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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
History doesn't favor Penguins in these Cup finals


PITTSBURGH -- We love history. The Penguins do not.

Of the 32 home teams that have opened the Stanley Cup finals with two straight wins, only the 1971 Chicago Blackhawks could not close the deal. They allowed the Montreal Canadiens to come back and win the series in seven games. The other 31 teams all went on to win the Cup.

Poor Mark Eaton
He didn't even get on the ice prior to Game 2 before getting kicked in the face while playing pregame soccer. He would not divulge who actually booted him in the nose, but he was seen with rolls of gauze sticking out of both nostrils before the game.

"Just one of those casualties of soccer. No big deal. I got my head a little too low where it should be," Eaton said.

As for the mood in the dressing room, apart from his sore nose, Eaton said his teammates seem to be relaxed.

"Everybody knows the status of the situation at hand, but I don't think it causes any added nervousness," Eaton said. "We just need to take from our experience of the second round against Washington. It was the same scenario, we needed to return home and come up with a big win and we were able to do that in an overtime game nonetheless."

Mellon memories
Although he wasn't physically present, Nicklas Lidstrom has fond memories of the NHL draft held at Mellon Arena back in 1989, when the Wings selected him with the 53rd pick.

"I didn't come here for the draft, but I remember being anxious about it," the six-time Norris Trophy winner said. "They told me to wait by the phone back home in Sweden and I did. I did get a call on a Saturday night, but I was anxious and very happy to get drafted."