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.
There has been so much sweat on Cam Ward's balls this week, the Hurricanes should buy stock in Brawny.
Ward is big deal. And the love affair with him has been warranted.
At the other end, Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't gone without his praise,
but his critics usually drown out any good vibes.
In Game One, Fleury won round one of a potential 7-round fight.
We're not experts, but you could tell MAF was a little more on his game.
MAF was dealing with AO flying into his zone for the past seven games.
Last night, it was Matt Cullen.
Series Tied 0-0
7:30PM/ET - Mellon Arena
Overlooking the Carolina Hurricanes is the worst thing anyone could do right now.
Anybody that is already focused on the Stanley Cup Final will be in for a rude awakening when Cam Ward makes his first unbelievable save of the series.
The Hurricanes didn't beat Boston and New Jersey by accident.
Ward is possibly the best goaltender left in the playoffs.
He definitely knows how to win when it matters.
And he's not the only threat the Hurricanes possess.
Eric Staal has been dominant at times and has been able to score big goals.
Apparently he has a brother, but we've heard nothing about that.
Yes We Canni
We will be attempting to break down this ECF battle.
Analysts everywhere are trying to do the same thing while
trying to hide the fact that they can't name more than two of Carolina's D-men.
We've been able to at least know what was going on for most of these playoffs,
as the Pens have gone against bitter rivals Philadelphia and Washington.
The Hurricanes are an enigma to us.
We're not gonna pretend like we know their strengths and weaknesses.
We will just delve into the world of statistics and our well of hockey knowledge
to at least lay out a blueprint of what may transpire.
If you want an example of a series preview written by someone
who is just pretending to know what is going on, go read THIS.
For the Penguins, defensive scoring is crucial. Mark Eaton already has four goals and is an incredible +6, yet has just five points, and Sergei Gonchar (often mistaken for a forward) and Kris Letang have combined for five goals, 14 assists, and 19 points together on the top line.
However, it's worth noting that Brooks Orpik has yet to find the back of the net (4 pts. though), Rob Scuderi has just three points, and Hal Gill is a dreadful 0 goals-1 assist.
Obviously, if the Pens have any chance, Orpik needs to start lighting the lamp.
"Rob Scuderi has just 3 points, and Hal Gill is a dreadful 0 goals-1 assist."
That may be the idiot quote of the playoffs.
And we even read PUCK DADDY every day. hoooo