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  1. #271
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    Gary Roberts returned to the lineup on Sunday.
    The veteran winger logged 12:31 of ice-time in his first game since December 29 with an ankle injury. Roberts will be rusty when the post-season begins, but will likely see only spot duty on the fourth line until his game rounds into shape.
    Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
    The Penguins gave their superstar the day off in order to give his ailing ankle a rest. He will be ready to go on Wednesday when the Penguins take on the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all but one of Philadelphia's 21 shots in the Penguins' 2-0 shutout loss to the Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
    Fleury was solid in this one but the rest of his squad let him down, as they also saw their chance at the top seed in the Eastern Conference disappear. He finishes the season with a 19-10-2 record and will now prepare to take on the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.
    Evgeni Malkin will suit up for the Penguins for the 82nd straight time on Sunday.
    The sublimely talented Russian has appeared in 159 consecutive games for Pittsburgh after missing four games with a shoulder injury in his rookie year last campaign. Malkin has notched an outstanding 47 goals and 106 points this season.
    Gary Roberts is expected to dress for the Penguins on Sunday against the Flyers.
    "I'm looking forward to it," Roberts said. "I'm excited to play, but I'm realistic at the same time. I haven't played in three months. I'm just going to try to keep it simple, get my legs under me and get back to being part of the team." The veteran forward has not played since Dec. 29 after sustaining a broken left leg and a high ankle sprain. His gritty presence and leadership should really help the Pens in the post-season.

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    Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and registered two assists as the Penguins beat the Senators 4-0 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
    Gary Roberts stepped up and scored two goals for the Penguins. It was just one less goal than he scored in 38 games with the Penguins in the regular season. Petr Sykora netted the other Penguins goal.
    Marc-Andre Fleury saved all 26 Senators shots as Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-0 in Game One of their Eastern Conference series.
    Fleury looked nothing like the goaltender who had a 3.77 GAA and .880 save percentage in Pittsburgh's playoff series against Ottawa last season. Fleury has been playing like a superstar since returning from an ankle injury. He finished the regular season with a 1.53 GAA and .947 save percentage in his last 14 games. Pittsburgh's offense has never been in question and the Penguins will be very tough to beat if Fleury doesn't cool down.

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    Darryl Sydor was a healthy scratch in game one of the playoffs.
    Sydor certainly wasn't happy about the situation, but he will likely see some action if the Penguins go on an extended playoff run. Injuries are a normal part of the post-season, as is the coaches decision to bench players for their performance.

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    Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 27 of 30 Ottawa shots to record the win in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 victory Friday night.
    Fleury was solid when he had to be but certainly had a much easier night than Martin Gerber who was peppered with 53 shots.
    Petr Sykora scored twice to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Senators in NHL playoff action Friday night.
    Pittsburgh now leads the best of seven Eastern quarterfinal series 2-0. Evgeni Malkin registered three assists, while Sidney Crosby added four helpers and Ryan Malone scored twice and recorded an assist. Sergei Gonchar scored the other Penguin goal. The outcome could have been much worse for Ottawa as the Pens outshot the Sens by an astounding 53-30. Game three is scheduled to take place Monday in Ottawa.
    Marian Hossa led Pittsburgh's attack with seven shots-on-net in game one.
    While Hossa didn't score, he did collect an assist in the victory. He and linemate Sidney Crosby are slowly forming chemistry, but it may take a few more games until the duo explodes. At least they are getting their chances, which is more than the Senators can say about Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

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    Sidney Crosby contributed four assists to Pittsburgh's 5-3 triumph over Ottawa in Game 2 of their first round playoff series on Friday night.
    Sid the Kid looked to have more pep in his step in this one and his ankle does not appear to be giving him too many problems, as he was driving hard to the net on several occasions. Three of his helpers came with the man-advantage, while the other was on Ryan Malone's empty-netter.
    Evgeni Malkin tallied three points for the second consecutive time in Pittsburgh's 5-3 victory over Ottawa in Game 2 of their first round playoff series on Friday night.
    Malkin has quite simply been the best player on the ice in both contests and is making a strong case to be considered as the league's top player. If not for some fantastic saves by Sens' netminder Martin Gerber, he could have had a couple of goals come out of his eight shots on goal but, instead, he had to settle for three assists and a win. That seems like a pretty good consolation prize.
    Gary Roberts has clearly gotten under the skin of the Ottawa Senators, much to the delight of his Penguins' squad.
    The 41-year-old antagonist seems to have a bullseye squarely on his back right now and is loving every minute of it. After a vintage two-goal effort in Game 1 that brought back eerie memories for Sens' fans of his days with the Leafs when they were perennially ousting the powerhouse Sens from the playoffs, Roberts was the target of Chris Neil's angst for almost all of his 10 minutes of ice time in Game 2. Not only has he drawn penalties but, more importantly, he has deflected attention and ire away from offensive stars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and made himself, a veteran fourth-liner, the focal point of much of Ottawa's frustrations. The Penguins wouldn't have it any other way.

