Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Nothing clever needs to be said here.
Everyone knows the count.

Games like this one serve as a stark reminder of how the journey to Lord Stanley's Cup is the toughest road in team sports.

When Tom Clancy writes his next book, it will be based on the second period of this game.

The old Penguins captain, Double J, tying the game with his 75th career playoff goal for the Rangers.
The young Evgeni Malkin winning the game with his 5th career playoff goal.

The Penguins are a win away from the Eastern Conference finals.
But the Rangers ain't dead yet.


[Jschiff]

Do it.

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[ Andrew P. ]


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The Pens third unit started off the game.
It was looked like TK could have got a holding call, but the Pens got a break.

Now, if we'd come out and guarantee that we'd finish typing this sentence, our power would go out or the entire internet would shut down.

But when it comes to Hossa, we don't even know.
It wasn't "the kind of goal we all envisioned back in February," but we'll take it.

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1-0.
The Pens capitalize on an early Ranger turnover.

But you have to give it to the Rangers.
They were not deterred.

They generated their best chances of the series after quickly regrouping from that early balltap.
Straka somehow missed the net, probably because he saw a weight machine in the stands.


Later, Marian Hossa takes a dive on a Jagr hook.
Yes, that was a dive, Rangers fans. It was a solid try by Hossa to embellish the call.
Jagr flips out. Most passion he has shown since the craps table at Atlantic City back in 2000.


[Zach]

4-on-4 blog.


All this Staal vs. Staal crap we've heard about the last couple years.

Finally, it meant something.
Marc Staal annihilates Jordan along the boards.

It was back-and-forth hockey when the penalties expired.
Straka missed the net again because he thought he heard a dumbell, and then Sykora and Malkin almost connected.
But it was Malkin's turn to miss the wide-open net.

By halfway through the first, it was obvious that the Rangers were bringing the kitchen sink to the Penguins net.


An odd-man break for the Rangers brought a big clusterjoke.
Never mind Jagr being all over MAF. The issue was whether the puck crossed the line.
And it counted.

1-1.

They almost forgot what it was like to score a goal.

After some jobbing, a reminder of what playoff hockey is about came with about 3:30 left in the first.

And it all started with many a Pens fan saying, "Where's Malone?! Why's BGL out there?!"
And the answer came in beautiful fashion.

BGL goes out to talk to his secretary.

2-1.

Flashbackblog:

6:14 pm --Talk-show host Mark Madden blasts BGL up and down the radio waves.
"Therrien doesn't know what he is doing," he shouts.
"BGL didn't even beat up Avery after he cheap-shotted MAF at the end of game 2," he proclaims.

[Even though Avery was clearly on the ground already,
and why would you take a cheap shot anyway???]

"BGL should sit," he says. "BGL isn't good for the team. All he does is fight."
"The team doesn't like him." Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah

Mark Madden -- 0 goals in these playoffs.
BGL -- 1

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
done

"Okay, let's get out of the first period with the lead."
That thought became even nicer when the USS Hal Gill gets struck with a long-range missile.
Four-minute power play on the way.

And BOOOOOM. Malkin with the laser one-timer.


3-1.

And then the second part of the Pens power play commenced.

A sign of the Rangers losing their will to live came during a Malkin dump on the second PP.
Nobody cared as Malone retrieved it on the boards.

Whatev. Period.

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Both Lundqvist and Fleury had to survive some quick storms early in the second.
The Rangers were desperate as balls.

The Rags were gonna get their chance to crawl back into the game, as Sykora headed to the box.

When Scoods cleared the puck during the PK, did Bob Errey say "that was a job by Scuderi"?
If so, hell yeah.

An icing call against the Rangers during their PP brought out the boo birds.
The Rags were saved by MSG playing the Ramones for the 80th time of the game.

Things got more interesting when Pascal Dupuis saved a great scoring chance by jobbing Jagr.
42 seconds of a 5-on-3 on the way.

That 5-on-3 went out the window fast.
Jordan Staal was unreal with some clears.

But another 5-on-3 kill was on the way, this time for 33 seconds.
That PP turned into a M*A*S*H unit.
Scuderi was down. Talbot was down and out after putting his life on the line.

