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First-round breakdown: Pens-Lightning

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:30 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

It is more than a little hard to get your head around this first playoff meeting between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

First, there is the absence (or presumed absence) of Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby. Although he's been skating for a month or so, Crosby remains several steps away from being game-ready as he tries to recover from a concussion that has sidelined him since Jan. 6. No one exactly knows what that means in terms of the playoff calendar, but it seems ...

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