Penguins notebook: Pens-Sens to open Tuesday at Consol
By Josh Yohe and Kevin Gorman
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:21 p.m.
The Penguins will open the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators.
It remains unknown when the rest of the series will take place. The NHL will release that information tonight following the conclusion of the first round. Toronto plays at Boston in a Game 7 at 7 p.m., and the New York Rangers play at Washington in a Game 7 at 8 p.m.
The Penguins went 3-0 against Ottawa this season.
Who's in goal?
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma refused to discuss the lineup, thereby declining to name a starting goaltender for Game 1. Vokoun could make his third consecutive start in place of Fleury. Penguins players professed no preference over who's in goal.
“I'm not going to start making coaches' decisions. That's up to the coach,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “We have confidence in both guys, no matter who it is. They've both proven, no matter where they've been, for a long time that they're more than capable of doing a great job in there. We feel very comfortable with either one as players, but it's not up to us to decide who goes in the net.”
Keeping the facemask
Crosby will continue to wear the facemask fitted for his helmet to protect his broken jaw indefinitely. He said that it hasn't bothered him on face-offs but can make it difficult to pick up the puck on hard passes.
“It would be nice to get it off eventually,” Crosby said, “but it hasn't been a huge problem, and I got a couple close calls in the Islanders series with the puck anyways, so maybe I should keep it on a little bit longer.”
Penguins players were surprised to learn that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk took to Twitter to publicly bash Penguins fans, calling them “classless” for using foul language on some of their tweets.
“I don't have Twitter, so I don't know what goes on on that thing,” Penguins center Brandon Sutter said. “I don't know what he said. It's completely irrelevant for us. I don't think it really matters. There's a hockey game to be played, and the owner doesn't have anything to do with it.”
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