Chris Drury got hurt in the dumbest way possible.
He actually got hurt celebrating the goal early.

Video Evidence:


Drury waiting for the pass:



Drury getting a shot:



Drury putting his hands up in the air:


Drury hurt:


Need more proof? NHL.com has the [ highlights ]
That is really sad.


There was a skirmish around the Pens net.
Hal Gill brought it into port, dropped anchor, and kept it out of there.

As the time expired on the Penguins penalties, the boos came raining down when Crosby carried the puck through the neu--
Oh, wait, it was the Rangers fans booing their own team.
That sucks.


[ Michelle McG ]

Crosby did, in fact, carry the puck up the ice later in the period, but nobody cared.
Such hapless fans.

And just as this series looked over and done with, the Rangers get a big one on the board.
Tommy Callahan gets on past MAF. 3-2.

They weren't done yet.
Jagr, who had been on acid all game long, finally puts one home.

3-3.

What a horrible feeling.
It was an incendiary situation, code red.

The Pens started the period killing off penalties and just couldn't get back into the groove of things.
Lord Therrien settled the troops after the JJ goal with a good timeout.

The Rangers were all business at the tail end of the period, hitting posts, getting solid shots.
The Pens were on the ropes.

It was like watching your girlfriend/boyfriend cheat you on, your house burning down, finding out your dad is Roger Clemens, and having cybersex with Dear Abby all in the same hour.

Another Rangers goal was inevitable.

But that's when the series became clearer.
Wyatt Earp checks Sykora from behind at the end of the shift.


The stupidest penalty in the history of the Rangers franchise.

The Penguins' top guns, who hadn't even sniffed the Rangers zone all period while penalties were being killed and the Rags were taking momentum, jumped onto the ice pissed as shit.

And the Rangers were tired. They got a couple clears.
The Pens eventual goal all goes back to Malkin keeping the puck in the zone with an unreal effort.

The trigger was Malkin at the left point. It was coming.
But it wasn't even on a one-timer.
He just lined up like a penalty shot on Blades of Steel. PING.


[Will Smith]
4-3.

And that was it for the second.

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The series came down to this third period. Everyone knew it.
After the first minute, you start looking at the clock, hoping it will go faster.

As you're browsing Cblog comments, Ryan Malone redirects one past the Queen.

5-3.

After some jobbing, Dupuis was headed to the box for something.
Whatev.

But that power play brought us this gem:


[Credit goes to John for posting that on YouTube]


That PK was the first of probably a couple moments during this third period that made you say, "This is the series."
Jordan Staal continued his PK dominance. Killed.

The Pens were headed back on the PK when Adam Hall jobs Sjostrom.
What a dive.
"This is the series."
It was killed.


Steiggy drops a couple USS Hal Gill references while Gill sends off cruise missiles.
If this is in fact the last hurrah for FSN this season, solid job, boys.


[Trevin S]

After a bizarro non-icing call, Father Time pulled into Penn Station and made his way up to the Garden.
Jagr seemed to be the only Ranger playing.
He tries to put a few shots on net. But it gets shut down.

This guy kills himself:

[ Thanks to Willowtip for the pic of Jacques Cousteau's gay brother.
Must have been fun walking home wearing the scuba gear. ]


As time gets to under three minutes, the Pens just start dumping and getting to the bench.
MSG is slient as the Rangers call a timeout.
There is still time, but that is needless worry.
The Rangers try to job out of frustration.
No dice.



Game


Us against the world on Thursday.


MISCELLANEOUS
  • The refs did a good job tonight.
  • Double J was out of his mind.
  • Marty Straka is annoying.
  • Chris Drury = What a playoff performer.
  • Jordan Staal. Good God was a force.
  • Funny how the Pens have home-ice advantage, and then go on the road where there are faster ice surfaces that complement their team speed.
  • Did Ranger fans know it was a playoff game?
  • Who is number 14 for the Rangers? Did he play tonight?
  • Where was Avery? Pathetic. What a sideshow.
  • Earl Mann should be narrating Commentorblog. Unreal display.
  • Have to finish the job on Thursday.
  • Hossa.

