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.
Penguins Lead Series 1-0
7:30PM/ET - Mellon Arena
Game One was four years ago.
All we've heard since then was how the Hurricanes have won five straight series that they have trailed 1-0.
The Penguins have won the last four series where they led 1-0.
One of these trends will be broken this round.
Eric Cole will play tonight.
Tuomo Ruutu will not.
Patrick Dwyer will take his place in the Hurricanes lineup.
The Penguins' lineup will likely remain the same as last game.
Let's face it.
The whole Gary Roberts/Chuck Norris thing is actually vomit inducing now.
Like if you still make those jokes, everyone hates you; they just don't tell you.
But,we don't know.
This commercial for Dos Equis is hilarious.
Nothing else going on.
How unreal are sports right now.
After Yanni Gate, there have been all kinds of arena conflicts going on. In the NBA, Vince Mcmahon challenged the Nuggets owner to a steel cage match because the Nuggets and WWE are at odds over some game.
The big deal here is less than a minute in,
Vinnie Mac calls it the World Wrestling FEDERATION.
And then news broke recently from [Empty Netters]
about the Hurricanes cancelling Elmo's show because of a possible Game 6 conflict.
Anyone remember the last time there were so many conflicts in a playoff season?
Needless to say, Elmo did not take the news well.
This game should have already been played.
We got nothing else to say until Gameday.
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NHL scheduling is great, isn't it?
This article from the News & Observer had a pretty good line:
"Even if the league wanted to pull strings behind the scenes to ensure the Pittsburgh Penguins' return to the Stanley Cup finals, it's nowhere near organized enough to pull it off.
This is the league that packed three two-day breaks between games into the Eastern Conference finals, stretching it out longer than some wars. If the NHL can't come up with a sensible schedule for a playoff series, how is it supposed to rig one?"
Speaking of the belief that the NHL favors the Penguins, Matt Cooke will not be suspended.
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We wish we could give out an award for Stupidest Artice on the Internet every week,
but usually anything [Steve Lepore] writes would win. HOOOOOOOOOO.
We've used that line twice this week.
Anyway, it can't work in the regular season because we aren't reading everything we possibly can.
But in the playoffs, we're reading everything we can get our hands on.
PUCK DADDY's daily repository of links always comes up big-time.
On Tuesday, he released the hounds on what could be the dumbest thing put on the Internet since Perez Hilton.
The tease to go to the article was that the author was saying
there isn't an elite goaltender left in the playoffs.
We took the bait.
Always fun to see what neutral observers are saying about MAF.
Little did we know that we were about to become dumber by reading it.