Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Penguins 5 - Rangers 3 (Pens lead series 3-0)

I was at my writer's group meeting, so I didn't get to see any of this game, but from all accounts, it was more of the same for the Penguins. Two goals and an assist for Malkin, two assists for Crosby, 36 saves for Fleury, dominating special teams on both ends of the ice.

The Pens are 7-0 in the playoffs so far this post-season, a feat which hasn't happened since the Rangers did it in 1994 en route to winning the Cup. Montreal did it in 1989 en route to losing the Cup finals to Calgary, and the leader in the clubhouse is the 1985 Oilers who reeled off nine straight wins to start the post-season en route to winning the Cup.

Earlier in the day, Malkin was named as one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy (the NHL's MVP award). So that gives the Pens two finalists (Crosby last year, who won it) in the last two years. Right now, the only thing that could derail this bunch of talented young players is their own over-confidence.

Onward to game four and hopefully a second straight sweep.

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