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Somehow, they always manage to make things difficult for the Pens.
And it’s not like the Penguins haven’t been trying to get the upper hand.
Twice this year the Pens needed more than 60 minutes to defeat the Panthers, despite firing over 40 shots in each game.
And they’ve even tried some more unorthodox techniques in the past.
They signed Tom Fitzgerald to the team’s staff, almost solely to prevent game seven loses like that one in ’96.
There’s even a rumor going around that Burkle and Mario paid Keith Ballard to hit Tomas Vokoun in the head.
Or maybe not.
But somehow the Panthers keep making things difficult.
Pascal Dupuis – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Mike Rupp – Evgeni Malkin – Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Max Talbot – Craig Adams – Eric Godard
Brooks Orpik – Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton – Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski – Jay McKee
Chris Kunitz is a game-time decision as well.
Brent Johnson’s helmet to go with the blue jerseys, which the Pens are wearing tonight:
Better than the Steelers?