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    Evgeni Malkin has been instrumental in Pittsburgh’s early playoff success
    He has averaged well over 20 minutes of ice time during this post-season, which is most of any Penguins forward, while firing a team-high 12 shots on goal, which ties him with Marian Hossa for the most. Malkin has also produced a goal and five assists, which currently leads all playoff scorers, while posting a plus-3 rating.

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    Gary Roberts missed Monday night's game against the Senators due to a groin muscle pull.
    Roberts, who missed three months of the season while recovering from a broken leg, has had problems with his groin the past few years. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 33 of 34 Ottawa shots to pace Pittsburgh to a 4-1 win over Ottawa Monday night.
    He was good when he had to be this evening and seems to be gaining confidence with each win he posts. You can bet that the Sens will throw everything they have at Fleury on Wednesday in an attempt to avoid elimination. Based on his play to date, Fleury seems up to the challenge.
    Marian Hossa scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Penguins to a crucial 4-1 victory over the Senators in NHL playoff action Monday night.
    Ottawa really needed to win Monday evening to have any hope of advancing to the next round. With the win, the Penguins are now up 3-0 in the series, and there doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason why the Sens won’t be eliminated before the week is out. Sidney Crosby, Max Talbot and Jordan Staal scored the other Pittsburgh goals, while Pascal Dupuis, Robert Scuderi, Jarkko Ruutu, Tyler Kennedy and Ryan Malone registered assists in the victory. Game four is scheduled for Wednesday in Ottawa.

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    Ryan Malone was given Tuesday's practice off for "maintenance", but coach Michel Therrien expects him to play in Game 4 on Wednesday.
    Malone has been bumped around frequently by Ottawa in the first three games of the series, which has led to him laboring towards the bench a handful of times. However, as a credit to his toughness he has not missed a shift.
    Gary Roberts is listed as doubtful for Wednesday night's game.
    The gritty veteran sat out Game 3 with a pulled groin and is consider day-to-day.

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    Gary Roberts missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury on Wednesday.
    Fortunately, the Penguins didn't need the veteran as they took care of the Senators with ease. It is hard to imagine Roberts playing much in the playoffs, as his aging body simply can't handle the rigors of the NHL anymore.

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    Gary Roberts was absent from practice on Saturday.
    The veteran forward is still nursing a sore groin, that kept him out of the lineup for Games 3 and 4 against the Senators, and is considered day-to-day.

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    Gary Roberts will be available for game one of the second round.
    Roberts missed the last two games of the first round with a strained groin. The oft-injured veteran was a force in the first two games against Ottawa, but went down with the inevitable injury. Don't expect him to remain healthy for long, but his play may be enough to help win a game or two.

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins believe that Sergei Gonchar was snubbed by the NHL for not receiving a nomination for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman.
    "There's no doubt Sergei Gonchar should be there," coach Michel Therrien said. "I'm really disappointed for him." Gonchar finished second among defensemen with 65 points this season and was a key player all year in all situations. He led all Pittsburgh players in average ice time (25:54) and was first among the team's defense corp with a plus-14 rating. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, Boston's Zdeno Chara, and Calgary's Dion Phaneuf were named the finalists for the award on Tuesday.

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    Gary Roberts is questionable for game one of the second round.
    Roberts will have a better idea of the state of his groin after practice on Thursday. We'll keep you updated on his status.

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    Gary Roberts will be a game-time decision on Friday.
    Roberts has practiced the past two days, but still hasn't declared his strained groin healthy. Pittsbrugh could use the veteran's grit and leadership against an older team in the Rangers.

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    Gary Roberts sat out his fourth straight game with a strained groin.
    The injury has actually held him out of action for two weeks now and there is no word on when he'll return. With the Penguins up 2-0 in the series with the Rangers, there is no need to rush the veteran back.

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