Go Pens

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


[ Wilsmith ]



7:00

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[ Nate B. ] -------------------- [ Pav ]
Do you hear that rumbling? That's a Photoshop Expo on the way.

Here we go.
We find out tonight whether this is a series or a speedbump.

It's a Game 7 for the Rangers.
Steve Avery will feel at home in MSG.
The Rangers will come out smokin'.

And as many astute Pens fans have already said,
the Rangers may be a little desperate and want to come out with guns blazing in front of the MSG crowd.

It'll be up to the Pens to stick to their own gameplan
and take advantage of the mistakes, because the opportunities will be there.

And let's not forget:



The return of Steiggy, Errey, and Potash.
Maybe their swan song for the 2007-08 season.

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Here are links where displaced Pens fans can watch games online.
[ Credit goes to the community that is C-blog ]

We've actually lucked out for this playoff series.
A dependable outlet to see a game is at [ Justin.tv/Rags2Riches ]

He is a Rangers fan, and it's already guaranteed that the game will be there tonight.
There is a live chat during the game right beside the embedded video.
As mentioned in Cblog, don't do anything that will get you banned.

Other sources:

[ ChannelSurfing.net ] -- Very highly regarded

[ MyP2P ]
[ Sports Talk World ]
[ Yahoo NHL ]
[ Hockey Webcasts ]




[ Pensblog Chatblog ]


[ PensUnderground Chat ]

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[ Ian ]

:: Gary Roberts is a healthy scratch. [ PG ]
It's unbelievable that we're saying this, but we're indifferent on the matter.
Adam Hall has been winning some huge faceoffs, killing penalties, and hitting 3-pointers.

:: Will Avery pay for slashing Bing?
"I'm working on that right now." -- Therrien [ Trib ]

:: Henrik Lundqvist: "The pressure is all on the Pens." [ PG ]
What

:: Geno Malkin is an MVP Finalist. [ PG ]

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Check out this bag of pubes:


This is Mike Ozanian.
Never heard of him? Join the club.

If the smugness permeating from that picture isn't enough to make you punch yourself,
he spewed an unreal amount of garbage on the Forbes.com webshite.

We had to post the entire article because it is just too great.

Who is the greatest diver of all-time? Greg Louganis? Any member of Italy’s last World Cup soccer team? My vote goes to Sidney Crosby, the young superstar of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has tallied 294 points in his first 213 National Hockey League games. He flops, he falls, he scores! Crosby, who is an awesome skater, playmaker and shooter, might be the most complete player in the league. But, amazingly, the 21 year old loses all sense of coordination any time an opposing player gets within five feet of him.

Crosby’s dive in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers when Martin Straka barely touched him would have him a unanimous 10 in the Olympics. It had great timing (only minutes remained in regulation) and was choreographed beautifully (eloquent head first slide). On television the hockey pundits were quick to point out that, technically, Straka did interfere with Crosby. PLEASE! I know the NHL is desperately seeking its next Gretzkey. But does the Versus network actually believe its coverage does not lose credibility when former hockey players Brian Engblom and Keith Jones ignore reality? Since when are playoff games decided by acting ability?

The only analyst who got this call right was MSG analyst Stan Fischler, who has never been one to be intimidated by the league’s political correctness squad. Fischler correctly pointed out that for greatly embellishing the supposed foul Crosby should have been giving two minutes for diving—even if Straka did commit interference.

When the referees do not call the other team for being in the same area of the ice as Crosby, Mr. Penguin whines like a 12 year girl old shut out of a Hannah Montana concert. Up next: a guest appearance on Oprah. Shame on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for allowing this sham to ruin the game and, if the center iceman’s academy award winning performances continue, Crosby’s legacy.


If you were counting factual errors, your abacus probably broke.
The dude can't even spell GRETZKY.
Jesus.

[ He has comments ]
Thanks to Brian C. for that link.

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:: DVE Morning Show unveiled some more musical greatness about the Rags.
[ DVE MORNING SHOW ]

:: Another clandestine shot of the FREE CANDY van on CMU Campus.


[ Sean G. ]

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Do it

We approached Hacksaw early on Tuesday morning and asked him if he was ready to go.
He adamantly refused to get the nod.

