Capitals-Penguins: Time To Pull Those Belts Up Tight One More Time!

Zach EvansContributor IApril 29, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 24:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates the puck past Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

"We're playing Pittsburgh. Welcome to the circus."

Those were Bruce Boudreau's words to the media about playing Pittsburgh after the Capitals had defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in game seven. And what a circus it will be.

High-Flying Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Offense against offense, both have the ability to play strong defense.

The key to the series as in almost every NHL playoff series: Goaltending.

Rookie Simeon Varlamov, who went 4-2 with a 1.17 GAA and .952 save percentage, faces off against Marc-Andre Fleury (4-2, 2.39 GAA and .922 save percentage).

You can't have any more hype for this one then there will be. Heck, I wish it was Saturday already so I can make the trek up to Verizon Center to cheer on the Caps.

Every time Ovechkin and Malkin are on the ice, they will try to do out do each other. Semin and Crosby going head-to-head, is a match-up of great magnitude ever since the infamous, "What's so special about Crosby" bit from Semin.

This playoff series will be one of the most watched and memorable in recent memories. For our sake...GO CAPS!!! PENS SUCK!!


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