Saturday, April 12, 2008
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Maybe you really forgot what it's like. Or maybe you never knew.
But from now on, you'll never forget what playoff hockey is about.
Midway through the second, it was all smiles.
Midway through the third, it was the Exxon-Valdez.
We have no idea what John Barbero said when he announced the Ryan Malone goal.
Truth is, we don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid.
We'd like to think it was so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it.
We tell you, those voices in the Mellon Arena soared higher and farther than anybody in a tight playoff game dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little arena and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man, woman, and child in the Mellon Arena felt free.
Normally, we wouldn't drill home Shawshank Redemption references.
But Red and Andy are now 2-0.
How were the Pens gonna come out to start the game?
Would they be unreal, or would they be flatter than Oklahoma.
If you want an example of a professional hockey team being all business, it was the Pens in that first 20 minutes.
Hossa and Bing came flying out of the gates.
But even Secretariat has scored more goals than them in this series.
After some close chances both ways, Malkin was able to feather his way into the Sens zone and perform a toe drag.
No dice, as the puck went wide.
Ryan Malone comes flying down but hits his head off the ice.
It looked awful. But he stayed in the game.
Sid had another solid chance right after that, and no deal.
The Pens had slowly grabbed the momentum by that point.
After a harmless shot on net, Jordan Staal drinks Gerber's milkshake.
Andrej Meszaros overacts and cross-checks him from behind,
and some bad-ass 4-on-4 action ensued.
After the 4-on-4, Dupuis drew a huge penalty driving to the net.
After the first unit couldn't get it going, Gary Roberts jumped on to chants from the Mellon.
And then Chris Phillips forgets he can be called for penalties, and he jobs Bing, so it was gonna be 5-on-3blog when the Sens finally touched the puck, which took three years.
During that delayed penalty, Anton Volchenkov made a goal-saving play.
Give us Volchenkov on our blue line all day. That just had to be said.
Gonchar heeds to the advice from the fans and drops a bomb past Gerber.
On replays of the goal, you can see Roberts' eyes will the puck to the top shelf,
but the NHL scorekeeper doesn't acknowledge that form of scoring.
The end of the period was all about the Sens trying to job Roberts.
There wasn't much going on in the second period until Chris Phillips takes a stupid penalty with a crosscheck to Roberts' skull.
That powerplay was interrupted by the horrible ice surface wanting to give up.
Couldn't you feel a goal coming?
Malkin started the rush by gliding through the Senators like one of the twins from the Matrix.
After some chaos, the Pens were able to settle it down, and the Sens were spaced out.
Bing opens up everything even more by feathering it cross-ice to Malkin.
Malkin didn't think twice when he saw Sykie on the doorstep.
Dany Heatley finally made an appearance halfway through the second.
He had no idea what was going on, hesitating from lacing a wrister top shelf.
That play eventually led to Orpik going off for interference.
An insane two minutes followed, with two Pens breaking their stick en route to killing the penalty.
It looked like the Sens were gonna put one on the board, but MAF just makes a great, composed save on Spezza.
What a huge save.
And then Ruutu dives to get the puck up to Orpik coming out of the box. The Free Candy Van comes freewheeling out of the box and was all alone on a breakaway.
But the Swiss Miss says no.
Was the play over? No.
Malone makes an unreal play to keep the puck in the Sens zone.
It finds its way to Malkin's stick.
Malkin and Sykie put on their labcoats and light the Bunsenburner.
But then a funny thing happened on our way to planning a parade.
Shean Donovan drops come PCP on the bench.
Chris Neil actually shows some form of skill, Donovan goes to the net.
Something about this goal changed things.
Maybe it was the really gay celebration by the Senators.
The Pens were gonna get a chance to get it back when the Sens headed to the box.
During the delayed penalty, the Pens played like that one jackass friend of yours plays NHL '08 when he's clinging to a one-goal lead.
They just moved it around like it was practice.
A nicely timed commercial break gave the big boys a breather.
But no dice on that power play.
Sykora had a chance on an impromptu breakaway, but Gerber comes up big.
