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Another round, please
May 2, 2009 - John Mehno
The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is underway with the Penguins in Washington to start the best-of-seven series.
This one should be just as passionate as Flyers-Penguins was, but this series has more star power, thanks to Washingon's Alex Ovechkin. He and the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin seem to have settled their differences, which would be good for their well-being. Before the truce, they seemed to be intent on running each through the boards. What was the reason? Professional jealousy? Competing for the attention of a shapely Svetlana in the home land? No one knew, but they brought a lot of energy and emotion to their meetings.
No matter how they feel about each other, this will be another hard-hitting series. I'm saying it goes the limit, seven games, with the Penguins winning, despite Washington's home-ice advantage.
The Penguins' edge should come in goaltending, with Marc-Andre Fleury. Yes, the Penguins were up and down against the Flyers, but that wasn't a function of Fleury's play. The Capitals rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in games against the New York Rangers, and that hole was created mostly by spotty goaltending.
So sit back and watch the collisions. It should be an entertaining series.