, however, the recipient of a bad bounce when the Canes’ first goal deflected off the body of the Pens’ Rob Scuderi.

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Penguins spoil Maurice’s return, down Hurricanes, 5-2

It figures.  With Raleigh only 200 miles away from my humble abode, I’ve been able to attend Penguins games in Raleigh six times over the years.  The Pens are 0-5-1 in those games.  So it figures when I DON’T go, they play their best game in Raleigh in several years.

[By the way, the Pens are much more successful when I travel 200 miles north to DC, thanks Caps fans….]

It was refreshing for a change to have a quote/unquote easy win tonight at the expense of the Carolina Hurricanes and their old/new head coach, Paul Maurice.

Petr Sykora scored two goals for the 42nd time in his NHL career without scoring a hat trick, extending his own NHL record, and Sidney Crosby had four assists to pull within two points of teammate Evgeni Malkin for the NHL scoring lead as the Penguins cruised to 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in Raleigh tonight.

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Penguins/Hurricanes preview - 12/4;  Pesonen and Minard recalled

Penguins at Hurricanes, 7:00 PM ET, RBC Center

Season records: 

Penguins, 14-6-4, 32 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Hurricanes, 12-11-2, 26 pts, T-7th in Eastern Conference

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