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Gameday Poop: Pittsburgh vs Montreal – Game 7 – Down & Dirty – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

Gameday Poop: Pittsburgh vs Montreal – Game 7 – Down & Dirty

Many of the Penguins players will be facing their favorite childhood team in a game seven playoff game that they’ve played over and over in their younger heads scoring the game winning goal for the Canadiens. It’s time to trample the ghosts of their childhood heroes, it’s time to spit in the face of 100 years of hockey history, It’s time to get down and dirty.

The Penguins need to play hard hitting, fore checking and shot blocking hockey.  They have been letting the Canadiens dictate the style of play that must come to an end.

To win tonight’s game the Penguins defense has to be aggressive, not passive. Attack the Montreal players before and all the while they are coming into the zone. Montreal has great snipers but they are all small, get in their face and hound them, stop letting them get in close enough for a good shot.  Block the shots.  The defense needs to do more than bend over, they need to lay down or dive if need be.

Hit Somebody. In the three games the Penguins have won, they have averaged 31 hits per game. In the three games they lost they averaged 23 hits a game. Brooks Orpik didn’t even register a hit last game and the Penguins as a team only had 20 total hits.  The Pens averaged 36 hits a game in the Ottawa series.

Get to their net, get in front of their net, poke Halak a few times. Adams is the only Penguin player that has touched Halak all series, take Halak off his game, rattle him a little. Put the shots on net, stop worrying about picking corners, if there are Penguin players in front just get the puck there and let them get the puck into the net.

Today’s Lines, Ponikarovsky is back in, Letestu is out:

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Guerin-Malkin-Ponikarovsky
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Talbot-Adams-Rupp

Who cares if the Montreal Canadiens were the first team the Penguins played at the Civic Arena, the Penguins were the first expansion team to beat an “Original Six” team, that was in the Civic Arena and that team was the Chicago Blackhawks. That will be the fitting end to the Igloo, Crosby picking up the Stanley Cup for the Penguins on the Civic Arena ice.

I’m sure coach Bylsma has his game plan set but tonight is about the hockey you can’t teach what the players need to do tonight in one afternoon skate, game 7′s are what it is all about. So get out your rally caps, your good luck charms, sit in your lucky chair, it’s going to be a fun one.

Tonight’s game is a must win for a chance at history. A team hasn’t gone to the Stanley Cup finals three years in a row since the Edmonton Oilers did the first year Mario Lemieux was in the NHL, 25 years ago. All of the Penguins that have worn the uniform skating on the Civic Arena’s ice have built their own history, have their own ghosts and tonight as fans it’s time to awaken them the way only Penguins fans can.

It’s Crosby Time!

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40 Comments

  1. Gerald from Canada your master from the north's Gravatar Gerald from Canada your master from the north
    May 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    whats with the moderation !!!!! jeez can’t a guy give his fantastic unbiased opinions anymore .

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I love reading the comments of before the game and thanking us for the warm up. I also like the comments about the Habs being a fluke team when the Stanley Cup is specifically designed to not have fluke wins. I also love the recurring comments about how the teams didn’t show up for a 7 game series (which is pretty much the definition of a bad/inconsistent team). The truth is that you and Washington got outplayed by an underdog team with more desire. Just stop your excuses and admit it. The Habs deserve to be where they are and have a great shot at the cup this year because of their teamwork and heart (and Halak). Personally I think it looks better for you guys to just say hey: “We are a better team on paper, and yes we’ve had more success lately, but they played damn well, it was close and they came out on top” than to say: “Yea, was a fluke, our team didn’t show up, that’s why you won and have fun wasting your time you’re just going to lose to the west”. If that’s what you think, then your team just doesn’t care and doesn’t have guts which I find way worse than a team lacking raw talent.

    That being said, Crosby is indeed a cry-baby.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    The Pens didn’t show up. At least you all acknowledge that. If we did, you all wouldn’t be happy today. You all do have a great goalie, however, will lose to either the Sharks or Blackhawks. Not your year either. So what I am feeling now, you all will be feeling the middle of June. Prolonged unhappiness.

  4. HABS's Gravatar HABS
    May 13, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi everybody yes I did cry yesterday of hapinness!!!
    So proud of my team, you did a good job but we where better….. and a special thanks for Crosby for the beautiful penalty at only 10 sec in the game that did change everithing for us see you next year
    GO HABS GO

  5. Go Habs Go's Gravatar Go Habs Go
    May 13, 2010 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks Crosby for your stupid penalty only 10 sec in the game. Fatal error, Mr. Crybaby.

  6. Tommy's Gravatar Tommy
    May 13, 2010 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    HGrunstein

    Refs were crap and we still smoked you! Sorry the NHLs prodigy son couldn’t do anything!

  7. c's Gravatar c
    May 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    looks like pens forgot to show up tonite. WAY TO GO HABS! WHOOO

  8. Jesselvis's Gravatar Jesselvis
    May 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Headed over to the Red Light by the Arena right now!!! We just need to check them a few times, they’ll surrender! LET’S GO PENS!!!!!

  9. HGrunstein's Gravatar HGrunstein
    May 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    You Hab fans should start working on your “the refs did us in” stories now. It will save you a lot of time later.

