Crosby dispels critics with playoff goals
So much for the knock on Penguins center Sidney Crosby that he can't score goals. Crosby's sixth goal of the playoffs, scored Monday in the first period of Game 2 of a second-round series at Washington, came on his 30th shot — a 20-percent success rate. In 20 playoff games last season Crosby scored six goals on 59 shots — a 10.2 percent success rate.
Have at it
The Penguins are not expected to stand in the way of assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher if he is offered the vacant GM job with Minnesota. The Penguins, per club policy, do not address player or personnel issues regarding potential movement during the Stanley Cup playoffs; however, Fletcher is reportedly a strong favorite to replace Doug Risebrough with the Wild. Fletcher could interview with Minnesota by week's end. TV analyst and former Penguins assistant coach Pierre McGuire is also a leading contender for the Minnesota GM post.
Capitals defenseman Tyler Sloan made his NHL playoffs debut in Game 2. He replaced injured defenseman John Erskine (undisclosed) and was paired with defenseman Brian Pothier. Sloan was recalled late Sunday from Hershey of the AHL, which is facing the Penguins' affiliate at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Wingers Eric Godard and Miroslav Satan joined defenseman Philippe Boucher as Penguins scratches last night. Godard is the only player with the Penguins yet to appear in the playoffs. Along with Erskine, defensemen Karl Alzner and Jeff Schultz, left winger Donald Brashear (suspension) and center Michael Nylander were scratches. Alzner was also recalled Sunday from Hershey of the AHL.
Take that, Tomlin
Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh attended Game 2 along with their families. Both football coaches donned red Capitals sweaters and were shown on the video board. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has attended several Penguins over his two seasons in Pittsburgh, including a few in the 2008 playoffs. There is no word if Tomlin will attend Game 3 at Mellon Arena on Wednesday.
The Capitals have allowed their opponents to score first in three consecutive games and in five of nine playoff contests. They were 2-2 in those contests prior to Game 2. The Penguins were 2-1 in the playoffs when scoring first before last night.
The Penguins and KISS-FM (96.1) will hold a scavenger hunt at 10:30 a.m. today. Clues are available via Twitter , a micro-blogging Web site. Followers have a chance to win tickets to Game 3; several pairs will be given away. Fans with Twitter accounts can participate by following 'pghpenguins,' 'freakshowmikey' and 'FSBigBob.'
By the numbers
9 — Times the Penguins have lost Game 3 at home in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series. They have won Game 3 at home on seven occasions.
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