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First-period report: It's the Malkin and Crosby show again

Updated: May 23, 2009, 8:53 PM ET
By Scott Burnside

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Holy shockers, Batman.

I'm not sure what is more incredible, the fact the Pittsburgh Penguins scored two goals in the last 42.2 seconds of the first period to take a 3-1 lead, or the fact there is a strong Pittsburgh presence in the jam-packed RBC Center.

When Evgeni Malkin cruised in from the corner and deftly jammed home his second of the period, a throng of Penguins fans, many carrying Pittsburgh Steelers terrible towels, took up a chant far more familiar ...

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