" I WANT GAME FOUR, DICKS "


If you're at all concerned with this pick,
find solace in the fact that we're headed into New York City.

And Mr. Dufresne is no stranger to crawling through rivers of shit.

GO PENS

We're starting this off the only way we know how.

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Not only will he score. He will BURY it.
The kind of goal we all envisioned back in February.

GUARANTEED

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Signblog

First things first sort of.
Last year, long-time C-blog member [Adrienne A] got some nice pictures in MSG.


We had to edit the picture, because Charlie was worried about little kids seeing it.
But click [here] to see it.




[Ben] found a nice sign in the crowd outside the Mellon.
Once again Charlie [ edited ]

A more family-oriented sign.
[Phil and Tom Quinn] spotted this in South Park.


[ Matt C. AKA BlackNGold66] snapped this pic up in Cleveland on Monday:




We are all for these KISS signs,
although we've never been too crazy about the question mark.


[ Thanks to Tom and Phil Q. again with the pic ]

Dedicationblog

[Thanks to JKS]

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All quiet on the Penguins Front

:: [ Taking One For The Team ] takes a look at the series.

:: According to [ WhoWins.com ],
teams in the Penguins current position have won 90% of their series.

:: The Pens didn't win in MSG this year. Blah blah blah. [ PG ]

:: Solid Article on Scuds. [ NHL.com ]


[Hutch]----------------[Marcie W]


:: The Rangers have to win. [ Yahoo ]

:: JJ/Crosby Aftermath [ TSN ]

:: A PSA for the Rangers. [ The Confluence ]

::MAF ain't no sucka. [ London Free Press ]


[Michelle]

Sick.

:: Remember this Shanahan crap from Game 2?


The Pens were told the goal would have been disallowed if one went in.
[ Globe and Mail ]

:: Sabu takes home the win over at [ NHLToL ]



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Last year, we got panned when we made fun of Marty Straka.
But a year older, a year less wiser.

Being that Straka has turned into a big baby,
it is worth bringing up what our joke about what the weight machine is about.

Don't let Milan Kraft be your spotter. [ PG 2002 ]

The workout, Kraft said, placed an emphasis on exercises to increase leg strength, and had been proceeding normally.

"We were doing the squat, our third or fourth exercise that day," he said. "We were supposed to do eight squats with 300 pounds. Marty did two, and then, on the third one, he went down and was on the way back [to an erect position] when the machine moved and he couldn't hook the bar up."

That sent the bar, which was supporting 300 pounds, slamming off Straka's back.

Luckily, to illustrate what happen, we have a [Jschiff] joint.





Photoshops like that are why we run a blog.

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[ CuseAdelphia ]
[ Four Habs Fans ]

Carey Price let in some more weak goals and was eventually pulled.
Bad times up in Montreal.


[Kraftster]

A few in Cblog said it was gonna take a miracle
for the Habs to erase a 3-0 deficit going into the third.

And it was looking like the miracle was gonna come in the form
of a boneheaded 5-minute boarding penalty on Derian Hatcher.


The Habs capitalized twice on the major penalty, but couldn't finish it off.
Flyers take the 2-1 series lead as Martin Biron has been on acid.

Flyer fans booed the the Canadian anthem.

We're usually against that.
But it was warranted, under the pretense that many fans may had seen this:



Props to [ Fanhouse ] for that video.

[The700level] has more info on the incident.


The Stars are taking a 2-0 series lead back to Dallas.
Dallas is playing unreal hockey.
[ TheShootout ]

Sharks fans go to the way of the prayer. [ WeBleedTeal ]

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Speaking of playing unreal hockey, the Pens have been doing just that.

And [ pensfan100 ] knows why.




The bastard pigeon has been the primary crest or on the shoulders
since the Pens won their cup in 1992.



They finished that playoff season on an 11-game winning streak.

Fast-forward blog to 2007-08.
The new RBK Edge uniforms mark the end of the pigeon.

Pens = 6-0 in the playoffs.

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ON ANOTHER CBLOG NOTE

The all-time record for comments USED TO BE gameday post is 278.
[ GameDay (80) -- Pens @ Rangers ]

That all changed with 365 comments in the most recent post,

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Do it

Go Pens

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