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Gameday Poop: Pittsburgh vs Montreal Game 6 – Shellak the Halak

The Penguins are becoming the best closer of series on the road that the NHL has ever seen. Tonight the Pens have a chance to close out the series against the Canadiens once and for all and once again on the road. Don’t count the game as won just yet though, Washington was up 3 games to one against the Habs in their last series and lost after the resilient Canadiens fought tooth and nail for three wins in a row.

How about a little respect for Marc-Andre Fleury. I have a friend I argue with back and forth about Fleury.  He claims that the only way the Penguins can win a game is if they score 4 or more goals if Fleury is in net. While that should not be a tough feat for a team so skilled on offense, I wonder if my friend had a chance to catch the last two wins the Penguins had this series? The Penguins were out shot last game 33-25 and still won, by scoring only two goals. Fleury wins the big games and is the only goaltender left in the playoffs that has won the big one. So I say to my friend who plays D for Mahajibee, cut Fleury some slack!

Hal Gill was injured in the game on Saturday and is a game time decision for tonight’s game. He was injured when Kris Kunitz skate hit him in the leg, left the game and never came back. When questioned about how he felt for the game tonight he left the usual SS Hal Gill over detailed answer “I feel good.” If he doesn’t play, the Habs will most likely be filling in his roster spot with defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.  I think Gill could skate just as fast on one leg as he does on two.

The only difference in tonight’s lineup versus Saturdays lineup is Dupuis and Guerin being changing lines:


On Saturday night the Penguins benched Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko together for the first time in this seasons playoffs and the media and everyone else gave the Penguins rave reviews for having their most complete game yet. While I believe that Ponikarovsky’s problem is that he doesn’t have a competitive bone in his body, Fedotenko has the opposite problem, he is very competitive, yet his skill level this year is just not there.

Speaking of Fedotenko, the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff roster contains three out of the only four players still playing in the NHL that have gotten the game winning goal in a game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fedotenko, Max Talbot and Mike Rupp who got one with New Jersey the year before Ruslan Fedotenko did it for Tampa Bay.

I’m tired of the whiny little Canadiens’ fans complaining about the officiating and I’m also tired of watching the fans at Centre Bell throw their arms up all night wondering why the refs didn’t call a penalty when their player took a dive. All you read in the whiny Montreal media is that the NHL is out to get them, they claimed it all through the Capitals series and now they are saying it all through this series. I have a headline for the French Canadian Habs fans, the NHL is not out to make you lose, you are just big whiners.

Only one game of the 5 games played so far were won by the team who had the most shots on goal, and that was the game Fleury had a shutout.

The big screen will not be showing the game outside Mellon Arena tonight and it is not NBC stopping it this time. The Mellon Arena will be hosting WWF Raw tonight and the test study they did on Saturday to see if the two groups could co-exist failed, the WWF crowd was stealing the chairs that the Pens fans brought and hitting people over the head with them.

My wife Krista wanted her picture wearing a PenguinPoop t-shirt on the Gameday Poop today, she managed to get a picture at the last game with Evgeni Malkin’s brother and dad who sit right in front of PenguinPoop writer Southside Shultzie. Somehow Shultzie managed to get his big head in one of the pictures also.  Evgeni Malkin’s family is the most down to earth families of a superstar I’ve ever seen.

Also at the game on Saturday I spotted over 10 Canadiens’ fans wearing capes. I was unaware that capes were back in style.

A big Happy Birthday to PenguinPoop writer Reg Dunlop – I bet you can guess what his birthday wish is!

The whole 8th place Cinderella story was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end.  I have a feeling the Pens are going to shellak the Halak tonight.  My prediction is Pens win 7-1.

Gametime is 7PM and can be seen in HD at Bell Centre or on FSN Pittsburgh. *Versus will have the game on nationally in the states and RDS & CBC will airing the game up in the great white north eh!

* The “Gameday Poop” is provided to give you enough information to sound intelligent while talking about hockey for 10 minutes. Anything after that and your on your own.
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  1. AJW's Gravatar AJW
    May 11, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I never thought I would ever say this but I now believe that there is a fan base more ignorant than the Philadelphia fan base. Who would have guessed the Toronto fans were right all these years, it’s no wonder they have the Hockey Hall of Fame.

  2. MontrealRiotWarning's Gravatar MontrealRiotWarning
    May 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Josee. When AK46 can get clothes lined and not get a call while Cry baby Crosby, the real whiner of this series, can, trip, slash and freaking smash his stick on the opposing teams net and not get a unsportsmanlike like conduct its just stupid and unfair.

    Never the less the Canadiens have put up a fight. Would have been Canadiens in 5 if it wasn’t for the one directional calls.

    • penwarrior's Gravatar penwarrior
      May 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      It would have been pens in 5 if refs would call penalties for trips on a breakaway

      • MontrealRiotWarning's Gravatar MontrealRiotWarning
        May 12, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

        BS. # penalties called against Montreal >> Pittsburgh.

        And when you get Don Cherry who hates Montreal siding with us, you know something’s wrong.


        • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
          May 12, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink

          who’s don cherry? Why does he hate montreal?

  3. josee larocque's Gravatar josee larocque
    May 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    What’s with the comments on the fans – the “French Canadian” fans….whiney – you sound like the whiner. I think not, if anything you should be grateful because your team can’s seem to score 5 on 5 but are capable 5 on 4….Montreal fans – the most knowledgeable in the league!

  4. Brent McConnell's Gravatar Brent McConnell
    May 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I think Gino’s dad and Krista make a nice looking couple…

    • PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
      May 11, 2010 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      Nice pictures Schultzie and “Krista”!

      GO PENZ!


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