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Game Day Poop: Penguins vs Capitals Game 5 – May 9, 2009

It took a while after the long layoff for the Penguins to get back into the groove, but they are in a groove now. With last nights 5-3 win the Penguins have evened the series at 2-2 but still have to win at least one game in Washington to win the series overall.

The Penguins have taken major offense to Ovechkin purposely trying to injure Sergei Gonchar and succeeding. Here are a few quotes:

Ruslan Fedontenko: “He’s trying to hurt, obviously, we can play that game, too. I think the league should step up before it gets ugly.”

Brooks Orpik: “He goes out there to hurt players, that’s three games in a row, to us, he’s out there trying to hurt guys, everyone likes to play physical in the playoffs, when you get the feeling guys are trying to hurt guys, hopefully it gets dealt with.”

Ovechkin: “Yeah, it probably was knee on knee”

Ovechkin has never been suspended by the NHL before even though many teams have asked for him to be because of hits were he intended to injure. He has been suspended for one game in the World Hockey Championships for a hit the World Hockey Association deemed intent to injure to the head of a Swiss player 2 years ago. The World Hockey Association is obviously concerned about their players unlike the NHL who only cares about TV revenue.

VERSUS had the highest rated NHL Game In Seven Years with game 2 of the Pittsburgh / Washington series with 1.21 million viewers. Comcast owned VERSUS has seen a 25% increase in viewers of NHL games this year.

The Washington Capitals have blocked the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Hockey Night in Canada from doing post game interviews and interviews in between periods. The Capitals are upset that a white board that the Capitals forgot to take “strategic” information off of was shown during a broadcast after game 3.

Look out Hershey Bears… Janne Pesonen is back with the WBS Penguins and had a goal and 3 assists as the Baby Penguins got out to a 4-0 lead and went on to win last night 6-3 to even out the series at 2-2. The WBS Penguins also are playing back to back games and will play tonight at 7:05PM.

Still no word a an Ovechkin suspension, I’ll keep updating you throughout this article.

The CEO of the faltering KHL Alexander Medvedev has thrown his support behind the Washington Capitals. “We support Washington, obviously,” he was being interviewed personally, so I don’t know who the “we” is, “The Russians are making the show, Please express my support to Ovechkin” If he judges character anything like he runs his hockey league I personally would rather have him pick the Kapitals, I’m sure he’ll be trying to lure their players also causing the Kapitals to fork out more money.

Capitals owner Ted “the whiner” Leonsis is unhappy that the Penguins and Capitals have to play two nights in a row because of a Yanni concert in Pittsburgh. PenguinPoop writer Phil Krundle is unhappy that somehow there was three games in between the last series (after their series went seven games) and this series which gave the Capitals time to rest up.

One more quote from Brooks Orpik: “I mean, you can run guys, guys are fair game, but the guy (Ovechkin) takes strides every time and leaves his feet a lot of times, too, to us, we got the feeling he’s really trying to hurt guys at times.”

Still no word on a suspension.

Game time is 7PM and can be seen in high definition at both the Verizon Center and on FSN Pittsburgh.

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  1. PenQuin's Gravatar PenQuin
    May 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    MALKIN get`s the win in OT for his friend Gonchar. Tells his dad “He loves him” during post game interview. Great kid, great win, and we`re going home up 3-2. It`s time to say goodbye to Varlamov and Ovechkin and Backstrom and Steckle, because that`s about all I`ve seen from the Caps. I wonder if Semin still thinks Crosby is overated? LOL!

  2. Jesselvis's Gravatar Jesselvis
    May 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    By not giving ovechkin a suspension, the NHL has proven that they are more interested in TV rating than the actual health of their players. Colin Campbell and Bettman should be releived of their duties after the season for the sh*tty job they have done.

  3. PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
    May 9, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    The Caps boards state that if they suspend Ovechkin, they will riot. What a surprise there. Shows the class of fans. They also compared Kunitz cross checking and Hal Gills supposed stick to Federov to the knee on knee incident. Come again?

    Thank God I am a Pens fans. Oh yeah. Don’t all our politicians live there. Must be where they get their class.

    GO PENZ!

    May 9, 2009 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    The Stanley Cup brings players that ramp up their games. This series it’s Fedotenko and Scuderi – both have played above expectations. So has Gill. Also, how about a toot for Miroslav Satan who played a real good game. Ted Leonsis is a dot.com success story and quite frankly has a bigger ego than Ovechkin. His act would never play well in Pittsburgh.
    The best part of this series is a GM who claims that Varlamov has a short period of excellence. A coach puts the rookie in over Theodore. What now?
    The Gonchar incident is not good for anyone who wants to see the best vs. the best. And MO is that Ovechkin has a total disregard for other players. His passion for going after Russian players is really weird. I think that Boucher replaces Gonchar and although this injury is a blow – good teams rise above that. It makes Stanley Cup history stories. Orpik appears to be one PO’d defenseman right now. Notice no comments made about Bradley’s two hits (Letang and Orpik) with no call being made.
    A little note on Letang too – you get hit and don’t like the no call – don’t sit on your ass and raise your hands like a dummy. Get in the game. Stop the moaning.

    Let’s Go Pens!


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