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Ready for Game 5


The Penguins are getting ready for the opening face-off of Game 5, and they will do so with forwards Bill Guerin and Mike Rupp – a pair with a powerful net-front presence – back in the lineup and disappointments Ruslan Fedotenko and Alexei Ponikarovsky as healthy scratches.
The Penguins can only hope to improve their 2-3 playoff record at Mellon Arena, considering their 5-0 road record was snapped with a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at Bell Centre, which evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.
Part of the problem in Montreal is that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn’t scored a goal at Bell Centre since his rookie debut there in 2006.
So the Penguins are trying to solve that slump for Crosby, who has gone five games without a goal.
For the Penguins’ four French-Canadians, Montreal was a mixed homecoming.
But they did enjoy the celebration of hockey in the boisterous playoff atmosphere at Bell Centre.



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