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PostSubject: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyWed Apr 16, 2014 10:29 pm

So here we have game 1 in the books.

For the first 2 periods, I wasn't that impressed. Especially giving up a short-handed goal, then scoring on the same PP.

The Pens always seem to have this problem with sustained energy against physical teams and the CBJ's certainly were physical early and often.

Regardless, the Pens pulled it out with an great display of hockey in the 3rd.


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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyMon Apr 28, 2014 3:14 pm

Saturday, the Pens down 1 goal and the series tied at 2 games a piece, played their best game of the series and came out on top 3-1, and took the series lead 3 games to 2.

They certainly have the talent to beat the CBJs and should have already been done with this series. But to the CBJs credit, they have played tough hockey, sometimes borderline, but nothing crossing the line (IMO). They've done a great job of keeping Malkin and Crosby out of the net (as their continued playoff scoreless streaks).

However, I believe the Pens finally got the message and this series should end tonight.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyMon Apr 28, 2014 4:19 pm

I hope you are right Truck. I wouldn't say I'm an avid fan of the Pens but I have been watching every game religiously this series as a couple of buddies of mine and I get together for the games. It has been the tale of 2 teams with the Pens: 1. There are times they play fast and aggressive and CBJ can't even hold their jocks and 2. Where they sit back on their haunches and wait for the puck to get to them instead of being aggressive and going after it (e.g. Fluery's IDIOT play on the puck to blow the game). I don't claim to know a lot about hockey but I do know that there is a big difference between playing the puck and the man. When the Pens play the man, they hit the guy no matter if he just released the puck. If you watch, CBJ starts rushing and gets sloppy with passes. They also seem to skate a bit slower (or the Pens skate that much faster). When the Pens are playing the puck, they are waiting for CBJ to bring it deep into their zone and get a good shot.

That being said, this has been a weird series with every team essentially blowing every game. This will be a tough one playing at Columbus but how sweet it would be if the Pens could clinch in Ohio.

Let's go Pens!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyTue Apr 29, 2014 8:19 am

Whew. The Pens just about did everything possible to blow that one but they survived and are marching on!

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyTue Apr 29, 2014 11:35 am

The one consistency the Pens have had over the years is that when they get a 'comfortable' lead they sit back on it and let off the gas. The CBJs have proven that you can't do that. If the Pens expect to move past round 2, they need to play a full 60 minutes of hockey.

They have a lot to work on, and thankfully they get another round to work on these things. I just hope it's not the last round.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyTue Apr 29, 2014 12:01 pm

@stlrtruck wrote:
They have a lot to work on, and thankfully they get another round to work on these things.  I just hope it's not the last round.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyWed Apr 30, 2014 9:45 pm

now for round 2, here comes the rangers!

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyWed May 07, 2014 6:10 pm

Have taken 2 straight from the rangers, Fleury with back-2-back shut outs, and game 4 tonight in NY.

The rangers have looked tired the last two games but that might have something to do with 4 games in 7 nights. I expect a different rangers team tonight. One that is rested, energized, and threatened (as they are).

However, I expect a different Penguins team too. They have to know how desperate the rangers are going to be tonight, and in turn they have to be patient, non-retaliatory, and most important continue to make clean crisp passes, and shooting the puck.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyThu May 08, 2014 6:24 am

Game 4 in the books and the Pens put a strangle hold on the rangers going up 3-1 in the series with Game 5 at the Console Energy Center on Friday night.

Buckle Up!

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyFri May 09, 2014 10:08 pm

Tonight didn't go as expected as the rangers took it to the Pens 5-1. Didn't see the game, only the score. I'm guessing there are some significant issues that need to be worked out before Sunday's game.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyTue May 13, 2014 7:54 pm

Facing the rangers in game 7, 1 period down, 2 to go, and the rags with a 1-0 lead.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyWed May 14, 2014 7:01 am

And once again, the Pens fall short of the cup. Last night in Game 7, the rangers simply out played, out hustled, were more aggressive, and flat out had more desire to win the game than the Pens.

It was disappointing to have a 3-1 series lead and lose 3 in a row, but this team lacks aggressiveness and tenacity.

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PostSubject: Re: PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014)   PENS push for Lord Stanley's Cup (2014) EmptyWed May 14, 2014 8:33 am

That was a tough game to watch. I had a sinking pit feeling in my stomach when it was over. Gotta hand it to the Rangers goalie though. He stopped some tough shots and the Pens had plenty of opportunities.

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