With the Rangers blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Washington Capitals and New Jersey giving up 2 goals in the final 80 seconds to Carolina, The Pens with take on the The Capitals. One Rival to the next. The Series starts Saturday at 1:00 in enemy territory.
This is the match up that Mr. Bettman was dreaming of I'm sure. Crosby VS. Ovechkin, MVP vs MVP. Ovechkin VS Malkin, Semin VS. Crosby, not to mention Varlamov playing out of his mind. Shutting down the Rangers is a little different than shutting down the Pens though. We need to get to him early and often and he will be letting in beach balls by the end of the series.
I will keep my predictions to myself for now but according to the HF poll the pens in 6 is the most popular answer. I can't even imagine how this thing will turn out, but one thing is for sure, this will be the best series in a while. Two teams with a potent offense, fast skating, wicked shooting, tape to tape passing, does it matter that the Caps went 7 games in round one and the Pens only had to go 6? I doubt, if anything the Pens maybe a bit rusty with an entire week off. That should leave as soon as Kunitz puts Ovie over the boards, and Orpik puts the fear of god into Semin. One thing we dont have to worry about is Brashear, suspended for 5 more games for being a goon. As soon as his suspension was announced Philly put him on there wishlist for free agency time.