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Penguins 6, Hurricanes 2 - Postgame - 5-23-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

POSTGAME

-That was just dominating. And when you consider the Hurricanes had to win this game, it's even more impressive. The Penguins gave them a little bit of life, then just dropped the hammer on them in the third with the offensive barrage.

-Are Crosby and Malkin giving each other every other series to be their individual showcases? In the first round, it was Malkin's show. In the second round, Crosby outshined Alex Ovechkin. In the third, Malkin is playing like the best player in the world. He's blowing through Carolina's speed with a combination of speed and brute force. Almost everything he's tossing at a net is a real threat to become a goal. And the Hurricanes are just staring at him. They either are flatfooted when he has the puck or he just muscles through the Hurricane's defenders. He's clearly the MVP of this series.

-Chris Kunitz might've actually played a better game than he did in Game 2 when he had three points. He "only" had two assists tonight but did so much more. He created offensive chances, got shots on net, played some fantastic defense and blocked more than a few shots. He was a very complete player tonight. He did all the things that made him an attractive player to Ray Shero at the trade deadline.

-Cam Ward is just a broken man. He's been left out to dry far too often this series and he simply can't do it any longer for Carolina. He might steal Game 4 just through sheer desperation, but he need some help.

-Were it not for Ward, the Penguins could have hit double digits.

-How can anyone argue with the seven defenseman arrangement for the Penguins right now? Other than Pascal Dupuis' mom maybe.

-The Penguins have not scored 13 goals combined in back-to-back playoff games since they beat the Capitals in the 1995 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 6-5,  May 14 and, 7-1, May 16.

-Fleury was not tested a great deal, but he made some key saves late.

-In terms of series, the Penguins are 9-1 when they have a 3-0 series lead.

-That leads us to the obligatory, "The 1975 Penguins are the last team to lose after holding a 3-0 lead against the Islanders. Blah, blah, blah."

-Are the Penguins this good or are the Hurricanes this bad?

-We haven't seen the broadcasts of the first two games, but have they not been pushing the "Staals are brothers" thing that much? They only did it once by our count tonight.

-The Penguins had a 40-34 lead in shots.

-Kunitz and Eric Staal each led with six shots.

-The Penguins again had a surprsing, 30-28 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Crosby was 12-for-21 (57 percent).

-Brind'Amour was 5-for-7 (71 percent).

-Eric Staal was a brutal 5-for-18 (28 percent). Ick.

-This can't happen for Carolina. Dennis Seidenberg led the game with 25:19. The Hurricanes have better players on defense who deserve playing time ahead of Seidenberg.

-Crosby led the Penguins with 21:31.

-Kunitz, Gonchar and Seidenberg each led the game with four blocked shots.

-The Penguins' power-play went 2-for-4. Since the start of the second round, they have gotten that unit turned around.

-Malkin now shares the playoff lead with Jussi Joknen for game-winning goals with three.

-Malkin now has 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) these playoffs. That gives him a two-point lead over Crosby in the playoff scoring race. Crosby has 14 goals, 12 assists.

-You know what's scary? Crosby and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg led the entire playoffs with 27 points each last season.

-The last player to hit 28 points was Eric Staal in the 2006 playoffs. He had nine goals and 19 assists for Cup-winning Hurricanes.

-Alex Ovechkin is still the only other player to have broken the 20-point mark. He has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).

 -Malkin has failed to score in only three playoffs games this year.

-Crosby has failed to score in only two games.

-Kunitz has a career high 12 points these playoffs. He recorded his fifth career multi-point playoff game.

-Guerin how has a career-high in playoff points with 13 (six goals, seven assists).

-Fedotenko now has 10 points (five goals, five assists). It is the second time he has reached double digits in a single postseason. He had 14 with the Lightning during its Stanley Cup title run in 2004.

-Guerin and Kunitz each broke into the Penguins' top 40 on their career playoff scoring list.

-Fedotenko broke into the top 50.

-Adams had the first multi-point playoff game of his career.

-Gonchar recorded the 30th point of his Penguins playoff career.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights.

 

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