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Penguins still dealing with bad Mellon ice

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By The The Tribune-Review
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Poor ice conditions at Mellon Arena have been a point of contention all season for the Penguins, and it hasn't improved in the postseason.

"In the morning there was no crowd and there was no heat and it was pretty bad," Penguins forward Maxime Talbot said. "Both teams have to play on it, and it's not an advantage for either team."

In the regular season the Penguins finished 26-10-5 for the best home record in the Eastern Conference.

Pens scratch four

The Penguins scratched defenseman Darryl Sydor, center Jeff Taffe, center Adam Hall and right wing Kris Beech.

Murray doesn't back down

Ottawa coach Bryan Murray didn't back down from his assertion that the Penguins deliberately tanked their season finale in Philadelphia so they could play Ottawa in the first round. But he certainly added a comedic twist when asked about in on Wednesday prior to Game 1.

"I guess I just had a bad TV," Murray said. "It probably was that."

Bettman in attendance

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance at Mellon Arena and sat in the stands before heading to the owner's box to visit with Mario Lemieux in the second period. He also addressed the media between the first and second periods.

Outdoor viewing

For fans who want to feel the playoff atmosphere but don't have tickets to the game, there is a 12-by-16 television outside of Gate 3 at Mellon Arena that will carry the FSN Pittsburgh broadcast of Games 1 and 2.

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