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    Marian Hossa is struggling mightily to score goals in the post-season.
    Despite averaging a league-high 5.83 shots-per-game, Hossa has bulged the twine only twice in six games. While he does have six points in six games, Hossa has been largely invisible on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. He still has the backing of coach Michel Therrien. "We brought him here to play with Sid, because he has the speed to play with Sid. He enables us to play a tempo game. It's not only about scoring goals," Therrien said. With the Penguins still undefeated in the playoffs, Hossa is out of harms way, but if they begin to struggle, Hossa will fill the heat.

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    Gary Roberts was a healthy scratch in Game 3 on Tuesday night, as he is recovered from his groin injury.
    The Penguins are playing so well right now that coach Michel Therrien does not want to tinker with the lineup. Roberts sat the previous four games, before Tuesday, with a sore groin. "We want Gary Roberts back in our lineup, but we need him at the right time," Therrien said. "Right now, the team is playing so well. To put Gary back in the lineup, who are we going to take out?" Adam Hall, who was inserted in place of Roberts, has played very well for Pittsburgh at both ends of the ice.

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    Gary Roberts returned to the lineup in game four.
    Roberts replaced the injured Maxime Talbot in game four. The veteran played only 7:33 and was held pointless in his return.
    Rob Scuderi played in game four despite suffering a foot injury in the previous game.
    Scuderi's foot wasn't fractured, so he sucked it up and played.
    Maxime Talbot is out with a broken foot.
    Talbot tried to skate on his foot prior to game four on Thursday, but couldn't put much pressure on it. It is unclear how long he'll be out. With Pittsburgh up 3-1 in the series with the Rangers, there is no need to rush him back.

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    Marian Hossa scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers.
    Hossa also netted a power-play goal in the second period. Hossa has fit in nicely, Despite having very little time to adjust to the Penguins and playing with Sidney Crosby during the regular season. He has been a major contributor in the playoffs with five goals and 10 points in nine games. The Penguins gave up a lot for a player who is potentially just a rental. However, Hossa may have been worth it if he continues to play at this pace and Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup. Evgeni Malkin scored the other Pittsburgh goal. Sidney Crosby assisted on both of Hossa's goals.
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 of 22 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
    Fleury allow two goals within just a 1:22 minutes span in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. He never got the opportunity to redeem himself, as the Rangers failed to get a shot on goal in the overtime period. However, Fleury's overall performance was solid and consistent with the spectacular playoff run he's been having. He now has a 1.76 GAA and .938 save percentage in nine playoff games.
    Maxime Talbot skated on his own on Saturday before the team took to the ice for practice.
    Talbot missed Game 4 with what is believed to be a broken foot. His status for Sunday's game is uncertain at this time. "He practiced on his own and he felt pretty good, so we'll see for [today]," coach Michel Therrien said. Veteran Gary Roberts played in Game 4 as a result of Talbot's injury.
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    Evgeni Malkin will look to rebound from a frustrating performance in Sunday afternoon's Game 5.
    Malkin failed to capitalize on several opportunities to score on Thursday night, including a dismal penalty shot attempt that looked as though it was taken in slow motion. He was also penalized late in the game for slew-footing Rangers' defenseman Paul Mara. Malkin has been impressive for the Penguins during these playoffs, recording 13 points in eight games, but he needs to stay out of the penalty box and finish his chances.

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    Ryan Whitney and Kristopher Letang are playing very well as Pittsburgh's third defensive pairing.
    The pair was put together prior to the second round against the Rangers. It was done to get two defensive pairings together to deal with Jaromir Jagr and the offensive Whitney and Letang were thrown together. "Putting those two guys together forces them to make sure that they are committed defensively," coach Michel Therrien said. Whitney is playing especially well with five assists in 11 games, but more importantly, owns an impressive +7 rating.
    Maxime Talbot returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing three games with a fractured foot.
    Talbot's return paid immediate dividends as he scored the game-winning goal halfway through the third period to take Pittsburgh to a 2-0 series lead over Philadelphia.
    Mark Eaton is scheduled to have an MRI this week to determine the health of his surgically repaired knee.
    Eaton had reconstructive knee surgery in late December. Even if he is cleared to play, it will be very difficult to draw back into a winning lineup. "Darryl Sydor can't get in the lineup right now. For Mark to have missed all that time..." GM Ray Shero said of Eaton. We doubt Eaton will return this season.

