Penguins-Panthers: Pittsburgh Fails to Clinch Playoff Berth in Florida

WoooooSenior Writer IApril 5, 2009

TORONTO - JANUARY 31:  Mark Eaton #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on January 31, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

As soon as FSN opened its' telecast of the game with a shot of a bunch of flamingos chilling outside of an ice hockey arena in Florida, you knew you were in for two and a half of the longest hours of your life.

Tomas Vokoun didn't disappoint. Two games this weekend, two unreal performances by goaltenders who are looking to put their subpar hockey teams' playoff hopes on their shoulders and get to the promised land.

Bottom line, whoever gets Florida or Carolina in the first round of the playoffs only needs to worry about one positional player: the goaltender.

Geno was held scoreless for the second game in a row. OVugly had two points today, putting him within four of Malkin in the race for the Ross.

On the bright side of things, the secondary scoring continued for the Pens, as Pascal Dupuis and Mark Eaton each tallied goals in the game.

Secondary scoring is beyond necessary to win a playoff series, but, there has to be some balance of scoring from your star players and scoring from your role players.

That didn't happen today, and the result was a pretty predictable one.

From here on out, it's win and you're in for the Pens.

Considering they've got two games against the cellar-dwellers of the Eastern Conference coming up, you'd like to think they'll have a playoff berth clinched before the middle of next week.

However, Tampa will probably call up some guy from the ECHL and he'll make 50 saves in a 2-1 victory and Penguin-killer Richard Park will score seven goals to propel the Isles past the Pens on fan appreciation night at the Mellon, because let's face it, after all the ups and downs of this season, would you really expect anything less?

To top it all off, tomorrow is Monday. Balls.

Don't count your chickens before you make scrambled eggs or something like that.

Let's Go Pens!