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Answering the Bell


The Penguins return to Canada with a 1-1 split in their best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference semifinal, a similar scenario from their first-round rumble with the Ottawa Senators.
This time, the Pens are in the hockey capital at Montreal’s Bell Center.
We’re left wondering if this is going to be another case of Capital punishment, after the way the Habs handled Washington.
Montreal managed to beat the Penguins in Game 2 the same way they beat the Capitals, proving that their rope-a-dope style is no fluke.
TSN’s Ben Valentine wonders what happened between Game 1 and Game 2.’s Daren Eliot shares the secret to Jaroslav Halak’s success.’s Kostya Kennedy wonders if the Habs are destiny’s darlings.
While the Penguins enjoy being on the right side of a love-hate relationship with Matt Cooke, they certainly weren’t counting on him to be one of their top goal-scorers.
Then again, no one was expecting Mike Cammalleri to give the Pens such fits in that department.
Or Sidney Crosby to go scoreless in Game 2.
After showing signs of frustration, Crosby will face a media crush in Montreal that will magnify his every move.
But ESPN’s Scott Burnside says this trip is a sort of homecoming for some Penguins.



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