Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head

The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step and the Penguins look to take that first step tonight against Ottawa.

One really can't stress how important the opening stanza might be; not only just to set the tone but for the players. Ottawa is experienced but somewhat teetering, with injuries and unsettled goaltending. Pittsburgh is clearly on the upswing but memories of being easily dispatched last year by this club must be in their head.

The Pens have won 19 of their past 24 home games and the crowd will surely be rocking tonight. In that opening "push", the Penguins have to establish themselves as the superior team. If they can do so and punch a few goals in quickly, the wheels may fall off Ottawa's bus.

It should be a high energy, spirited and great game. The Sens know they have to weather the early storm and might just try to hold on; a perfect chance for Pittsburgh to press harder and try to create an early advantage.

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