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    Jarkko Ruutu will not alter his shift-disturbing style despite a few diving penalties.
    Ruutu is one of the best in the league at getting under opponents' skin and drawing penalties as they retaliate against him. He continues to take those retaliations, but the referees aren't calling those as penalties in the post-season. The Flyers would be wise to ignore Ruutu completely as they cannot afford to let Pittsburgh's vaunted power-play to step onto the ice too often.

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    Gary Roberts missed Game 3 on Tuesday night due to a respiratory ailment.
    The Penguins vehemently denied earlier reports that the veteran forward was suffering from a bout of pneumonia. Adam Hall played in his spot on the Penguins fourth line.

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    Looks like it was pneumonia after all for Roberts. Saw a great line in a blog somewhere - "Gary Roberts doesn't get pneumonia, pneumonia gets Gary Roberts"

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    Marc-Andre Fleury is looking to go 8-0 at home in this year's playoffs.
    Fleury will try to eliminate the Flyers on Sunday in game five of their series. It has been an impressive spring run from the youngster, who has been inconsistent thus far in his career.
    Gary Roberts is officially out with pneumonia.
    This comes a day after Roberts denied having pneumonia and would only label his condition as a respiratory illness. "I'll just take some days here and try to get this thing to settle down. Hopefully, I'll be able to resume some activity here in the next couple days, get back to skating," Roberts said. This is unfortunate for the veteran because the Penguins are on such a magical run at the moment, but Roberts seems to be made more of glass now than muscle and bone.
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    Ryan Malone scored two goals and registered an assist in a 6-0 victory Sunday.
    Marian Hossa netted his ninth goal of the playoffs and registered three assists for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Pascal Dupuis scored the other three Penguins goals. Sidney Crosby and Max Talbot each registered two assists for the Penguins.
    Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out all 21 shots in a 6-0 victory on Sunday.
    Fleury is still undefeated at home in this year's playoffs. The Penguins have coasted to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 12-2 playoff record, and a lot of the credit belongs to Fleury. There was no doubt heading into the playoffs that Pittsburgh had a strong offense, but Fleury has been the X-factor that's taken them from a strong competitor to an almost unbeatable force. Fleury now has a 1.70 GAA and .938 save percentage in 14 playoff games.

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    Gary Roberts missed his third consecutive game due to pneumonia.
    On the bright side, Roberts practiced for the first time on Saturday since the diagnosis and hopes to be ready for the Stanley Cup final, which should commence by next weekend.
    Marian Hossa has exorcised his playoff demons with eight goals and 13 points in the past 10 games.
    Hossa now has nine goals and 19 points in 14 games this post-season. The Penguins will need his scoring once again in the final as they will take on either a high-flying Red Wing team or a gritty Star squad.

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    Gary Roberts will reportedly play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
    Roberts was upset after being kept out of Game 1 despite his belief that he was healthy. He also missed the last three games of the Eastern Conference Finals with a mild case of pneumonia. Roberts also suffered a groin injury earlier in the playoffs and he has only played in six of Pittsburgh's 15 postseason games as a result.

