- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 9, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT MELLON ARENA

PITTSBURGH - The Penguins’ pregame production lags far behind that of the Capitals and New York Rangers.

When both teams came on the ice for warmups, there was only a smattering of boos (Caps) or applause (Penguins), and there was nowhere near the number of fans in their seats like at Verizon Center and Madison Square Garden….

A cool aspect of Pittsburgh playoff hockey is outside the arena. In a pavilion-type area, fans who don’t have tickets gather with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to watch the game on a scoreboard-size screen. This has become common, except when NBC does the game. The Peacock barred the Penguins from showing the game outside; they need all the Nielsen rating points they can get. …

Pittsburgh fans are living in the present when it comes to their choice of sweaters. Only Mario Lemieux’s No. 66 and Phil Bourque’s No. 29 were noticeable among former players in the level below the press box. Current players were Nos. 87 (Sidney Crosby), 71 (Evgeni Malkin), 55 (Sergei Gonchar), 17 (Petr Sykora), 14 (Chris Kunitz), 11 (Jordan Staal) and 58 (Kris Letang).

- Ryan O’Halloran

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Goals allowed by Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov on Friday, the most he has surrendered in a game this postseason.

THREE STARS

Max Talbot

His goal with 5:14 left pushed lead to 5-3

Sidney Crosby

Posted a goal and an assist

Marc-Andre Fleury

Settled down after early goal to make 19 saves

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