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I'm disappointed. Sad. And I think the Pens got exactly what they deserved.

My tag line for the Pens for the last five years has been "Believe." And last year at this time, I still believed. Couldn't wait till October when we'd have (what I expected to be) "a completely healthy roster." It wasn't to be, of course, but it seemed that the ship righted itself at just the right time, making us the Cup favorites.

Now it's over. My earrings are back in the box, awaiting next season. And for the first time in years, I think I have a new tag line for this team.

"Prove it."

Prove that the fans who cheer you till they're hoarse, who spend a good percentage of their income on tickets, apparel and merchandise, who BELIEVE in you -- prove that their faith is warranted.

Prove that Sidney is still the best in the world. Prove that Geno is, too. Prove that Flower can not only win, but put his stats up against any goalie in the league. Prove that Dan Bylsma's up-tempo, high-energy system is first and foremost a blueprint for keeping the puck far far from your own net.

Starting this summer, commit yourselves to proving that you're the best. For the last five years, I have believed in you. Prove that I'm not wrong.
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I believed.

I still believe.

But the Pens aren't going to be traveling to DC in a few days to take on the number one seed in the East. The Lightning are.

The power play problems we had all year? They cost us the series.

Now, no disrespect to Dwayne Roloson -- he never lost his composure, and he was the sole reason we aren't facing the Caps. And the Lightning defense was smothering and frustrating.

But all the injuries to key players may just be the opportunity the Pens needed to build for the future. Because of Sid's and Geno's half-season salaries being slid right off the cap, we were able to deal for young talented winger James Neal. Now he took a ton of criticism, but all I have been able to think about since the playoffs started was how good he'll look after a full camp, teamed with Sid the playmaker.

I entered this playoff year in a most unusual situation: excited for the postseason possibilities, yet thrilled with the idea of having a complete healthy roster in October.

That second idea is my comfort now.
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(This is why I don't do NaNoWriMo. I can't do anything on schedule for a month.)

When I looked over this meme, the only entry I didn't even want to bother with was this one. It's like picking flowers. Roses or lilacs? Azeleas or morning glory? I love them all. So, to keep my interest, we're just gonna do a lineup, rather than a full roster.

Dream Lineup )
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Oops. Got so busy watching the Pens last night that I forgot to post. So I'll get back on track this way: Day Three this morning before I head to work, Day Four at some point tonight.

I really went back and forth on this one. I love that there are unofficial 'rules' for an activity that is not a legal play on the ice -- hell, I love that fighting exists in hockey and hasn't been pushed out as it has in other sports.

I also love the handshake line at the end of a playoff series. In fact, it's the moment I particularly want to watch on TV between any two teams.

But the tradition that stands out for me revolves around this:

That shiny silver Cup, not the shiny French defenseman )
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See this fine specimen of man?

That's him now, but this pic is more appropriate:

Number Ten in your program, Number One in your heart... )
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OK, before we move on, I decided to totally yoink this meme from [ profile] belial, once I realized I could end up hijacking her entries with my own long comments.

So no one who knows me or reads my LJ could mistake the fact that I love these boys:

Cut to save my flist )
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That being said, at the moment, Cooke earns my white-hot wrath. He plays too close to the edge, and no matter how much talent he has or how well he does his job, once in a while he makes the dumbest decision possible.

All the media in the hockey world can talk about is head shots. All they want to know is when Sid will recover from his head shot-induced concussion and return to the lineup. So, of course, Matt Cooke will lose his mind and throw a People's Elbow into the face of Ryan McDonagh.

How could such a nice guy turn into such an awful excuse for a human being in milliseconds? By his thoughtlessness, he has heaped shame on an organization and on a fanbase that has shown him nothing but respect.

All I can think of to end my rant is an adulterated quote from Fast Times at Ridgemont High:

"You know, Matt Cooke, I always stick up for you. They say oh, Matt Cooke that cheapshot artist - and they say that a lot. I say oh, no you just don't know Matt Cooke. I mean when they call you an idiot, I say Matt Cooke's not an idiot. Well, you know something? Maybe they know you pretty good. Maybe I'm just starting to find out."
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I am tired of riding the 'Which Penguin Will Get Hurt Tonight?' Speeding Locomotive Of Doom. First, all but a handful of our forwards ended up on the shelf, and now, the Reaper has begun his assault on our defensemen. The only silver lining that I can see coming from this is that the Pens now firmly believe that no amount of adversity is stronger than they are. I am so damned proud of them -- win or lose, they never stop battling and working.

I suppose that it's also good that enough cap money has been freed up so that Ray could swing the Neal/Niskanen trade -- no way that happens if Geno or Sid stayed healthy. But now? All you injured guys, get better liek nao. I can't wait to see what a complete team does with the quadruple dose of adversity they've been force-fed!
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If you could see me, you'd be looking at one very happy woman. My Beloved Penguins are not relocating to Kansas City or Las Vegas! The deal is done!!

My thoughts and ramblings )

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