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Penguins have steep hill to climb

Updated: April 15, 2012, 11:12 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- The difference in math terms between a series being tied 1-1 and being 2-0 seems small, as small as can be.

But ask the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks and you will know that such an equation represents the steepest of climbs and solving that equation will take a monumental effort in the coming days.

Both teams were considered favorites to at least emerge from the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs if not march all the way to the final confrontation. ...

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