Young Penguins 'have no fear'

CHRIS STEVENSON, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

The Pittsburgh Penguins have some weaknesses, but fear isn't one of them.

Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien, who has helped lead the Pens from last in the Eastern Conference last year to a 105-point season, said he likes his team's youthful aggressiveness.

Maybe they just don't know any better.

"They've got no fear. That's the scary part of our team," said Therrien. "We have no fear. The second half of the season, they're saying a veteran team will have more success, it's more of a man's game. You know what? The second half of the season this is where we're at our best.

"Because we have no fear, we got better and better. I like the atmosphere with our team ... we're still learning."

The Penguins will be in Ottawa on Wednesday to open their first-round playoff series against the Senators, the first ever between the two clubs.

NERVES NOT PROBLEM

Based on what he's seen from his club over this season, Therrien said he's not expecting nerves to be an issue with his young team.

Fifteen Penguins players will be playing their first playoff game Wednesday night.

"It's a totally different game in the playoffs," said Therrien. "The emotion is there. What I like about this team is when the emotion is there, this is when we're at our best. Sometimes for a team when the emotion is there, they get tight.

"For us, through he course of the season when we have to play emotional games, this is where our team was at our best."


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