Well we're back in the Eastern Conference Finals again for the second year in a row. To say that I didn't think we'd make it this far is an understatement, but the Penguins continue to prove me wrong time and time again. So far this postseason, the Penguins have plowed (haha plowed) through the Columbus Blue Jackets (108 points in the regular season) and the ever meaningless President's Trophy champion Washington Capitals (118 points in the regular season).
Just three days ago the Penguins 'elimin8ed' Mia Khalifa and the Washington Capitals in an unbelievable Game Seven that took numerous years off my life. D.C. still isn't back to normal, not that it's been normal since Trump was elected, but you get my drift. Tonight a new journey begins with the winner of this series advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
I'll be honest and forthcoming, other than waiting for other more important series games to start, I haven't watched much of the Senators so far these playoffs but how the hell are the Penguins playing the Ottawa f%^$@!& Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals? That's not so much a knock on Ottawa as it is the NHL and it's god awful playoff formatting. I wasn't going to bash Ottawa until the next paragraph.
Ok, now I'm going to bash Ottawa. For those of you who are fed up Pirate fans looking to for something else to watch while Marte serves his suspension and Kang continues to drink and drive over in Korea, welcome aboard. There are three guys, maybe four on the Ottawa Senators that are going to rattle you this series. Chris Neil (if he plays, he's dressed in just two games this postseason). Dion Phaneuf (literally a big parking cone on defense that still manages to make me mad every time we play against him). Alexandre Burrows (pretty sure this guy is the anti-christ, still waiting on sources to confirm). Matt Borowiecki (he's currently hurt, but he's a guy who will literally hit anything that moves and often takes himself out of the play doing so).
Let's not forget #FingerGate that occurred on March 23rd of this year. Sidney Crosby may have taken a piece out of Marc Methot's finger, which was totally clean by the way. Either way, what followed the incident is still magical.
The Senators Owner / Degenerate Eugene Melnyk was not pleased to say the least saying about Crosby, “We all know who he is, the guy is just a whiner beyond belief and you do this kind of stuff, I don’t care who you are in the league, I don’t care if you’re the number one player in the league, you should sit out a long time for this kind of crap.” LOL. I'm mad now. You should be too.
**Trevor Daley probably won't play but that's just my guess**
*No stripes listed yet, stay tuned*
This will be the 5th time since 2007 that the Penguins will meet the Senators in the postseason. The Penguins are 4-1 in those series.
The Senators like to use a 1-3-1 trap so get ready to be mad and for some potentially low scoring, low fun hockey games.
Guy Boucher has an unreal scare and looks like someone from the mafia.
In their season series this year, the Senators won 2 out of 3 games, including one in a shootout.
In those three games, Erik Karlsson has seven points against the Penguins.
Speaking of Karlsson, after their first round win against the Bruins he said he's playing with two hairline fractures in his foot.
In 12 playoff games this season, Erik Karlsson has 2 goals and 11 assists.
He looks like fine to me.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau is also fine - scoring six goals against the Rangers last round, including a 4 goal game.
The Penguins will likely go with the same lineup that they beat the Capitals with on Wednesday... meaning Scott Wilson, Carter Rowney, and Chad Ruhwedel will likely draw in again and Carl Hagelin, Tom Kuhnhackl, and Trevor Daley will be out.
Marc Methot will probably be mad and try to go after Crosby at some point tonight, hopefully he can keep his fingers off him.
We get to hear 'O Canada' a lot now, this is good news for us Canadian National Anthem enthusiasts.
I'm nervous. You're also probably nervous.
Malkin has 18 points this postseason. Mother of God that's good.
Eugene Melynk is a clown.
Thank you, Adam Sandler.
Do it. Let's Go Pens!
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