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Notebook: Pens Keep On Winning

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Penguins continue to find a way to win – even when they are not at their best.

Pittsburgh extended its playoff success Sunday night with a 4-2 win over the Flyers at Mellon Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

While the Penguins never trailed in the game, they know the contest wasn’t their best performance.

“I don’t think we played really well,” Penguins winger Marian Hossa said. “But, the main thing is we found a way to win in the end and that’s huge for our team and we just have to learn a lesson and be better for next game.”

The Penguins moved to 10-1 in the postseason, including 7-0 on home ice – a franchise record for consecutive wins in one playoff year. The previous mark of six was set in 1992 as the Penguins won their last six home games of those playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup.

Overall, this Penguins squad has won 15-straight home games and is 16-0-2 in its last 18 home contests. The Penguins’ last home loss came nearly three months ago – Feb. 24 against San Jose in a shootout, 2-1.

SELLOUT STREAK GROWING

The Penguins’ game Sunday night drew another sold-out crowd of 17,132. It marks the 63rd-straight sellout for the franchise.

The team sold out the last 13 regular season games and both playoff contests in 2006-07, plus all 41 regular-season home games this year and all seven home playoff dates so far.

FLOWER KEEPS BLOOMING

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was solid between the pipes once again. He made 30 saves against the Flyers in Game 2 to earn his NHL-best 10th win of the postseason.

The only two goals he allowed Sunday night came on Jeff Carter’s power-play one-timer and Mike Richards’ shorthanded breakaway.

“Well, when there were some breakdowns, again Marc-Andre was really good,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “He gave us a chance to win. Since we started the playoffs, he’s one of the biggest reasons why we’ve had success. He was sharp again.”

PENS TV ON DEMAND

The third episode of “Road to the Cup,” featuring Penguins broadcasters Mike Lange and Phil Bourque, is now available at no additional cost to all Comcast digital cable customers. To access the program, fans may select the “Your Town” category from the On Demand menu and then the “Sports/Pens TV/Playoffs” folder.

The show recapped the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and discussed the team’s Eastern Conference final series against the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the Western Conference finals.

New episodes of “Road to the Cup” will be presented throughout the Penguins’ Stanley Cup playoff run as part of the dynamic On Demand content in the Pens TV folder.

Other programming available includes:

The entire Inside Penguins Hockey inventory from this season (Shows folder).

Post-game comments from the Penguins locker room (Game Day folder)

Post-game comments from coach Michel Therrien (Game Day folder)

Memorable moments from the regular season, including the Paul Coffey Penguins Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a recap of the NHL Winter Classic (Events folder).

A “500 goals” tribute to Mario Lemieux, Mark Recchi and Joe Mullen (Team folder)

Features on the Penguins’ Summer Sticks charity golf tournament and glimpses of the Penguins in the community at Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish (Community folder).

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