CONSOL Energy Center
Now that the celebration and the ceremonies are over, it's time to focus solely on the hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens.
Face it, nothing that happens tonight or any other night will change what happened in the playoffs.
The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Penguins, embarassed them in the final game and closed the Igloo for good.
We can't change that.
What tonight is is a chance to show what we've learned.
It's a chance to show that the 2010-2011 Pittsburgh Penguins are better than the 2009-2010 team.
Our defense is better. Our players are more dedicated. Our will is stronger.
And while Halak may be gone, Carey Price will need to pay for the sins of his franchise.
The Pens line up:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Craig Adams/Eric Godard
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Paul Martin
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland/Ben Lovejoy
The Habs lines from Empty Netters:
Michael Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Andrei Kostitsyn
Benoit Pouliot - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Lars Eller - Jeff Hapern - Maxim Lapierre
Travis Moen - Dustin Boyd - Tom Pyatt
Hal Gill - Josh Gorges
Alexandre Picard - Ryan O'Byrne
Jaroslav Spacek - P.K. Subban
Make the subject of your email "Gameday."
Habs Inside/Out says that the Pens' depth is in question.
The Canadiens next opponent, Pittsburgh, lost their opening night game on Wednesday 3-2 to the Flyers and while you can never discount a team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, it may be a sign that despite what some experts think -- that the Pens are a serious Stanley Cup contender merely on the strength of their two stars -- there are ongoing depth issues there.
Yes, you can tell a lot about the makings of a team from the first game of the season.
Didn't the Habs lose game one to the Leafs?
"Hello. We are Pittsburgh Penguin fans. You killed our arena. Prepare to die."