Pass or Fail: Penguins fan shaves support for team into his chest hair

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And then there’s this Pittsburgh Penguins fan captured by Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at Game 1 vs. the Ottawa Senators, who shaved “LETS GO PENS” into his chest hair: @emptynettersWhat, no apostrophe? Wow. That is … wow. We’re mostly impressed that all the letters face the right direction, which speaks to either his impressive mastery of mirror reflections or the creepy implication that he has an accomplice in his man-scaping. When we spotted this photo on Twitter, we had a sense of hair-story repeating. Was this guy the same guy who spotted this hirsute billboard during the Penguins vs. Washington Capitals series back in May 2009? Based on these strands of evidence, we think so: DC Sports Bog As Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog wrote: This guy cancels everything else out. This guy rules. I’d proudly sit next to this guy for 60 minutes, or as long as it takes, really. But what say you about using your chest fur to support the team? source:

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Predicting Outcomes for NHL Conference Semifinals


1 Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport The Senators dominated the shorthanded Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs, but found out in Game 1 against the Penguins that things aren’t going to be that easy against a Stanley Cup-driven team.  Heading into this series, the goaltending of Craig Anderson figured to be a strong point, but he allowed four goals in the loss and the Senators could not rally around the rebound mentality they showed in the first round against the Canadiens.  The Penguins managed two power-play goals and another shorthanded one to dismantle the Senators in Game 1.  Things won’t get any easier the rest of the way.  Pittsburgh’s star-studded trio of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla are three of the top-four points leaders in the playoffs so far, and each has contributed at least six assists to help set up open teammates on the attack. Malkin leads the NHL in playoff assists with 10.  Combine that effort with the surprising heroics of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who took over for Marc Andre-Fleury after a Round 1 clunker, and Ottawa is truly going to have to turn this series into a physical, ugly one to have a chance to survive.  In three games, Vokoun has allowed just four goals and leads the NHL in save percentage at .962. Pittsburgh seems to be putting it all together, and that could spell trouble for the upstart Senators. Ottawa will find a way to steal at least one game, but Pittsburgh looked like the better team in Game 1 and will remain so for the rest of the series.  Prediction: Pittsburgh in five   No. 6 New York Rangers vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins Both the Rangers and the Bruins completed thrilling, seven-game series in the first round, and that fatigue might show for both sides in the opening game of this series.  In fact, the team that shows fewer effects from the first round might take the early advantage here.  The New York-Boston clash will follow the tradition set between the two great U.S. cities over the years (as noted by ) and will feature two goaltenders with high hopes toward making this a defensive battle—New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Boston’s Tuukka Rask.  Expect Boston to rely on center David Krejci to carry the load on the attack.  USA TODAY Sports He leads the NHL (tied with Malkin) in points during the postseason with 13, netting five goals (second in the league) and eight assists to help keep Boston’s otherwise modest attack in balance over the course of the game.  However, there’s few teams more even in the playoffs than these two teams.  The Rangers won the season series 2-1, but both wins went to shootouts and each team scored nine total goals in the three games (h/t USA Today ).  While conventional wisdom would give the edge to the Rangers because of their head-to-head regular-season record and a less physical series against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins have shown resilience throughout the playoffs and have a clear advantage in the offensive department over a team that has struggled to score so far.  Expect the Bruins to win the higher-scoring games, while the Rangers will contend more in a low-scoring affair.  Prediction: Boston in seven No. 7 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports Chicago and Detroit will be the only two teams in action on Wednesday night, as Game 1 of this series will get underway at the United Center in Chicago.  These two talented squads are coming off very different wins.  Chicago easily defeated Minnesota in five games, while Detroit had to take Anaheim to the brink before escaping with a 4-2 win in Game 7.  Right now, this might be the most competitive series we’ll see in the second round.  Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in points right now with eight, while Chicago has been on the defensive side through its first five games. source:

Pittsburgh Penguins Advance: Brooks Orpik Goal In Overtime Eliminates Islanders (VIDEO)

The Islanders got back into the playoffs this year after being out of the postseason since 2007. With a move to Brooklyn upcoming in the near future, the Islanders could be turning a corner back into hockey respectability. “We really came together,” said Tavares, an NHL MVP finalist. “I hope we can bring more next year. We found out what it takes to be successful. Great character in this room. I like where we are headed.” Jarome Iginla tied it in the first, and Pascal Dupuis made it 2-2 in the second for Pittsburgh, which got 35 saves from Vokoun. Despite being outplayed for much of the game – as evident by the shot disparity of 28-13 through two periods – the Penguins entered the third in a 2-2 tie. Pittsburgh overcame a pair of New York power plays in the second – including one for too many men on the ice that had coach Dan Bylsma irate on the bench – and got even again when Dupuis scored his fifth of the series with 9:01 remaining. Joe Vitale raced along the right wing boards and flung the puck in front to Dupuis, who redirected it past Nabokov. Pittsburgh nearly took its first lead of the night in the final minute of the second when Crosby eluded Frans Nielsen behind the New York net and found Chris Kunitz at the right post for a quick one-timer that Nabokov blocked. The Islanders showed no signs of nervousness or that the moment was too big for them, despite the lack of playoff experience throughout the roster. source:

Penguins F Pascal Dupuis stealing spotlight _ and goals _ from superstar teammates

The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The Associated Press PITTSBURGH –  It’s no surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins have the leading goal scorer in the playoffs. The surprise it that it’s not superstars Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin but veteran forward Pascal Dupuis. The unheralded Dupuis has found the net an NHL-high six times through seven postseason games, including a short-handed goal that capped a 4-1 win over Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday. Dupuis says his confidence level is at an all-time high after a productive regular season in which he scored 20 goals in just 48 games. Dupuis rarely works on Pittsburgh’s potent power play. Instead he scores most of his points at even strength, finding his way to open spaces or getting to the front of the net for rebounds. Game 2 is Friday night. source:

NHL playoffs: Penguins strike early for Game 1 win over Senators

Craig Anderson made 26 saves on 30 shots for the Senators. Game 2 is on Friday. Here are some observations from Game 1, though. PEN-ALTY KILL Pittsburgh’s kill can be feast or famine. In the postseason, it’s been the former. The Penguins killed all of Ottawa’s 5-on-4 opportunities, including near-consecutive third-period penalties stemming on Kris Letang (unsportsmanlike conduct) at 8:04 and minors to James Neal at 10:19 and 12:58. Ottawa mustered seven total shots in 8:22 at 5-on-4 and allowed a shorthanded goal to Dupuis, who has six total goals in the postseason, on Neal’s first penalty. Overall, Pittsburgh is 23-for-25 on the kill in the playoffs. MEN POSSESSED NHL playoffs: The Penguins defeated the Senators, 4-1, in Game 1. (AP Photo) Ottawa, despite scoring the fourth-fewest goals in the league during the regular season, was an elite puck-possession team. Pittsburgh, despite scoring more often than anyone else, was a middling possession team, particularly at even strength. source:


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