Before game six of the final last year:
As much as you may have been pissed at Fleury for ruining your Wednesday night,
his displeasure with his own performance completely dwarfs your life.
He bounces back. It's proven in the past.
It's not even an issue.
MAF's psyche used to be fragile. But not in the past couple years.
Still, it'd be nice to give the man some love on Friday.
FLUR-EE, FLUR-EE, FLUR-EE.
Even on a save on a bullshit shot by Chris Phillips from the point.
FLUR-EE, FLUR-EE, FLUR-EE.
Starting Sunday, the chants turn into FLUURRRREEEE, FLURRRREEEE.
We're all fans of the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Fans of a team that has been to the Finals two years in a row.
So we have no clue why the sky is falling in certain circles today.
Did people really forget that you can lose a game in the playoffs?
Oh, right. Chris Kelly's goal on the bad bounce was a "powerplay goal."
It was definitely a letdown, no shit.
But this is where the Stanley Cup swagger kicks in.
Losses like this shouldn't phase anyone.
Brian Elliott is probably the shakiest goalie the Pens have faced in the past three playoffs.
Don't tell Gene Collier that, though.
Four goals against. He had a clear look on three of the goals.
Craig Adams scored his first goal of the season. On his backhand.
He made one save worth touching yourself about, stopping Poni point-blank.
Gene Collier didn't even watch the game. Guaranteed.
Dan Bylsma's mantra is the longer a series goes, the better it is for his guys.
The cream eventually rises to the top.
So, this series may not be over quickly.
Give credit to the Sens. They didn't let Malkin's early goal mess up their shit.
They came into the contest with Trust Fund Clouston's game plan, and they executed it.
People will be all over MAF today.
Anytime Chris Neil and Jarko Joko score against you, that's going to happen.
But blaming MAF is too easy. Tough night all around.
Bottom line: We will know a lot more about this series, and this season, on Friday night.
If you are feeling down, there are plenty other fanbases sharing that feeling.
The high-seeded Devils lost, and Colorado stunned San Jose late last night.
Every game was decided by a goal.
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Developers surprised even us by unveiling real-time scoring.
Didn't know that was coming.
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Know the Enemy:
Here we are.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The last postseason in Igloo history.
The chance to repeat as champions.
Once again we face the Ottawa Senators.
The rubber match.
Tradition dictates that the winner of this series will lose in the Stanley Cup Final.
We've waited all season for this.
The playoffs are here.
Playoff time is here.
Pensblog GM Marty the Chicken has taken the opinions of his coaching staff under advisement and has chosen seven Gameday Characters that will be trusted to lead the Penguins to victory.
Earlier today he issued the following statement:
Some of these characters have been chosen based on their performance this season. Others are proven playoff performers that will give our organization the depth and veteran experience it needs over the weeks and months ahead.
Keep in mind that while these seven characters have been trusted initially, our team has strong depth throughout its ranks. There are many characters that could be called up in the future if the situation warrants it.
*If you're going to the game tonight and see that joke selling Pensblog knockoff shirts,
snap a pic of him with your phone please :)
Pens calling for a whiteout tonight.
Guess somebody should tell THE FAN morning show this.
Might be the only people in Pittsburgh who don't know.
Friendly reminder that Rinko closes at 5pm tonight.
Couldn't get ahold of Rick.
He's probably already working on a Gameday.
EDIT: Rick's Team:
What a playoffs this is going to be.
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Does this stuff ever get old?
The following clip is from the Howard Stern shows sports guy Scott Ferrall. He is a huge Pens fan.
He recorded himself watching Game Seven's final seconds.
NSFW but if you're here, you already knew that.
[If someone from Detroit reads NSFW - which means "not safe for work" - what do they do?]
Totally forgot to post this video and email last year:
More chances to relive the moment through others after the jump.
Is the fix in for the Sens? [ SENS TOWN ]
Basically the author is saying the NHL will conspire to get Crosby deep into the playoffs,
especially at the expense of a relatively small-market team.
Probably wasn't saying this in 2007 when Ottawa beat the Pens
on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
No mention of that in the article.
Charlie's reign is over.