Penguins Lead Series 3-2
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Know the Enemy:
It's been a rough couple of days for Penguins fans.
With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 3-2 lead over the Ottawa Senators.
They had pushed them to the brink.
A series victory was in their sights.
But they couldn't push them off.
Two-and-a-half overtimes later, the Ottawa Senators were celebrating on Igloo ice.
They had new life.
They had momentum.
It's easy to feel down about the situation.
But remember this:
Last year the Pittsburgh Penguins won every playoff series on the road.
They walked into Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina and Detroit and ended those teams seasons.
The Penguins had the opportunity to eliminated Philadelphia and Washington at home.
They couldn't do it then, but they bounced back the next game.
Then remember this:
The Penguins are 2-0 in Ottawa this postseason.
They have outscored the Senators 11-6 in Scotiabank Place.
Plus, this was the scene the last time the Penguins played an elimination game in Ottawa:
Momentum means nothing.
Talent and heart mean everything.
The Pittsburgh Penguins definitely have the talent.
If they have the heart and the desire and the killer instict required, this series ends tonight.
If they don't, we'll end up back in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
And no one wearing black and gold wants that.
Proposed Senators line combinations:
– Jason Spezza
– Daniel Alfredsson
Matt Cullen – Mike Fisher – Nick Foligno
– Chris Kelly – Chris Neil
Jesse Winchester – Zack Smith – Shean
Chris Phillips – Anton Volchenkov
Andy Sutton – Erik Karlsson
Chris Campoli – Matt Carkner
The Penguins haven't announced whether Tyler Kennedy will play tonight.
Proposed Penguins line combinations:
– Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
– Evgeni Malkin
– Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal
– Chris Conner/Tyler Kennedy
– Max Talbot – Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik – Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton – Alex Goligoski
Jay McKee – Kris Letang
Sid is a beast.
"Get busy living, or get busy dying."