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    Default Re: PLAYOFFS R2 G5 : Penguins vs. Canadiens : 05.08.10

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are learning what the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin discovered in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Playing the Montreal Canadiens isn't nearly as easy as it looks.

    The Canadiens were an average team during the season, finishing 16th in the overall standings and sneaking into the playoffs with a point gained from an overtime loss. If any team figured to exit the playoffs quickly and without making much noise, it was them.

    Instead, they came back from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals -- winning twice in Washington. They've also repeatedly frustrated the Penguins' Crosby and Malkin while earning a 2-all tie in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Game 5 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins have lost three of five during the postseason.

    The Penguins, coming off a 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Thursday, are certain they know why Crosby doesn't have a goal and Malkin has only one. The trouble, as Washington found out, is doing something about it.

    "They almost let you play in their end but they keep it tight," Penguins forward Jordan Staal said Friday. "They get in front of shots and have a lot of bodies in front, which makes it tough to get rebounds. It's not going to be easy to score goals."

    Led by goalie Jaroslav Halak, the Canadiens are taking away what the Penguins do best. They're eliminating odd-man rushes, permitting few rebound attempts and forcing the Penguins to work for every shot.

    Halak has turned aside 94 of 98 shots the last three games, including the final 32 in Game 4.

    "It's not just Sid," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We need to get better in certain areas to get more opportunities. We need to get focused on getting second-chance opportunities."

    Bill Guerin, perhaps the most skilled Penguins player at getting to the net, practiced Friday after missing both games in Montreal because of an undisclosed injury. No doubt Crosby would welcome him back.

    Much like he saw defensemen Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips nearly every shift in the opening round against Ottawa, Crosby is regularly opposing 6-foot-7 defenseman Hal Gill and partner Josh Gorges. Gill, who played for Pittsburgh last season, blocked eight shots in Game 4.

    "It's a big challenge to play against those elite players night after night," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said of Crosby and Malkin. "It's not an individual -- it's a team effort and you've just got to keep working at it."

    Crosby took five shots Thursday but has been limited to eight in the series. He's yet to take over a game like he did repeatedly in the Ottawa series, when he had five goals and nine assists in six games.

    "But I wouldn't change anything out there," Crosby said.

    Crosby has failed to score a goal in only one previous playoff series, a five-game elimination of the Rangers two years ago.

    "It can be frustrating for any player, especially one of his caliber," Staal said. "It's never a lack of effort. ... It's the playoffs and it's tough to score."

    Pittsburgh has been outscored 6-5 since winning by three goals in Game 1. Still, Canadiens forward Scott Gomez is certain the Penguins aren't nervous because the series is proving to be tighter and tougher than anticipated.

    "No, they're not rattled at all," Gomez said. "Teams like that, they're a long way from being rattled."

    Martin is expecting a big push from the Penguins to create more of an up-and-down game, like they did while winning 6-3 in Game 1.

    "You look at the history of those individuals, we've got to be prepared to raise our level of intensity, raise our level of execution," Martin said.

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    Default Re: PLAYOFFS R2 G5 : Penguins vs. Canadiens : 05.08.10

    OK, I'll say it!...

    This game is a "must win" game for the Penguins!!!

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    OK, I'll say it!...

    This game is a "must win" game for the Penguins!!!
    Very much agreed... We gotta find a way to keep the momentum going, and pressure on, for the entire game. Pressure Halak for 60 minutes, and hope Fleury plays one of his better games.

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    Default Re: PLAYOFFS R2 G5 : Penguins vs. Canadiens : 05.08.10

    Definitely a must win game.. and I hope they finally get some ****in traffic infront of Havnot, and consistant GOOD play by MAF.

    LETS GO PENS!!!! LETS GO PENS!!! LETS GO PENS!!!!

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    Default Re: PLAYOFFS R2 G5 : Penguins vs. Canadiens : 05.08.10

    We need a win. I hope the boys come out flying and we get an early lead. We need SID and GENO to have a good game!

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    This and only playin 40 of 60 minutes are the 2 BIGGEST reasons I think this series is 2-2

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    This and only playin 40 of 60 minutes are the 2 BIGGEST reasons I think this series is 2-2
    Yea... Like someone said over in another thread, if MAF was playing the way he did last season, we'd be up 3-1 at least...

    ... We'll only go as far as his performance will allow, so the boy better get hot....

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    Yea... Like someone said over in another thread, if MAF was playing the way he did last season, we'd be up 3-1 at least...

    ... We'll only go as far as his performance will allow, so the boy better get hot....
    I wouldn't even say he has to be HOT per say, but CONSISTANT would be better.... that first goal the last game was a horrific goal to let in. If he would save 75% of the softies he let in, I dont even think it would be a 2-2 series.

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    Default Re: PLAYOFFS R2 G5 : Penguins vs. Canadiens : 05.08.10

    Not only does Fleury need to play a consistent game with no softies allowed tonight, but this team needs to put a 60 minute game together tonight! They can't afford to have any 5 or 10 minute lapses again tonight or we may end up seeing a repeat result from game 4.

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    Not only does Fleury need to play a consistent game with no softies allowed tonight, but this team needs to put a 60 minute game together tonight! They can't afford to have any 5 or 10 minute lapses again tonight or we may end up seeing a repeat result from game 4.
    more like 20 or 25 minute lapses... but I agree 100%

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    Yea... Like someone said over in another thread, if MAF was playing the way he did last season, we'd be up 3-1 at least...

    ... We'll only go as far as his performance will allow, so the boy better get hot....

    That would have been Me BOSS !!! And Consistent/Competent means not giving up Charmin soft goals !!!!!. LETS GO PENS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

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    Just WIN!

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    We need CookeEE monster to win us another one!!!

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