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The power of Penguins' duo, Guerin's resurgence, Canes' no-name defense

Updated: May 24, 2009, 7:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some Sunday musings in the middle of the Eastern Conference finals:

1. Coming into this series, the Carolina Hurricanes played 14 playoff games and the Pittsburgh Penguins 13. So, how come the Penguins look fresh as a daisy and the Canes look lost, a half-step slower?

One reason may be the fact the Penguins were forced to go to with seven defensemen by the Sergei Gonchar injury in Game 4 of their second-round series against Washington. That, ...

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