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    Gordie Howe, the legendary Red Wing and Hall-of-Famer, met with Sidney Crosby recently.
    "I sat down and talked to him for a little while and I was impressed because he could stare a hole through you...Unless you put two guys on him, he'll kill you in a game. Don't worry about him. He's going to be successful in the long run." Howe, aka Mr. Hockey, told Crosby not to change his game one iota. Crosby will have to do something different as he, and his teammates, have been held scoreless in the past two games.
    Evgeni Malkin failed to register a shot-on-goal in game two.
    Malkin only managed one shot in the first game. The Penguins cannot win the Cup if the Russian continues to play this poorly. He seems confounded by the trap that the Red Wings are using in the neutral zone. We'll see what he's made of in game three back in Pittsburgh.
    Ryan Malone played with a broken nose in game two of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday.
    Malone broke his nose on a thunderous hit from Detroit's Nicklas Kronwall. "It's my third broken nose. My dad (former Penguins player and head scout Greg Malone) had 14, so I've got 11 to go to catch him," Malone said. He had gauze stuffed up both nostrils for the game, and will likely do so for game three.
    Gary Roberts returned to the Penguins lineup on Monday, but it wasn't enough to help Pittsburgh.
    Roberts played almost 10 minutes, but only found his name on the score sheet under the penalty column. He racked up 14 PIMs, mostly during a brawl at the end of the game. The Penguins need as much help as they can get - we'll see if the veteran can deliver a better performance in game three back in Pittsburgh.

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    Georges Laraque was a healthy scratch for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
    Laraque was also a healthy scratch in Game 2 as Gary Roberts has taken his place in the lineup. Jeff Taffe and Kris Beech and Dany Sabourin were the other healthy scratches for the Penguins in Game 3.
    Coach Michel Therrien was pleased with the effort of Evgeni Malkin in Game 3 on Wednesday.
    "He played well," Therrien said. "He got some chances, got some quality shots. He worked really well both sides of the ice, both sides of the puck. If 'Geno' keeps playing like this, you know eventually he's going to get rewarded." Malkin played with his regular linemates Ryan Malone and Petr Sykora after Therrien switched Malone with Maxime Talbot for Game 2. Malkin was again held off the scoreboard and the Penguins need him to start scoring if they are to give the Red Wings a series the rest of the way.
    Kristopher Letang was a healthy scratch for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday.
    The rookie has played well for the Penguins throughout their Stanley Cup run this post-season, but the Penguins went with the veteran Darryl Sydor for Game 3. Expect Letang to remain in the press box for Game 4 on Saturday.
    Darryl Sydor played in his first 2008 playoff game on Wednesday.
    Sydor played 13:31 minutes on the blueline as the Penguins cut the Red Wings lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. He should remain in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 4 on Saturday as the Penguins will not want to break up the winning lineup.

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    Marian Hossa will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
    It is doubtful that Hossa will re-sign with the Penguins even though he is such a nice fit alongside Sidney Crosby. The Pens cannot afford to pay Hossa what he is worth and chances are that Hossa's agent will make sure that Hossa gets as much money as he can.
    Evgeni Malkin said he was sick during the playoffs.
    Malkin started off the post-season with 18 points in his first nine games, but only four in the last 11. "I was sick," Malkin said through an interpreter. "But I don't think it was a major factor." It was a good learning experience for Malkin and the Penguins and they figure they will be able to use the experience next season as they will compete for the Stanley Cup.
    Pascal Dupuis said that he was one of four or five Penguins to get fluids intravenously during Game 5 on Monday.
    The game went into triple overtime and a lot of players on both sides were dehydrated. Dupuis took the IV after the second period of regulation time. "I didn't feel great [after 40 minutes]," Dupuis said. "I felt like it was really hot out there. It worked out well, because I kept going." Dupuis was great for the Penguins in the regular and post-season after he was traded from the Thrashers in the Marian Hossa trade at the deadline.
    Marc-Andre Fleury came of age in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
    Fleury was outstanding in the playoffs despite giving up a couple of tough goals in Game 6. He stole a couple of games for the Penguins in the Cup finals and that should give him and his teammates a lot of confidence heading into next season. He should be a very high draft selection in fantasy drafts next year.

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