Around the Net – an afternoon skate around the league

Around the Net – your afternoon skate around the league…

The Penguins are in Ottawa and getting ready for their game three match-up with the Senators. I am sure most of you are getting ready for the game as well… determining where you will watch the game and figuring out what you can do to push the Penguins to another victory! Don’t forget to consider the NHL Tweetup that is going on at the TGIFriday’s down at the Waterfront for tonight’s game. Friday’s is an official sponsor of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the site has hosted many official viewing parties… There is a giant bar area with plenty of big screens so that you can get a good view of the game from anywhere in the room! If you are in the ‘burgh, I hope to see you there!

If you missed my update on the Penguins practice yesterday and their line-up for tonight, you can check it out here.

Now on to Around the Net… your afternoon skate around the league. This will be a bit of a condensed version that pretty much just recaps the Pens and last night’s action.

First off, here is a piece from the Post Gazette that talks about how popular a venue the Consol Energy Center is sure to be. It has already booked a couple of high profile tours that would have surely passed on Pittsburgh in the past. Proof that the new venue will definitely impact the region for more than just hockey…

Consol sure to attract high profile acts

Dave Molinari tells us that Poni is hunting for goals… the Penguins high profile trade acquisition hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire since his arrival in Pittsburgh and it is weighting on the native of Kiev. He wants to get it going…and get it going now!

Poni hopes to get things revved up!

Ron Cook jumps on the “defending Fleury band wagon” by chiding Pittsburgh fans for their Bronx cheer of Fleury on Friday night. Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. Those same fans were chanting his name later that same night… athletes need to take the good with the bad and Marc started the playoffs pretty poorly… when he allowed a goal just :18 seconds into game two, the building started to fear the worst…thus the Bronx cheer upon his first “semi-save” of the night. As a Pens season ticket holder told me: “When Ron Cook starts paying for my ticket, he can tell me how to behave in the Mellon Arena.”

Cook says fans should feel SHAME

The Ottawa Citizen wants to know who amongst the Sens will light the team on their shoulders, as Sidney Crosby did for the Penguins on Friday night…

Who will Jitterbug for the Sen?

Joe Starkey gives us this piece about the “Superstar” Max Talbot. I know that we all hate the talk about a proverbial switch that flips for the playoffs, but Max is one guy who indeed seems to have one. Talbot plays some of his best and most clutch hockey at this time of the year and his game two was one of his best of the season.

Superstar shines in April

Jay McKee came to Pittsburgh hoping to compete for a Stanley Cup Championship…he will get his first chance to contribute to that goal tonight in Ottawa when he is expected to take Jordan Leopold’s place in the line-up.

McKee ready to contribute

The Los Angeles Kings and Anze Kopitar found a way to knock off the Vancouver Canucks in overtime last night… Kopitar wouldn’t not be denied on the game winning goal…knocking home his own rebound.

Kings tie series at 1-1

Bruins even series with the Sabres… while Sabres lose Thomas Vanek to an injury…

Bruins even series with Sabres

Nick Backstrom scored the goal that allowed an entire city to collectively exhale, as the Capitals roared back from a 4-1 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime…

Caps even series on Backstrom OT winner

More later…