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4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:43 pm

Preamble

Good evening and welcome back to the postseason. I'm getting fired up as per tradition with Enter Sandman. After a long slog through the regular season the Pens have finally reached a point to where the games and results matter. The Pens had their 2nd best regular season in history this year and seemingly impressed nobody. The Pens battled injury and boredom most of the year, yet both of those issues should be gone. With Letang and Martin back and Malkin practicing today it looks like we can finally say the battle station is fully armed and operational. Even beyond that, Crosby has said this is the best he has felt in years. That should make people 3% less pessimistic. Let's hope Fleury can wait until the 2nd shot he faces to give up a goal tonight. At this point the past failures of this team are known and have been hashed, rehashed, and hashed some more. The road to redemption starts tonight. The talent is there to win another Cup. They just need to keep their heads and possibly frame Adams and Scuderi for a homicide so they'll be taken out of the lineup. This team has battled injuries and adversity all season. We know they can do it and there's no reason for them to go mental once the calendar hits April.

The opponent this series is the Columbus Blue Jackets, who managed to make the playoffs for the 2nd time in their franchise's history. #Lumbus fans have been unusually mouthy for a team that's never won a single postseason game in its history and has been smacked around recently by the Pens. They risk crossing the line from cute, plucky opponent to annoying fanbase desperate for a rivalry that doesn't exist. That's not a line you ever want to cross. Due to scheduling quirks their star goalie Bobrovsky only played 23 minutes in the 5 Pens/CBJ games. Despite their history this is a dangerous team in the postseason. They have no pressure on them and are playing with house money at this point. That's a scary thing.

With the next game not until Saturday there's going to be a lot of hyper-analysis after tonight no matter what the result. Whaddya say we go out and beat these guys like a drum as to not have to deal with "ANOTHER PENS CHOKE" articles on the internet and here. As a fellow midget once said, those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby malksby8771 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:47 pm

Buckle up, baby. You kiddin me???
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby slappybrown on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:49 pm

Let us go Pens
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby offsides on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:52 pm

Pens got this. Good warm-up for the tuff guys and second round. Stay healthy, dominate the BJs and rest up for round two.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby MarioLives on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:52 pm

Bubble guts have arrived.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby slipshod on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:53 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (Unofficial)
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Headshot77 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:55 pm

LETS GO PENS
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby penny lane on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:58 pm

Who wears the cape?

Kick butt & have fun~
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby malksby8771 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:59 pm

Big test in game 1. All eyes on Fleury. 14-16 since 2009? Damn. He'll rebound today and get the W. I still have (some) confidence in him.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby iWonTheCup87 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:02 pm

LETS GO PENS!!!!!
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:02 pm

Don't fail me, Rocco.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:04 pm

Let us go Penguins Hockey Club of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Power Play (PHCPPPP).
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Geezer on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:08 pm

Have the expanded playoff rosters kicked in yet?
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Geezer on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:10 pm

Pre Game Stan just said the outdoor screen is set up at the old mellon arena site
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Malkamaniac on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:10 pm

Let's just make this a quick series
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Gaucho on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:11 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!

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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby penny lane on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:13 pm

With Evgeni and J Vitale in the warm-up; the band is back. :D

Dear Pens, give them no air to breathe!
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Cedar Penn on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:13 pm

Pens will WIN!!!
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Postby sharpshootr55 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:16 pm

LET'S GO PENS
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby luv66 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:17 pm

LET'S GO PENS !
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Gaucho on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:20 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:21 pm

Image
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Gaucho on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:21 pm

Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett
Jokinen-Malkin-Neal
Glass-Sutter-Stempniak
Gibbons-Vitale-Adams

Orpik-Martin
Maatta-Niskanen
Scuderi-Letang

Fleury
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Rocco on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:21 pm

Malkin back on the 2nd line with Neal and Jokinen, as God intended.
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Re: 4/16/2014 Blue Jackets vs. Penguins- Official Game Threa

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:22 pm

zOMG Adams?!?!

I like that line-up.
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