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Penguins put on a ‘clinic’ in semifinal series win over Senators

May 24, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators was, for the most part, a story of two teams at different points in their respective evolutions.

The Penguins’ core has Stanley Cup experience, including a championship ring, and the 2013 team, upgraded prior to the trade deadline, is showing every sign of returning to the final.

The Senators have a young nucleus of players, with eyes toward the future.

The Senators were taken to school in this series. The Penguins won Game 5 by a final score of 6-2, taking the series 4-1 over Ottawa.

The Penguins are now off to the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2009, when they won the Stanley Cup.

For the Senators, it’s a stern learning experience.

“I think we got a lesson on what it takes to keep playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs from a very good team,” said Senators’ head coach Paul MacLean, as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

“I hope they don’t bill us for the clinic.”

  1. pizzano7416 - May 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    “I hope they don’t bill us for the clinic.” Bwhahahaha!!!! Amazing quote from the coach.. At least he kept his sense of humor thru that shalacking

  2. jl9830 - May 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    This series made the Islanders look good. Imagine if they had a competent goaltender?

  3. kingsforever - May 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    If Pittsburgh struggled with the Islanders, then Bruins in 7

    • pizzano7416 - May 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Again your crazy.. Pens are 3-0 against the Bruins this year, and I think anyone that knows and watched hockey realizes that the Isles were one of, if not the hottest team down the stretch of the reg season. These posts in this forum are borderline nuts.. Again please think a little before you guys write this non sense..

      • dannymac17 - May 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Doesn’t matter, you guys are all playing to lose to the Kings anyhow.

    • jpelle82 - May 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      the penguins didnt struggle with the islanders, they beat them in 6 games and outscored them 25-17. the only person that struggled with the islanders was fleury and well he doesnt play anymore. just because they didnt sweep them doesnt mean they struggled

      • andrewproughcfe - May 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        It wasn’t just Fleury – their defense was horrendous until Bylsma made the line changes late in the series.

    • bru308 - May 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Bruins were 5 minutes away from being eliminated in their 1st round matchup. Must’ve missed that series?

    • sidgenotanger2944 - May 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      you pick the bruins in 7 because that’s what you’re hoping for. You just don’t want to see your kings get a clinic put on them. The Pens will dismantle J. Quick

  4. cspsrbums - May 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Pitt still has no Defense or Goalie .Boston in 6 .

    • biasedhomer - May 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Vokun is playing well, but I don’t trust him. He was after all a backup in the regular season.

      Plus Rask is on a completely different level.

      • pizzano7416 - May 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        Anderson was better than Rask all year, In fact Anderson was the best G all year, so why should Rask scare us if the Pens made Anderson look like an armature league goalie..

        Do you guys think before you post, or are you just spitting out pointless dribble??

      • jpelle82 - May 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        yup…the worst in the league level. dumbass.

        vokoun – 1.85 .941
        quick – 1.50 .948
        niemi – 1.95 .929
        howard – 2.21 .929
        crawford – 1.73 .935
        lundquist – 2.15 .934

        rask – 2.33 .925

    • pizzano7416 - May 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Lol!! You must of not watched games 4 and 5.. Cause the Pens D has been playing dope in front of Vokoun, especially Paul Martin..

    • jpelle82 - May 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      you are an idiot. 1.85 gaa and .941 is best in the east for vokoun. boston is giving up 2.45 goals per game and pitt is giving up 2.55. rask is 2.33 and .925 – the worst guy still in the playoffs-he’s on that completely different level all right. penguins owned boston all year while letang, malkin, crosby, martin, neal all missed games against them, 3-0. rask had a .881 and 2.54 against the pens in those games…good luck boston, penguins are a buzz saw right now and i wouldnt be surprised if they beat them in 5 games too.

    • fbothharbaughs - May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      & Rask looked REAL strong Game 4…

  5. whammy71 - May 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Sorry guys….Pens ain’t losing four 2-1 games. Yinz got no O to match the Pens firepower. Enjoy 2nd place in the East.

  6. djamesbart - May 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Coming into series Anderson was best goalie in playoffs. Now he’s the worst.
    Doubt the Pens are suddenly quaking over Tuukka Rask.

