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Columnist Jan Snyder comments on the Pens/ Rangers Game Two, and weighs in on the other three 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Series. There is also talk about upgrading the donut ritual to French Pastries!

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Game One

Jan Snyder
Monday, April 28th 2008

What a fantastic game two between the Pens and Rangers on Sunday.  The two goalies shone, early and often, but Fleury was more fabulous at the end of the game.

We may have to upgrade our donuts to French pastries after the remarkable performances of some of the Pens French Canadian players. Max Talbot made some tasty plays on his shifts. Pascal Dupuis offered some delicious moves and Georges Laraque chimed in with a number of gooey hits! Kris Letang played a luscious style of defense and Marc-Andre Fleury – fantastic and flavorful! 

Ritual Playoff Donut eating occurs in tranquil Kansas backyard

This game for the Pens stressed their team concept.  The Rangers kept the big guys quiet in this game, but that gave all the others their time to shine. Jordan Staal scored on the power play and Adam Hall captured the empty netter at the end. Everyone chipped in defensively and despite some great chances offered by the Pens, Lundquist was up to the task of shutting down almost all of them – almost! 
Pictured above are Ashli and Branyn taking the first bite of their playoffs donuts after the game one victory!  Note the coordinating Crosby jerseys they are wearing at home in Kansas!
Savor donut number two – or the French pastry of your choice! 

Personally, I’d like to see the Detroit/Colorado game go to seven.  Having the opportunity to watch two classic players like Nicklas Lidstrom and Joe Sakic ply their trade is a treat to be enjoyed.  In a world where role models are few and far between, parents could be proud to have kids want to emulate these two veteran players.  I don’t ever remember hearing anything bad about either of them.  They are classy, talented, quiet – never a problem for a coach.  Both are their teams’ captains, great leaders, multiple award winners and terrific athletes.  Of course, they both have won the Cup too. Enjoy them while you can.

The Montreal/Philadelphia series is interesting on several levels.  Montreal was the cream of the crop for a good part of the season while the Flyers struggled to even make the playoffs.  Montreal has such finesse players who can rack up the points, like Kovalev, Plekanec and Koivu while Philadelphia seems to have more gritty players like the two Scotts, Upshall and Hartnell. And what can you see about each team’s fan base?  Both are rowdy, loud and not always kind to the opposition!  Let’s just leave it at that.  (I always root for the final Canadian team left in the tournament to win – this year is no different!)

The series between the Stars and the Sharks is still taking shape.  As a resident of Texas, I have to go with the Stars and hope to be able to get over there for a game – if I could find a ticket!  Modano and Thornton are two marquee players who make the games fun to watch

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