Friday, September 22, 2006

The Penguins are rolling out the brown carpet tonight as they kick off another season of hockey at the Mellon Arena. Tonight's pre-season game against the Capitals (7:30 PM) will not be on the radio or television. Crosby is not dressing for tonight's game, either.

When we talk about the Capitals, the following topics cannot be ignored:

  • The flocks of Pens fans making the trip to Washington for playoff games.
  • The Penguins' dominance: 6 playoff series wins in 7 tries (since 1991).
"We Suck."

  • Randy Gilhen jumping on as an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call and scoring late in Game 2 of the 1991 Patrick Division Finals to tie the game up at 6. Kevin Stevens ended up winning the game in overtime.
  • 1/26/92 - Ron Hogarth, esteemed NHL referee, hands out game misconducts to Lemieux, Stevens and Jagr in a 6-4 loss at Washington.

  • Down three games to one in the 1992 Patrick Division Semi-Finals, The Pens come roaring back to force (and win) a Game 7.

  • 4/24 - 25/96 - EPIC GAME. Petr Nedved scores with 45 seconds remaining in the 4th overtime of Game 4 to tie the series at two. Mario Lemieux had slashed Todd Krygier earlier and received a game misconduct. Lemieux spent the overtime periods setting up food for the players between periods. The Pens eventually win the series in six games.
4/25/96 - 2:22 AM
The look on Sergei Gonchar's face is priceless.
  • 2001 - The Pens ride Johan Hedberg's sterling goaltending past the Capitals in six games.
  • Future: Ovechkin vs. Crosby/Malkin. Game 7. Eastern Conference Finals.


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