  7. pizzano7416 - May 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Vokoun has been fantastic since taken over,, Numbers wise he’s the 2nd best G in the playoffs behind only Quick.. I know he’s unproven but let’s give this guy some credit, he deserves it.. Bottom line is that he’s playing great and his confidence level is thru the roof.. You guys need to back off.. Geez.. What does he have to do to get some support..

    • theageofquarrel - May 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      It’s because it has to do with anything remotely Pittsburgh Penguins

      • pizzano7416 - May 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        I don’t follow what ur saying fquarrel???

    • theageofquarrel - May 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      People complain about everything Penguins

  8. pizzano7416 - May 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Lets not also forget that this years Pens team normal rules do not apply. When you have the star power, skill, depth, and boasting the best offensive team as any team in the world has seen in years, you don’t need great defense or goal play for the Pens to win the cup. As long as the Pens defense and Goalie don’t play horrible (MAF in 1st rd against Isles) they will be in, and have a great chance to win each and every game.

    The posts in this article are borderline insane. Simple logic, and thinking before you write is all it takes guys. Unless you really don’t know the game or know this years Pens team well. I would like to think people that post in here are smarter than this, and know the game a bit better..

  9. steelhammer92 - May 25, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Pens have dominated the Bruins for the past several years now.. I don’t know why people think that will change all of a sudden. They’re too fast for Boston and have too much skill. They can also match Boston physically. Rask is doing well, but he’s not playing like Howard or Quick. He’s not going to steal a series. Pens in 5.

  10. buysamadrink - May 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Before all the Penguin haters crown the Bruins Eastern Conference Champs, maybe we should wait to see if they can take care of business against the Rangers first. The Rangers are only one road win away from playing game six at home. The B’s have relied very heavily on Chara all year and with each game (and 30+ minutes of ice time) he plays, he looks a step slower. Rask was awful in game four (see goals by Hagelin and Stepan). While the Rangers haven’t been very good in this series, Lundqvist is capable of stealing a game at any time. Bottom line… the Bruins still have work to do.

  11. bru308 - May 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Ha the Islanders series? You are using that as an excuse to pick the Bruins?

    The Bruins were 5 minutes away from elimination at the hands of the Maple Leafs.

    Pens in 5.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - May 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Keep on hatin, haters. Pens in six. Nobody, and I mean nobody,can match-up with them. One, two games maybe, but a 7 game series ? Start engraving the Cup !

  13. malkinrulez - May 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I see a common thread, whoever Pens play they will lose due to the other teams d and goaltender , when Pens win they were gifted the game by the refs.

  14. colossal87 - May 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    The Franchise and Lord Sidney will sweep the Conf finals regardless of who they play. 8 more games till the best looking team in NHL history hoists the hardware.

    • capsrockva - May 25, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      really get real crybaby and the rest of the dirty players that are the Pens, especially cooke, ( who should’ve been suspended)

  15. colbysflow - May 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Bruins slapping Penguins

  16. capsrockva - May 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I hated that that dam game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope someone eliminates the dam Pens

  17. steelcity412 - May 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Capscock you sound like the little whiny baby . Keep hating on the pens but te fact if the matter is no one is going to stop them . Wasn’t rask a backup goalie for a better part of his career and the fact that Tim Thomas took a hiatus ?!? Vokun was a starter last year until he got injured for the caps , he could be a starting goaltender for a lot of other teams but he wanted a chance to win a cup and he’s 8 wins away .

  18. tgfinn - May 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Pittsburgh at its best is better than any other team in the league by 2 goals. To finish the point, if Boston plays its best and Pittsburgh plays its best, Boston has no chance. The series will be lucky to go 5. Of course, that doesn’t mean Boston doesn’t have a chance… if they’re hot, they’re going to win a game or two. But if Pittsburgh keeps up its current play, Boston is no match. By the way, they were no match to Pittsburgh all year. 0-3.

  19. tgfinn - May 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Pittsburgh at its best is better than any other team in the league by 2 goals. To finish the point, if Boston plays its best and Pittsburgh plays its best, Boston has no chance. The series will be lucky to go 5.

  20. tgfinn - May 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Pittsburgh at its best is better than any other team in the league by 2 goals.

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