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Penguins Lead Series 3-0
7:30PM/ET - RBC Center
For the past two days all everyone has talked about was facing the Detroit Red Wings in the Finals.
The problem is, we're not in the Finals yet.
The Carolina Hurricanes are determined to avoid a sweep on home ice.
They have nothing left to lose.
They will be going all out.
The Penguins need to do the same.
The Pens had a chance to close out the Philadelphia series in game five.
They had a chance to close out the Capitals series in game six.
Tonight they have a chance to close out this series in four.
Everybody with any sort of connection to the Penguins organization wants this series over tonight.
The Pens have outscored the Hurricanes 16-10 this series.
They'll need to outscore them once more tonight.
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Bing stick-handling against who is said to be Austin Lemieux:
Only way this video gets better is if Mario stepped in, stick-handled around Bing,
and then shot a puck and killed the person taping this.
And do yourself a favor.
If you haven't seen this photo album, check it out.
After the jump, not a whole lot.
We're not gonna regurgitate AP articles.
And our opinions on crap are just whatev.
Pens are a win away from the SCF.
Doesn't feel like it, does it?
Happy Memorial Day.
Thanks to NHL scheduling, there isn't much going on today.
Reportedly, the Avalanche really want Patrick Roy back in their organization.
Evgeni Malkin is at the top of NHL.com's "Hot List."
If both series are over by Wednesday night, the NHL may move the starting date for the Finals up to May 30th.
They still insist on playing games one and two on back-to-back nights however.
Marian Hossa doesn't want to publicly speculate about facing the Penguins in the Finals until both teams actually qualify.
"I'm focused on this," Hossa said, motioning to his teammates Saturday after practice. "This is why I picked Detroit, to go all the way to the final. We're more than halfway there, but we've still got work to do."
Could he at least imagine what it would be like if the Red Wings and Penguins met again?
"That would definitely be really interesting," he said, allowing a small smile. "It's still in the future, but it could happen."
These two-day breaks are mud.
Odds are the players love it, though.
Plus they get to take in the sights around Carolina.
When we think of some, we'll make another post.
After the jump on this Memorial Day edition:
-- A detailed account of RBC Center security...
-- Some more tailgating pics...
-- And a heartwarming story from the banks of the Clarion River...
3:00 -- NBC
Detroit up 2 games to 1
The Pens' coaches and players may be watching this game with a keener eye today.
They are, however, keeping Marty's story in mind.
As fans, we may have been sneaking a peek over in the West for a while now.
If you want to know the heartbreak that can come with counting your chickens before they hatch, share a beer with Marty at your local pub.
He will tell you the story of when he did his wife and she laid 7 eggs.
They went to Home Depot and started buying shit for a nursery.
They come back home to see the farmer eating pancakes and scrambled eggs.
Marty was never the same.
Is this a time for reflection?
Anyone care to go with us back to the beginning of February?
When life was mud?
And here they are, one win away from a return trip to the Finals.
The Prince of Wales will be in the building Tuesday night.
Malkin and Crosby each continued their personal assaults in Game 3.
Malkin with a three-point night. Bing with a two-point show.
Together they have combined for 54 points in the playoffs.
Carolina goalie Cam Ward has now given up 11 goals in two games.
He is completely overwhelmed and possibly suicidal.
But this series is not over yet.
A furious Carolina 4-game comeback would fit nicely into their playoff theme.
And how fitting will it be on Tuesday night?
Bill Cowher will be in charge of getting the crowd and the Hurricanes ready
to attempt the comeback before the game.
Bill Cowher in a potential Championship game for the opposition.
We'll take that every day of the week.
Penguins Lead Series 2-0
7:30PM/ET - RBC Center
["Bathed in burgundy" by qthrul on Flickr]
Before this round, the Carolina Hurricanes had not been down by two games at any point in this year's playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were up 2-0 against the Flyers.
In game three of that series they lost 6-3 in Philadelphia.
They'll be looking for a different result tonight.
A win in this game gives the Pens a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
A loss gives the Hurricanes the chance to tie the series up at home on Tuesday.
It's a huge game.
The RBC Center is reportedly very loud.
At least part of that noise must come from the three hundred sound effects they play after a goal:
Carolina is also home to this kid:
How lame are saturday mornings anymore? If this was 1992, you'd be hit with shows like, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield and Friends, Bobby's World, Darkwing Duck, Goof-Troop, Tiny Toons, etc.
Saturday Morning cartoons were all we lived for.
Now, we have to watch videos of Detroit Red Wings players destroying people:
Is it dirty or not? Hmmmmm its close. Our hate for the Red Wings blinds us all. If that is Orpik, we're pumped.
Like [EN] pointed out, Kronwall is known for this exact play.
We actually believe the refs did the right thing in throwing Kronwall out. Not because it was about the rules, but for his own personal safety, and it defused the situation.
Here is Empty Netter screen of the hit.
Commenter Triple Deke just posted this in CBLOG, he found it at [Kukla's]