Let the rumors begin.
Pretty much sums up the entire game.
Forget to mention all the bounces they got, though.
It's a race to 4. A marathon of sorts.
And Montreal put a pipe bomb in your mouth.
Worst part about playoff losses isn't the actual loss.
It's the blowback.
Starting this morning, you'll hear Tim Benz starting on the Penguins. Guranteed he'll call out Malkin.
Then we'll roll into the noon hour, and Stan and Guy will start fielding calls from brilliant callers blaming everyone they can think of.
Around 5:00, Mike Logan will say something, and everyone will laugh.
Rob Rossi will start running his mouth on the Mark Madden Show.
In between of all of this, co-workers will start saying stupid shit and message boards will be out of control.
Rich Walsh will bring it home on the nightly news with some moronic sequence of sentences.
The best part of the aftermath of the loss, though, was Rich Walsh outside Mellon Arena after the game trying to find a Penguin fan who was placing gloom and doom on the season. Happiness doesn't sell news. Despair does.
But Rich Walsh just couldn't find a bridge-jumping Pens fan. Everyone was just spitting in his face.
So, it's good to know we're not alone in that sentiment.
We've seen way too many playoff games and playoff series to even be concerned right now.
Fans everywhere are salivating over seeing Crosby frustrated and angry.
Pens fans are salivating, too. Because nothing's better than an angry Sid.
Heading into his backyard for Game Three. Could be an interesting night.
Story of this game was Montreal playing their "style." Their style consists of hoping to get the lead, and when they do, sit back and wait for an overeager jugernaut offense to start forcing things and making mistakes. In turn, Montreal then feeds off those mistakes and takes advantage of shooting on a goaltender who hasn't seen a shot in like 8 minutes.
That's it. That's their gameplan.
A goalie who's stonewalling your life fits into the equation, too.
Timely bounces help, too. Mike Cammalleri cashed in the two bounces he got.
The Pens went 4 for 4 on the PP in Game One.
In Game Two, they were 0 for your face.
If they manage one goal, the game is going to OT.
They still had a shit load of chances even strength, though.
But Halak decided to come to this one. And he refused to leave.
The way Halak and the Habs frustrated the Pens, especially in that "third period," if you want to give it the benefit of the doubt and call it a period of hockey, was staggering. Habs just sat back and waited for the Pens to score. The Pens couldn't, and Cameljoke was there to capitalize on a turnover due to the Pens pressing. Letang tried to corral the puck with his skate, it bounced too hard off said skate, and Cameljoke walked in and hit the bottle.
What's done is done.
Now it's time to see what Disco has up his sleeve. One thing the Caps' coaching staff was railed for was not making any adjustments. Bylsma will have a plane ride up to Antarctica to figure out a way to combat Montreal's rope-a-joke style.
With a team like the Habs, if you get up 2 goals, you are fine.
You just have to get there first. Vomit.
You just have to get there first. Vomit.
The first 5 to 10 minutes in Montreal will be hell.
Penguins Lead Series 1-0
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Thank you, NBC, for the 2PM Sunday start.
You'll have to get your lucky burritos early today.
Also, remember that there will be no big screen.
Tailgate on the Terrace is also cancelled.
Traffic downtown will likely be a nightmare.
Game two against the Habs.
Our chance to put them in a hole before we head to Montreal.
Splitting the series 1-1 in Pittsburgh would be considered a victory for them.
It would be bad news for us.
An update from the Penguins website on Kennedy and Leopold:
"Although both players were optimistic about how they are progressing, neither was willing to give a timetable on when they will return to the lineup. Kennedy said his return is dependent on getting himself into game shape while Leopold has to see how he responds to live hitting."
Obviously, Staal will be out for the Pens.
Jaroslav Spacek and Andrei Markov will sit for Montreal.
The Penguins have broken some pretty good goalies in the recent playoff runs.
It took them about 45 or so minutes to break Jaroslav Halak in Game One.
Halak was eventually pulled midway through the third period for Carey Price.
And the Pens went on to win 6-3.
The powerplay came alive.
If Mike Yeo had a blog, he would be posting a big picture of his sac.
The Pens had four powerplay goals.
Craig Adams scored a huge goal of his own.
Crosby and Malkin had 0 of the Pens' 6 goals.
A lot of great things to talk about coming out of this game.
Except for this.
Staal was injured in the second period when he collided with Montreal's P.K. Subban.
No real indication of the severity of the injury, and that's to be expected.
Disco said the injury is "undisclosed." Staal has played 358 straight games.
But there is nothing anyone can do about that.
An injury is just another hurdle.
So the Habs looked tired.
That was also to be expected.
And they get no favors from life, as they have to turn around and play an afternoon game on Sunday.
When you consider how the Pens played in this one, along with Montreal trying to regroup in time for Sunday...
No sympathy for the Habs not having a rest between the rounds.
Maybe they should've started playing in the Caps series before Game 5.