    • Go Habs Go's Gravatar Go Habs Go
      May 13, 2010 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      The refs did an OK job last night. As long as the Habs continue to work as a team, the refs can’t kill us.
      Go Habs Go!

  10. Gerald from Canada your master from the north's Gravatar Gerald from Canada your master from the north
    May 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    with all the tears shed from their idiotic fans tonight its gonna be called watermellon arena !

    • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
      May 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      spoken like a true idiot.

      • Go Habs Go's Gravatar Go Habs Go
        May 13, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

        Not an Idiot like Crosby though! Tears shed in WaterMelon arena YES! Much thanks to Crosby for acting like an idiot and setting the pace for the Habs so ear;y in the game with an ididic penalty that ended up in a goal.

  11. Gerald from Canada your master from the north's Gravatar Gerald from Canada your master from the north
    May 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    The Habs will have a huge psychological edge tonight, they will be pumped up and the Pens will be VERY nervous in front of their dummy Pitts fans ! like with Washington it gonna be deja view all over again

    • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
      May 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Pens have been there done that. Habs celebrated after beating the Caps like they just won the cup. Children.

      • c's Gravatar c
        May 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

        well those children just kicked your ass

      • Gerald from Canada your master from the north's Gravatar Gerald from Canada your master from the north
        May 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

        get lost dude it was a very restrained celebration ! they showed a lot of class for an 8th place team who just disposed of the defending champs .

    • Gerald from Canada your master from the north's Gravatar Gerald from Canada your master from the north
      May 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      right as usual !

  12. Habs Fan's Gravatar Habs Fan
    May 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Overconfidence will be your undoing

  13. SidRules's Gravatar SidRules
    May 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you Habs fans are pretty cocky having a team that hasn’t made it past this round in 17 years.

    Fact: Before this series the Canadiens only won 3 of the last 19 games they played in this round since they won the cup in ’93

  14. 877111's Gravatar 877111
    May 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Hey Habs, thanks for the warm up going into the semi’s, it was fun.

  15. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    May 12, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    2 best players in the world will help get the job done tonight.
    Hit Somebody!

    • HABS's Gravatar HABS
      May 12, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE BIG BABY?

      • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
        May 12, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

        Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis? Your in the wrong sport my friend.

      • Pensin7's Gravatar Pensin7
        May 12, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

        BIG BABY? Do you mean the guy that won the gold for your country – the last big win your city will ever see?

        • PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
          May 12, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

          LOL

        • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
          May 12, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

          Baby or not, I hope we can cry past this fluke team and get on with the next series.

          • HABS's Gravatar HABS
            May 12, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

            You are right we will be on final againts Chicago and for sure I will cry tonight of happiness
            the 25th coupe it’s comming
            GO HABS GO

      • PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
        May 12, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

        HABS – I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE A BIG BABY TONIGHT WHEN WE KICK YOUR ASS! DON’T CRY TOO MUCH!

        • ItsCanadiEns!'s Gravatar ItsCanadiEns!
          May 13, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

          Us? Crying? No, you’re thinking Crosby’s voice cracking during the interviews after Wednesday’s massace… *ahem*game.

          No matter, he can cry it all out in bed. After all, he’s gotta work on that golf swing.

    • Pensarepancking's Gravatar Pensarepancking
      May 12, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Wait a second…were you talking about Ovechkin and Mike Green (or Semin, or Backstrom).
      That was last series. This series, we’ll take out 2 more good players.

      • PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
        May 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        Mike Green and Semin? did they even play in the playoffs? Try and shut down AO and your good to go to exploit that D and goalie. May the better team win.

    • Go Habs Go's Gravatar Go Habs Go
      May 13, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

      Two best players in the world = Halak & Cammalerri. You’re right, they did get the job done last night!

  16. Penswin's Gravatar Penswin
    May 12, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    The Habs & reHabs were sitting on a fence, the Habs fell off who was left.

    Have fun in reHabs.

  17. Habitant's Gravatar Habitant
    May 12, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    The first game played at the Mellon arena was against the Montreal Canadians, Habs won 2-1. Tonight is going to be the last game at the Mellon arena, sadly for the history of the Pens, and they are going to lost to the same team that they lost to in the first game at the igloo. Its been a great series to watch!

    GO HABS GO

  18. HABS's Gravatar HABS
    May 12, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Montreal will beat the Pens tonight
    We did the first game at the civic arena and we will do for your last game

    GO HABS GO

  19. PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
    May 12, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Tonight will be Montreal’s last game played at Mellon. We need to put tons of pressure on Halak, hit, and score goals. Montreal is good, but not as good as the Pens when we are on our game.

    60 minutes guys!

    GO PENZ!

  20. Atta's Gravatar Atta
    May 12, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    If the Pens want to win this they will. I agree – get back to the basics. I haven’t been this nervous since game 7 against Detroit.

    • pensarepanicking's Gravatar pensarepanicking
      May 12, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      If you’re nervous, imagine how the Pens are feeling.

      • Go Habs Go's Gravatar Go Habs Go
        May 13, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Anybody have Crosby’s phone number? I got a Big Bertha for sale!


            

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