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Pittsburgh Penguins: 1st Round Series In The Books, Penguins Moving On

Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have defeated the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2010 NHL playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win. It was eerily similar to the first round win against Philadelphia last year as the Pens found themselves down 3-0 in game 6 after failing to take the series at home in game 5. Yet, the Penguins once again found a way to come back and win. Unlike the previous games in the series, the Penguin’s big boys were held off the score sheet as it was the 4th line guys who made this game.

This series was not won without some losses as the Pens found themselves down a forward in Tyler Kennedy and trade-deadline pickup Jordan Leopold as they were injured during the series. Hopefully the additional time off before the begin of the second round will help get these players back to at least being close to returning to the lineup. Jordan Leopold, as of late, showed some great ability near the end of the regular season.

The Penguins now await their opponent as the Washington/Montreal and Buffalo/Boston series are not quite wrapped up. The Penguins will not have to face Washington in the next round, unlike last year and will most likely face Buffalo. Pittsburgh has had their way with Ryan Miller this past season which is a very promising sign. Unfortunately, Patrick Lalime has been a thorn in Pittsburgh’s side when he has come in to replace a struggling Miller.

I look forward to the next round with very high expectations as from what I can tell Pittsburgh is just now hitting their stride and should be a force to recon with. For the last month or two of the regular series many fans were left wondering when or better yet IF the Penguins could turn on the “ON” switch to kick it up and make a run for the Cup. From the looks of the first round, the Penguins have definitely turned that switch ON and hopefully will keep it there.

Let’s Go Pens!!

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