Pittsburgh leads series 3-1.
This one is huge for both teams. The Rangers, obviously, because a loss would send them home. The Pens, because they don't want to go back to New York for a Game 6.
Jagr doesn't seem to mind breaking the unspoken rules of discussing the series. It's okay to think about the next round, I guess, but to actually talk about it on the record?
"I know I'm thinking too far ahead, on the other side, how much confidence would it give you if you do it, for the next round? That would be probably huge. Then you would go to the series with a 1-0 lead already."
Probably not the smartest thing he ever said. He's right, in that you'd get a huge confidence boost, but if I'm the Pens, that quote is on the bulletin board. Jaromir seems to feel that this series is wrapped up somehow...
Talbot may or may not play today. He skated yesterday on his own. I think his absence is really felt out there. The fourth line suddenly becomes MUCH slower when it is comprised of Laraque, Hall and Roberts. That probably limits when Therrien can put them out there.
Today is a day for the big guns to step up and propel the Pens into the next round for a match up with Philly.
Let's Go Pens!