May 12, 2013
Penguins more relieved than happy
UNIONDALE, N.Y.
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik (R) is embraced by teammates Evgeni Malkin (L) and Tyler Kennedy (C) after his overtime goal against the New York Islanders during their Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference quarter-final game in Uniondale, New York, May 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - After the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the New York Islanders in Game 4 here to even their opening-round playoff series 2-2, team co-owner Mario Lemieux stood stonefaced along with other team executives outside the dressing room.

After they won Game 6 -- and the series 4-2 -- Saturday, Lemieux allowed himself a smile as he stopped to chat with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

The mood was more relief than happiness.

This was a Penguins team which, after a couple of early-round exits the last couple of years, was under tremendous pressure.



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