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PENS WIN. But at what Price?

 
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The Penguins have broken some pretty good goalies in the recent playoff runs.
It took them about 45 or so minutes to break Jaroslav Halak in Game One.
 
Halak was eventually pulled midway through the third period for Carey Price.
And the Pens went on to win 6-3.
 
The powerplay came alive.
If Mike Yeo had a blog, he would be posting a big picture of his sac.
 
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The Pens had four powerplay goals.
Craig Adams scored a huge goal of his own.
Crosby and Malkin had 0 of the Pens' 6 goals.
A lot of great things to talk about coming out of this game.
 
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Except for this.
 
Staal was injured in the second period when he collided with Montreal's P.K. Subban.
No real indication of the severity of the injury, and that's to be expected.
Disco said the injury is "undisclosed." Staal has played 358 straight games.
 
But there is nothing anyone can do about that.
An injury is just another hurdle.
 
So the Habs looked tired.
That was also to be expected.
 
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And they get no favors from life, as they have to turn around and play an afternoon game on Sunday.
When you consider how the Pens played in this one, along with Montreal trying to regroup in time for Sunday…
 
No sympathy for the Habs not having a rest between the rounds.
Maybe they should've started playing in the Caps series before Game 5.
Like 800 pictures after the jump.
 
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Fiddy14, rns, Erin U.,
Matt S., Sockar101, Kevin P,
Ted G., Adam V., Ellen,
danny v., StephenDedalus
 
A great panaromic anthem pic by Hand of Godard.
Current banner pic can be found here. (Dylan)
 
first
 
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As soon as Bill McCreary's moustache appeared, it was go time.
It was the typical feel-out mode for the early moments.
Forgot how much we missed the Hal Gill subtle interference play.
 
And then P.K Subban announced his arrival.
He got a shot through eight million people. MAF never saw it.
 
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1-0.
Of if MAF did, he just decided not to stop it.
 
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But it wouldn't last for long.
Pens had to kill a Malkin penalty in there somewhere.
 
Then Brian Gionta was called for a penalty when he jobbed Geno.
Pens set up shop on the pppppppppppooooooowwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrball
ppppppppppoooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeererrrrrrrrrrrrrplay.
 
Malkin, Letang, and Gonch take it upon themselves to tie it.
Gonch. Vintage.
Blitzes one past Halak. 1-1.
 
And then Matt Cooke officially starts the series.
He cleanly finishes his check on Andrei Markov.
 
 
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Compare this to the Pens losing Gonchar. Unfortunate for the Habs.
But the Pens would be dealt their own blow later.
 
Markov's whole life fell apart as he lay dead on the Mellon ice.
Scott Gomez acts like he is gonna do something about it.
 
No clue why you would go after someone for a clean hit.
Shows you how much Cooke is in people's heads.
 
Gomez and Moen both go to the box for the Habs.
Eaton for the Pens. Pens go on the PP.
 
The first powerplay went shit.
But then the second unit jumps onto the ice.
Jordan Staal takes a Poni pass then takes advantage of the Habs falling apart.
Schools Halak top shelf. 2-1.
 
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Someone tell that dude on the left that it's 2010.
 
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Sorry. No clue what this is about.
 
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second
 
Montreal doesn't do themselves any favors in the first minute of the second period.
They get caught for too many men.
 
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This time, it was Letang that made them pay.
 
Crosby had an equal hand in it, as well.
He makes one of two great plays that won't be in the box score.
Keeps the puck in the zone with a stick lift and board pressure.
Feeds Letang with a great pass.
 
Letang. Corner pocket. 3-1.
Halak refused to come out and take an angle.
 
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Habs get an attitude problem after that. Dominic Moore starts being annoying.
The Pens have some good shifts, but nothing was going on.
 
Talbot gets called for some penalty.
McCreary misses a blatant high stick on Crosby.
 
On the Talbot penalty kill, Staal collides with P.K. Subban.
He's obviously hurt.
 
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That girl behind the bench speaks for us all.
 
Pens eventually kill the powerplay and start taking it to the Habs.
Crosby has a big-time shift, but nothing doing. Malkin's line gets an extended shift.
 
Habs start doing some work.
They refuse to let the Pens get out of their own zone.
Jokaleri makes quick work of a pass from behind the net. 3-2.
 
To make matters worse after the goal, P.K. Subban drops some PCP and goes nuts.
Captivating.
 
But hold up. Dupes sets up a play. Then he and Matt Cooke do a give-and-go.
Puck bounces back to Dupes. The play seemingly falls apart.
 
But then you see a black flash going to the net.
Who is that son of a bitch.
It's Craig Fucking Adams.
 
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And it's a goal. 4-2.
 
Just a huge goal.
That's why Craig Adams is in the NHL and Chris Bourque works at TJ Maxx.
 
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QDOBA CONTEST.
 
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"PS-your legs look like toothpicks. Start squatting."
 
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third
 
Another period starts, and another mistake by the Habs.
Gionta shoots one over the glass.
Mike Yeo sends his unit over the bench.
 
That powerplay was downright scary. The Pens almost had like three goals.
Then Guerin keeps a puck in.
Bing finds GoGo via the Whitney Play™ for Sid's second play of the night that won't live for eternity in a box score. What a pass.
 
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5-2.
Halak couldn't get over in time 'cause his sac was dragging on the ice.
Should've been pulled after the fourth goal.
 
Coach Martin waits like 10 minutes to pull Halak. Real bizarre.
Maybe Carey Price was taking a dump.
Regardless, Carey Price waddles in; in the arena where he made his NHL debut.
 
Malkin had a breakaway, but he sees some dude jobbing his girlfriend in the stands and misses the net.
 
Then things get a little sloppy. Pens take two quick penalties.
Montreal buries their chance on the second powerplay. Gionta. 5-3.
 
The Pens regroup after the goal and dig in for the homestretch.
Montreal's batteries were depleted. Gill and Bing have some words.
 
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Jacques Martin falls asleep and forgets to pull Price. But then he does.
 
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Only for Guerin to send them home.
6-3. Game.
 
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StephenDedalus
 
 
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"Watching the game as it progressed, maybe you had the same sense as I, that the Canadiens as we know them were unrecognizable against Pittsburgh, and that the team that had so soundly undone the Capitals had….
 
…and then it hit me. The Canadiens were unrecognizable in defeating the Capitals. The perception is a little twisted….and then it double hit me, the Habs were blasted by Washington, outshot in dizzying numbers in six of seven games in the series won by a hair on Jaro's goatee." [ Habs Eyes on the Prize ]
 
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