Thursday, April 22, 2010
Penguins Playoff Game Day 5 - Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa Senators
After the Penguins lost game one there were more than a few people that were ready to jump off the bridge and said that the Penguins should just brush off the golf clubs now because that was it. They played a bad game, were dominated for great stretches of play and just didn't have it.
Oh how times have changed. The Penguins flipped that switch and since that 5-4 loss the Penguins have played very good defensive hockey while also being able to lite up starting goaltender Brian Elliot to give the Penguins a 3-1 series lead headed into the Mellon Arena tonight.
Now, Mr. Elliot will not be in the lineup tonight, his head is still ringing from the four goals on 19 shots that the Penguins poured on him Tuesday night. Pascal Leclaire will start for the Sens tonight, good thing he gave up three goals on 20 shots. Oh my.
TK is going to be out of the lineup tonight with a "lower body" injury and Ruslan Fedotenko will be in the lineup and skating on the third line with Staal and Cooke. Seth from Empty Netters give us a look at the line combinations:
Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Bill Guerin
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Evgeni Malkin-Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp-Max Talbot-Craig Adams
Nick Foligno-Jason Spezza-Peter Regin
Mike Fisher-Matt Cullen-Daniel Alfredsson
Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Chris Neil
Shean Donavan-Zack Smith-Jesse Winchester
I honestly can't see the Senators winning this game in front of the Whiteout crowd at Mellon Arena.
I hate Chris Neil more than any hockey player. Even more than AO. What a douchebag. There was nothing better on Tuesday night than seeing this picture:
Geno had this to say about that moment: "He (Neil) yelled something, I didn't understnad it. I think it was something bad. Don't think he congratulated me."
Neil is a joke.
Since this could be the last game ever for the Senators in the 2009-10 season I have to play this: