Pens Take Stranglehold in Series

By winning Game 3 in Raleigh 6-2 over the Hurricanes.  As you would figure the ‘Canes came out storming in the opening minutes and got the game’s first goal.  But the Pens responded quickly to tie it, and 2 huge goals the final minute of the 1st period gave them a firm working margin.  Carolina scored quickly again in the 3rd but the Pens didn’t panic, and got a safer margin again on Fedotenko’s goal just after the halfway point.  Both teams, but especially the Pens, played with incredible energy all night, and Geno Malkin has been everywhere making great play after great play.

So now the Pens will look for the closeout in Game 4 Tuesday night in Raleigh.  And this is where it gets interesting.  In the Crosby Era, the Pens have never been able to win their first attempt at closing out a series.  For what its worth, they also prevented Detroit from closing them out the first night the Cup was in the building last June.  Its just hard to match the desperate energy the other team plays with trying to avoid the end of their season.  We’ll see if the Pens can do it Tuesday.

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