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4 keys to the series

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

There are many storylines to watch during the Pens-Caps Second Round series. Michelle Crechiolo did a great job of laying them all out right here. But hockey games are won on the micro level. It's the accumulation of small moments that equal results in tightly contested playoff contests.

Here are 4 things to keep on eye on as the games and this series unfolds. 

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Round 2 Series Storylines: Penguins vs. Capitals

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, the NHL's top two teams from the regular season, will play each other in the Second Round of the postseason for the second straight year.

This marks the first time in the shootout era (since 2005-06) and the first time since the 2001 Stanley Cup Final that the NHL's top two regular-season teams will meet in a playoff series.

Here's a look at some of the biggest storylines…

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Quote Roundup: Facing the Caps

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens finally know who their next opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs is. They will play the Washington Capitals in the Second Round for a second-straight season.

It's shaping up to be an incredible series, as the Caps finished the regular season with an NHL-best 118 points to win their second straight Presidents' Trophy while the Pens came in second overall with 111 points.

After practice on Monday, the Pens shared their thoughts on facing the Caps…

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Pens Report: 04.24.17

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Chris Kunitz and Chad Ruhwedel practiced with the team for a second straight day on Monday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, this time wearing regular full-contact jerseys after wearing yellow no-contact jerseys on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Sullivan said they will be game-time decisions for Game 1 of the Second Round against Washington, set for Thursday at Verizon Center. And making those lineup decisions, Sullivan added, will be difficult ones.

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Destiny brings Pens, Caps together

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here we go again. 

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Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon A Finalist for Kraft Hockeyville USA

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

The Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon is one of two finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017 competition.

Online voting continues through tomorrow (Tuesday, April 25), as Rostraver competes with the Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington, MN for the title of "Hockeyville" and $150,000 in arena upgrades. The winning rink also will host an NHL preseason game in September.

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Pouliot, WBS Penguins Pull Out 6-5 OT Win to Even First-Round Series

David Warsofsky and Kevin Porter both post four-point games

by Nick Hart @WBSPenguins / Media Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Derrick Pouliot's goal at 7:49 of overtime was the difference, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won a thriller, 6-5, over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Dunkin' Donuts Center.

 Pouliot picked up a loose puck and skated through the neutral zone, eventually banking a shot off of the back of goaltender Zane McIntyre to even the best-of-five series 1-1. Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday night back in Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins controlled much of the play in the early going, outshooting the Bruins 18-9 in the first period, but couldn't beat netminder Zane McIntyre during the opening frame.

That changed quickly in an offense-filled second period.

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Penguins-Capitals Second Round Playoff Series to Begin on April 27

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The NHL's top-two teams from the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, will meet in the Second Round of the playoffs for the second-straight year. Game One is scheduled for this Thursday, April 27 at 7:30PM at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and it will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

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Pens Report: 4.23.17

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Winger Chris Kunitz and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel returned to team practice on Sunday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex wearing yellow no-contact jerseys.

"When Chad and Kuni are joining us in practice they are that much closer," head coach Mike Sullivan said afterward. "That's really encouraging from our standpoint."

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Pens Report: 04.22.17

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens had an off-ice workout on Saturday afternoon at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Here's what to takeaway from the day…

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