Like 800 pictures after the jump.
Series Tied 0-0
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Just days ago we loved you. We cheered as Hal Gill blocked shot after shot.
Watching Jaroslav Halak put on a series of great performances filled our Caps-hating hearts with joy
We were all Canadiens.
We were almost singing "Ole ole ole" along with you.
And now.... now not so much.
Now you are our enemy.
You're in the middle of a great run.
You're playing a dedicated style of hockey that was able to shut down the highest scoring team in the league.
You've already defied all expectations and exceeded all goals.
But you want to keep going, don't you?
You want another upset. You want to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions and advance to the Eastern Conference Final.
You want to be a giant killer.
But we're not the Washington Capitals.
That series is over.
Our admiration for you has quickly faded.
The USS HMCS Hal Gill is now an enemy ship.
Halak is now another goalie our team hopes to break.
We know it won't be easy. It never is.
We don't expect it to be.
We're at war.
Apparently things work differently in Pittsburgh than in Buffalo.
In yet another brilliant decision by the National Broadcasting Company, the big screen in front of Mellon Arena will be dark on Sunday afternoon. This goes against what was reported yesterday.
The screen will be on for tonight's game and all other games this series.
Sunday's game is on NBC and thus the screen is not allowed.
Seth at Empty Netters points out that "NBC really doesn't care about the 5,000 or so folks who would congregrate in front of Mellon Arena and the miniscule damage it could do to ratings points potentially. What the Peacock does care about is the precedent it could set with one of it's bigger high profile sports partnerships such as the NFL."
The fact that NBC "doesn't really care" about hockey shouldn't surprise anyone at this point.
In other NBC news, check out Jay Leno's ratings.
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First, a lesson in the history of le Club de hockey Canadien.
The word "Canadian" comes from "Canadien," which comes from Kanada or Kanata, which means "village."
There is an M. Night Shymallayaaneyan joke in there, but we just aren't prepared.
Also, the Canadiens are commonly called The Habs.
"Les Habitants" was a French term used to describe early French jobber settlers who farmed and shit.
The Canadiens team was formed to appeal to Canada's francophone population.
The "H" in the logo stands for Hockey, though. It's all making sense now.
You have to respect the franchise's history:
Back when the home team would wear white, we would annually buy up tickets
to at least one Canadiens game a year in the Igloo so we could see the red unis.
Worst moment of one of our childhoods was when we got a white Habs jersey.
But spilled a cup of coffee on it.
The stain lives to this day. Sickening.
What were we doing drinking coffee in our childhood? Nobody knows.
It's hard to job the Habs, but we'll find a way. The hate will come easy.
For the first time in a long time, we get to meet a fanbase as passionate, if not more passionate, than ours.
Battles in comment sections, message boards, and Twitter will be prevalent early and often.
We expect media feuds galore. This is DEFCON 4.
You should start mentally preparing right now to not get any calls in Game Three.
One thing to really focus on is Montreal's long, rich history in cheating.
- Back in the day, Montreal star Maurice Richard would routinely try to have sex with players from the opposing teams after big games.
Picture: Rocket Richard, after some man refused to make out with him.
- Way too lazy to go find info on this, but if you're bored, go look at the shady shit surrounding the 1971 draft. Montreal basically cheated to get Guy Lafleur.
- And let's not forget last year's All-Star ballot fix.
Again, just wait till Game Three back in Montreal.
Cookie will check Gionta, the building will erupt, and the refs will be forced to call something.
Given the way the first round played out, this may be the most studied we've ever been on a Penguins second-round playoff opponent.
We'd watch the Pens one day, then watch Habs-Caps the next day. And so on.
Guessing a lot of Pens fans are in this same boat.
(Except for THE FAN morning show, who called P.K. Subban "T.J.")
And after watching the Habs win 3 out of 4 at the Verizon Center during the series, the worst thing the Pens could do is overlook Montreal in the first two games of this series.
Maybe this is our fathers talking, but we want no piece of playing up in Montreal.
Going up there down 2-0 just isn't an option.
Going up there with a 2-0 series lead is definitely possible.
We were going to talk about this series being the most important in Crosby's career: going into the belly of the beast, routinely doring interviews in French and English without flinching, the booing, the derision, etc.
Then we realized Crosby has won a Stanley Cup.
Realized that Crosby won the Gold Medal for Canada in sudden-death overtime.
Realized that Sid performs his best when in the spotlight, with everyone in an arena wanting him murdered.
So, fortunately, wondering if Crosby will show up in this pressure-cooker of a series doesn't need to be entertained by any media member, English- or French-speaking.
Max Talbot, MAF, Kris Letang, etc. are returning to their backyard.
If 66 isn't involved in the ceremonial faceoff before Game 3, Montreal has no clue what they're doing.
But we know what we're doing. The series preview. After the jump.
As we said with the Sens, if the Habs feel like they've already accomplished something, they've already lost.