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]
How unreal was yesterday's game?
You probably spent most of the day today talking about it.
Productivity was down today as every Penguins fan spent about half of their day watching Malkin's hat trick on Youtube.
Here it is again:
Of course, we've only won two games.
It's nice, but the series is far from over.
Ask the Washington Capitals what winning the first two games at home means.
Tomorrow we'll all need to focus our attention on game three.
The RBC Center will be loud and the Hurricanes will be fighting for their lives.
We can spend today watching yesterday's highlights.
We can spend today watching yesterday's highlights.
In 1999, Hurricane Eugene formed from a wave off the coast of Africa,
banged some chick, and breezed to the central Pacific somewhere.
It reached Hawaii and just fell apart.
In 2009, Hurricane Geno formed in the first period of Game 2 as a tropical depression.
By the time the third period was over, it was a Category 5 hurricane
and the Red Cross was on the way to Cam Ward's crease.
And that was the game.
It was prevalent from the get-go that the Canes' game plan
was to beat the hell out of Crosby and Malkin and see where the line was.
How is that working out?
After he had enough of Chad Larose's garba Malkin simply took the game over.
There's no whining about officiating after this one.
No Penguin/Crosby bias talk.
The Canes seemingly left everything on the ice. They just got beat.
But heavy is the head that wears the crown.
The fever is way too high right now, and for just cause.
We were at the game tonight, and after all the talk of how quiet the crowd was Monday night,
there was something magical in the air.
Walking to the car after the game was surreal.
The Pens have held serve, just like Washington did in the last series.
We now travel to RBC.
But let's just sit back and watch these highlights like 30 times for now.