How big was that play?
About two minutes later, the Sens capitalized on a Kennedy penalty to make it...
And it was eerily similar to their first goal.
Malkin followed up that buzzkill with another unreal shift.
He has more presence than Christmas morning in this series.
And that was gonna be it for the second.
The most important period since that one-night stand was on the way.
COTTON CANDY HHHHHEEEEEEEEEEERRREEEE
Look at those guns.
The start of the third was snoreblog.
But you woke up when Malone wanted a "feckin' inteference" call.
And the house was almost brought down when Dupuis' shot/pass to Hossa almost resulted in a goal, but Hossa couldn't put it home.
That will come back to haunt you. Everyone knows that.
Malkin had a breakaway out of nowhere, but Andrej Meszaros made a solid play to crush the scoring chance.
Malkin goes flying into Swiss Miss.
As the third started crawling to the halfway point, you could tell the Pens were content with playing their trap.
The forecheck wasn't there like it was earlier in the game.
All anyone could do is look at the clock and wish it had less time.
Later, what were you fearing all period finally came to fruition.
Lance Bass puts home some trash to tie it up.
And then it was time buckle up.
And it became apparent that the refs were gonna let these guys play.
And it looked like they were gonna let players slash Malkin at will.
Hearts stopped when we lost the feed, and also when Letang looked like he jobbed Shean Donovan.
Shean Donovan is poised to Gary Valk us.
His line was spectacular in the third period.
USS and some joke went off for roughing, and it was 4-on-4 action.
And it was some good hockey.
The last 5 minutes of this game took roughly a year.
You were mentally preparing yourself for a 4-OT game.
But then....it happened.
With less than two minutes to play, Martin La-Joke makes a lazy attempt to lift Ruutu's stick.
He hits him in the eye.
Didn't it happen at center ice?
This looks like it's near the Pens net.
Someone messed up on their Yahoo caption.
When the teams lined up for that faceoff, if you weren't standing up in your living room or wherever you were, then you're not gonna make it through the NHL playoffs.
After a battle for the loose puck off the faceoff, the Pens came out with it.
It went to the front, where Hossa got a weak shot off.
The rebound came to a perfectly placed Ryan Malone...
As he goes behind the net, you see he's gonna go for the wraparound.
You see that side of the net wide-open.
The human brain processed all of that in a millisecond, and you unclenched your fists in anticipation of high-fiving a total stranger.
This picture says anything we could hope to say.
You could look at it for hours.
*Welcome to the playoffs kid.
It was pure bedlam in the Mellon.
The puck was dropped following the goal, and the Pens' relentless forecheck denied the Sens' chances to pull Gerber early.
A scary icing call set the scene for the end.
The Sens didn't even get a shot off.
Hossa got the puck in the neutral zone and jobbed it over to Malone.
From way downtown. 5-3.
The only thing missing is the "Jurassic Park" theme playing as you're leaving the Arena.
- Kris Letang is playing unreal.
- Don't feel guilty if you're a little more excited when Malkin carries it, as opposed to Bing.
- These first two games, the Pens are backchecking and stealing pucks like nobody's business.
- Pens lose this game, Amber Alert goes out for Hossa. But he still had a few points......
- You'd hate to be Martin Lapointe right now
- Martin Gerber was the reason the Senators even existed in this game. Unreal performance.
- Volchenkov =Beast
Senators head coach Bryan Murray had no issue with the high-stick call on Lapointe but was wondering where the balance was in the officiating.
"I'm not sure why there was no penalty on (Shean) Donovan's breakaway," said Murray, referring to when his player got hauled down earlier in the third period. "ThenChris Neil gets cross-checked in front of our net (by Malone) and again no call. Yes I'm disappointed."Did he not see the slashes on Malkin and trips and holds and hooks?
All the anti-Penguinites are gonna come out of the woodwork
and say referees are favoring the Pens 'cause the NHL wants Sid to win the Cup.
These are the people who don't watch the games or they are upset that their team lost.
Tell Martin Lapointe not to high-stick an opponent who wasn't even a scoring threat.
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