Expectations are much higher, but these Penguins are ready
PITTSBURGH -- Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were like a box full of puppies. Cute, cuddly, with the promise of something bigger, something with more snarl, more bite in the offing. But, in the end, a box full of puppies.
On this Tuesday morning, on the eve of a second straight playoff date with the Ottawa Senators, that box has long been kicked aside, and we're about to see whether this team has indeed grown from cuddly to killer.
"I've seen a lot of good teams ...
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2008 NHL PLAYOFFS
After a wild race to the finish, the NHL playoffs are set. Heading into Wednesday's opening night, Scott Burnside previews the first round:
• No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 8 Boston
• No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa
• No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
• No. 4 New Jersey vs. No. 5 New York Rangers
• Vote: What are your first-round picks?