We don't know why. We don't dare to ask why.
But there has been one quote floating in our heads the last 24 hours.
"When you go into a lion's den, you don't tiptoe in. You carry a spear.You go in screaming like a banshee and say, 'Where is that son of a bitch?'"
Last season, the Pens tiptoed into the Finals.
By the time they knew what was going on, they were down 2 games to none.
That part of your brain that keeps you in check and tells you not to touch little boys
was telling you that the series was already over.
This season, the Pens are kicking the door down and they are pissed.
And that quote is from former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick.
Had to be done.
Working on the preview.
Someone broke cblog, so we needed a new post.
So in the meantime:
When Darren Helm ended the Blackhawks' season, sending the Wings to the Cup Finals, everyone in Pittsburgh and Detroit stood up, knowing what it meant.
Well, almost everyone.
The Pens have seen more red in these playoffs
than a project tester at Tampax Incorporated.
It continues, as an improbable rematch with the Red Wings awaits.
This was how it was supposed to be.
All season long, everyone has kept an eye on the Wings.
Ready to point and laugh, hoping Chris Osgood would get hit by a car.
So, let loose with a sigh of relief.
The Pens don't have to wait till June 5th to play again.
One of these teams' seasons may be over in a span of 27 hours over the weekend.
Last year, everyone had some nerves going into the Finals.
This year, everyone in Pens Nation is going in full throttle.If you're "afraid" of the Red Wings, we have no clue how you've come this far.
Get ready to hear the Pens aren't better than last year.
If that sentence appears in someone's article, don't read it.
At this point, you're going to have to pick and choose your battles.
Two important things.
1. We're are pulling the Don't Boo Hossa train out of the station.
If he had signed with Pittsburgh, the Pens wouldn't be here right now.
And the Pens' salary-cap outlook would look like Hiroshima.
And that's all we're gonna talk about Hossa.
Nobody really cares anymore.
If you do, it's 'cause you're trying to sell a magazine or a newspaper or the NHL, period.
And that moves us to Number 2.
2. We are shutting down Penguin/Hossa Photoshops.
For example, do not send us something like this:
Solid job, though.
Remember how Sidney Crosby feeds off of people booing him?
Just don't waste your time on Hossa.
In the long list of jerkoffs on the Red Wings, he is near the bottom.
Don't get us wrong -- The thought of Orpik laying out Hossa at center ice
then placing a dollar bill on his chest as he lay there motionless puts a hop in our step.
Guys like Kris Draper, Holmstrom, Dan Cleary and his family [ask blackngold 66] --
Those are the guys to photoshop. They are the center of the Evil Empire.
And Chris Osgood. The thought of getting another chance to watch the Pens break him floated in and out of your mind the last 12 months.
Before we get into the Red Wings, we have to tie up some loose ends.
After the jump:
-- We have an e-mail allegedly from Ted Leonsis...
-- A story from Raleigh of a Penguins night out...
-- A Dexter .GIF.
-- And a stat we have been sitting on for one whole year.
Red Wings Lead Series 3-1
We could know our next opponent tonight.
The Red Wings are at home with a chance to clinch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl tonight.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales Trophy is back in the 'Burgh.
Found on Empty Netters
In the first two rounds the Penguins didn't put their opponents away when they had the chance.
Tonight the Prince of Wales was in the building.
A second consecutive trip to the Stanely Cup Finals was on the line.
They weren't making any mistakes this time.
Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins meant business.
It's time to dance with Lord Stanley once again.
Penguins Lead Series 3-0
7:30PM/ET - RBC Center
For the past two days all everyone has talked about was facing the Detroit Red Wings in the Finals.
The problem is, we're not in the Finals yet.
The Carolina Hurricanes are determined to avoid a sweep on home ice.
They have nothing left to lose.
They will be going all out.
The Penguins need to do the same.
The Pens had a chance to close out the Philadelphia series in game five.
They had a chance to close out the Capitals series in game six.
Tonight they have a chance to close out this series in four.
Everybody with any sort of connection to the Penguins organization wants this series over tonight.
The Pens have outscored the Hurricanes 16-10 this series.
They'll need to outscore them once more tonight.
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