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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Penguins senior director of team services and media relations Frank Buonomo spent the past two days arranging lodging and ticket distribution for players and coaches, who are being inundated with requests from family and friends.

Most of them, anyway. Center Evgeni Malkin said his parents "probably won't come" to the United States for the Cup final.

"They will watch in Russia," Malkin said. "Long trip from there."

Malkin's parents have made two trips overseas to watch him play in the NHL.

Practice plans

The Penguins did not practice Tuesday, opting instead for meetings at Mellon Arena. They will practice today, Thursday and Friday morning before leaving early that afternoon for Detroit.

Too young to know better

The team's younger players did not show signs of nervousness - confirming a suspicion first raised by Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella that the Penguins simply lack the collective experience necessary to understand the pressure that comes with the playing in the Stanley Cup final.

"When you don't have (experience), it's, like, what does it change?" coach Michel Therrien said. "There's no fear in our dressing room right now, and one of the reasons is we don't know (fear)."


6 -- Players on the current Penguins roster to have played in a Stanley Cup final.

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