UFC fighther, and PA native Josh Koscheck sets the tone for Monday in Montreal.
After his knockout of some clown in a fight in Montreal, he pissed the Canadian faithful off.
According to MMA Weekly:
"Don't worry, Pittsburgh Penguins are going to kick your ass next week, baby!" Koscheck yelled to the Montreal crowd. "And then I'm going to beat St. Pierre, so you guys are going to lose twice, how bout that? Yeah, that's right Montreal
So great. No video on this yet, because Youtube sucks. Also by next week, we hope Koscheck meant Monday. Just saying.
AJN44 comes up clutch in cblog with the video:
Still kind of iffy on the whole "next week thing."
From reading about Koscheck, he admits he is just some Pens fanboy. But whatev, it got some Montreal dude all jammed up and if you have to hand it to him for even doing it. He needs to work on his wrestling villian shit though. Perfect place for a suck it from him, and he blew it.
Last night our picasa account vomitted on itself. So we had some work around shit we had to do.
Stunned pics, knitting, dog pics after the jump.
He apparently didn't foresee the embarrassing delay-of-game penalty
that he committed in the third period of Game Five that crushed his team's momentum.
Kudos to Pens fans in Pittsburgh.
Radio stations all across the dial want Pens fans to call in to complain about Crosby not scoring.
And no one is taking the bait. It's beautiful.
We'll jump on the "Where's Crosby?" train if he lets his team lose a 7-game series without scoring a goal.
He hasn't scored yet...because he hasn't had to score.
You ain't going 16-0 during the playoffs.
Besides, we didn't watch Game Five in order to see Sidney Crosby.
We tuned in to see a bunch of Penguin sweaters win a pivotal Game Five.
And they did.
It all started with Bylsma's decision to put Guerin and Rupp in the lineup, while scratching -- let's face it -- no-shows in Ruslan Fedotenko and Alexei Freeagent.
Where were Guerin and Rupp for the Pens' two goals?
On the ice. In Halak's wife's ovaries. Mike Rupp was a force.
And Mark Letestu is exactly what the Pens need on the fourth line.
Kris Letang rebounded from a "bad" game in Game Four.
Gonchar apparently isn't "tanking."
MAF is slowly taking over Halak in the goaltending battle.
Malkin is galloping. Craig Adams is destroying people.
And you got to feel bad for the Habs. Their coach won't let them play.
He waits until the third period to begin letting his forwards sustain forechecks.
You let the Pens get ahead by 2 goals, and you're gonna lose.
And here we go, back to Montreal for Game Six. Gotta love it.
After the jump, a recap sans pics 'cause Picasa is being a joke.
Series Tied 2-2
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
We've heard a lot about how the Montreal Canadiens are a team steeped in tradition.
We see it before every game at the Bell Centre.
100 years of history represented by a child in a Richard or Lafleur jersey symbolically passing the torch to the current team.
The Montreal Canadiens have won more Stanley Cups than any team in NHL history.
But despite what P.K. Subban may think, they haven't won anything this year.
They're tied 2-2 in the second round of the playoffs.
And they're tied with a team that has its own history of tradition.
Our three Stanley Cups may pale in comparison to their 24 and our 43 years of existence are less than half of the Canadiens' 100, but that doesn't mean we're not a significant part of NHL history.
From Pronovost to Lemieux to Crosby and Malkin, we have our own rich history.
We have our own story.
We have our own tradition of success.
Habs Eyes On The Prize, a Montreal Canadiens blog, did an excellent job explaining Pittsburgh's hockey history in a recent post.
This could be the last Penguins game in the Igloo.
The very first Penguins game inside the Igloo was a loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
It would only be fitting for the final game to be the same.
But that's not going to happen.
Because the Igloo isn't done yet.
It has life left. It has hope left.
It will see more screaming crowds.
It will feel the rush of another white-out, another win and another playoff success story.
And that happens tonight.
Tonight is our chance to fill our old arena with cheers once more.
The crowd at the Bell Centre is definitely a factor during the games.
The crowd at Mellon Arena can be just as loud.
Despite what we have all heard for the last couple of days, this series is not over.
It's just tied.
It's now a best-of-three.
The 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins versus the 2010 Montreal Canadiens.
This isn't a battle of tradition.
This isn't a battle of history.
And this isn't the United States versus Canada.
Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Max Talbot, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang, Matt Cooke, Tyle Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, and many others were born in Canada, but they will suit up in black and gold tonight.
Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez and Hal Gill are Americans, but tonight they will not wear the red, white and blue of their birthplace.
They will wear bleu, blanc et rouge of the Montreal Canadiens.
This is the 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins versus the 2010 Montreal Canadiens.
It's a best-of-three.
We're just throwing a prayer out here, since it is Friday night.
But on the NHL Network at 7:00-8:00 EST, the 1996 Pens/Panthers ECF series is being recapped.
If you get it on YouTube, we don't even know.
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The plan after Game Two, for us anyway, was to get the split in Montreal.
That's been accomplished.
The Penguins didn't particularly play a great game in Game Three. They won.
The Habs returned the favor in Game Four.
Looking anymore into this is a fool's errand.
The scene now shifts to Saturday night and what could be the last game ever played at the Mellon Arena.
Until then, just avoid all media.
You'll be subject to hearing people say Gonchar is tanking, that Fleury sucks, that Kris Letang kicked a puck in, etc.
Don't do that to yourself.
All we can say is act like you've lost a playoff game before. Don't embarrass yourself.
The last time the Pens played against a structured system like this, it was against Detroit.
It was easy to respect the Wings, though, because they actually have talent.
The Wings held Crosby in check for only so long.
Until he put home the go-ahead goal in Game Four.
As the old adage goes:
Great players aren't always great. They're just great when they have to be.
At least act like you deserved to win the game.
The over-the-top celebration by the players says a lot.
Although the Bell Centre reaction was indicative of a Game 7 Stanley Cup win, it was actually a Game 4 win in a series where the Canadiens are being severely outplayed but are getting timely bounces.
Wanted a split heading to Montreal. Got it. No worries.
Pens lead series 2-1
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
When a series is 2-1, the fourth game is possibly the most important game.
If the Pens win tonight they lead 3-1 and they're coming back home.
Obviously that situation didn't help the Washington Capitals, but usually it's a pretty good one to be in.
If Montreal wins they tie the series and have momentum heading back to Pittsburgh.
It becomes a best-of-three at that point and anything can happen.
You know how you know it's a big game?
Jordan Staal is a game-time decision.
We avoid any sort of physical activity whenever we have a slight stomach ache or have stubbed a toe.
Jordan Staal lacerated a tendon on Friday night, had surgery and he wants to play today.
Apparently when RDS said that he was out for the season, they meant he's inhuman and not capable of feeling pain.
Bill Guerin is a game-time decision as well but according to the Globe & Mail it's his goal to return for game five.
For the Habs, Sergei Kostitsyn was kept out of practice today.
Apparently his attitude was a distraction to the rest of the team.
Jaroslav Spacek skated today, but will not play.