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04-28-2013, 08:57 PM
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04-28-2013, 08:59 PM
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The Crosby pic looks like Orpik in the eyes. Sad times.

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1993 haunts my dreams.
Seriously, I want them to win this decisively.

9 year old me must be avenged.

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I'm not one to get overly-confident, even if something does seem like an easy win... but how can their defence possibly withstand our team? Even if Sid doesn't play the entire series. I just don't see how it's possible. Even if our goaltending and defence ***** the bed, I don't know how we won't be able to outscore them if it comes to that.

I think it'll be tight games, maybe one game gets out of hand one way or the other.... but Pens in 5.

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Love the projected lineup.

This series goes 5.5, with a Pens win of course.

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04-28-2013, 09:01 PM
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Seriously, I want them to win this decisively.

9 year old me must be avenged.
I was 6. It left a lasting impression on me.

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04-28-2013, 09:02 PM
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Very happy with this match-up. I didn't want to play Ottawa right away. I have a feeling we'll have to play them sooner or later, though. The only thing that can hurt the Pens in this series is the Isles' chemistry vis-a-vis ours. We might have early issues with them as a result, and may even drop Game 1. But I think we should win in 5, maybe 6. Hopefully, the urgency is there from the get-go. The Isles can score and have a lot of skill, including a very mobile and talented blueline. But that should ultimately be their downfall.

Our forwards need to wear their D down. The bull-in-a-china-shop mentality needs to be there every shift. Don't give them any time and space at all. Also, Brandon Sutter's line on the Moulson-Tavares-Boyes line please. At least at home, try to take Tavares out of the equation early. And be physical every chance you get with him.

Oh, and the goaltending. Fleury needs to step up, or at least just be there when we need him. Nabokov has played a TON of hockey down the stretch. Get to him early. He has to be tired. We need to make this a series where the goaltending isn't a factor. Oh, and if Fleury shows even a hint of implosion, we shouldn't hesitate to play our own grizzled vet in goal. But let's give Fleury a chance to prove himself all over again.

This should be a fun series. Classic division match-up and yes we do owe the Isles a beat-down for the past. Hopefully, Crosby will be ready to go.

Let's go Pens!

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04-28-2013, 09:03 PM
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1993 was my first heartbreak as a (very) young hockey fan. Pens in 4 hopefully.

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04-28-2013, 09:04 PM
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I'll never forget when Volek's slapper from the blueline beat Barasso in OT. I want the Isles broken.

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Also, are there any derogatory nicknames for Isles players? They have been irrelevant for so long that it doesn't come as easily to mind as for the Flyers...

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I have to think that last years playoffs is still slapping the Pens in the balls. We'll see what team shows up.

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04-28-2013, 09:07 PM
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Very experienced team vs inexperienced team. Reminds me of the first Crosby-era Pens and Sens match up.
Except the Pens team of that time actually had more natural talent than its opponents, it was just short of almost everything else.

I will say it again, there are not five players on this Isles team who make our playoff lineup. They are by far the least impressive roster making the playoffs and individually their D is easily the worst, East or West.

But they do have team speed, and if you don't match their energy, they can be a very tricky team to play, with particular strengths on the counterattack and with a usually dangerous PP.

I think we take this in four or five. There's a veritable chasm when it comes to difference in quality here.

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04-28-2013, 09:08 PM
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Defense: win Pittsburgh
Goaltending: win Pittsburgh
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I was 6. It left a lasting impression on me.
Seem here, and it changed my perspective a bit about taking things for granted.

It also led to me obliterating the Isles over and over again in NHL 93 during that summer. Pixelated David Volek may have never been the same again.

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04-28-2013, 09:09 PM
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This is the match-up I wanted. The Pens have the advantage in most areas, now they just have to match the Isles effort.

And get that PK working.

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Seem here, and it changed my perspective a bit about taking things for granted.

It also led to me obliterating the Isles over and over again in NHL 93 during that summer. Pixelated David Volek may have never been the same again.
I am glad we have hungry vets in Iggy, Murray and Morrow. That '93 team was complacent.

Ulfie has said in interviews since then, that the '93 team was like "Ok, what team do you think we will play in the Finals?" Said they totally took winning for granted after winning back to back Cups. This team doesn't have that makeup, with the acquisitions we have made.

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04-28-2013, 09:12 PM
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The Bobby Ore pic for Brian Strait = gold. Well played

Let's do this

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Yeap ride Tavares like a mule and everything else should fall into place.

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Starting my playoff beard. I'm getting pumped up.

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LOL @ the Crosby pic.

Either the Pens dispatch the Isles quickly in 4/5 or the Isles hang around and win in 7.

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Islanders fans are hilarious thinking a series against us won't be as physical as one against the big bad Bruins. They think they can punch us in the mouth, and knock us off our game. Good luck with that. They apparently didn't get the memo about the players the Pens acquired. They'll be in for a rude awakening.

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Islanders fans are hilarious thinking a series against us won't be as physical as one against the big bad Bruins.

They apparently didn't get the memo about the players the Pens acquired. They'll be in for a rude awakening.
When you read stupid comments like that just remember they are coming from the blind hardcore types trying to ignore the obvious.

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Wasn't born in 1993, so that means nothing to me. But even if I was, both of these teams have different identities than they did back then, and nothing from the past matters. Last year in the Eastern conference finals, the rangers and Devils games were being played on the same dates as they were in 1994, when the Rangers won the series and went on to the cup. Rangers fans were convinced that history would repeat itself. You know what? It didn't. They lost. So forget the past because all that anyone should care about is this series today

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Pens in 5. We are better than them in every facet of the game, could be a sweep, but I think their PP will win them one game. Hopefully Sid and Iggy click. Oh, and most importantly, I hope he plays RW, not LW...

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