Due to some lucky work travel and some willing road-trippers, I had the
chance to see my Penguins beat the Habs in Pittsburgh during the second
round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here are some photos from the trip.
Some of the photos are from my camera, some from my Blackberry, and some
from Kevin.


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As it turns out, the state of Pennsylvania pretty much bans beer sales everywhere, so we had to resort
to randomly walking around and asking cops where to buy beer. It turns out that 'Sammy's Famous Corned Beef'
was the answer, although they'd only sell us 6-packs.


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I brought my breathalyzer because it's fun. Here's Rene right before we got started. It's always
good to baseline.


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The city of Pittsburgh is actually surprisingly nice. In Marc's words, "I sort of expected something
between Buffalo and Detroit, but this is WAY nicer!"


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Another nice building downtown.


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Rene brought his playoff socks. Marc made him take them off before we went out since Rene had worn
them two nights previous in Montreal. Actually, we were sitting at the hotel, getting primed,
watching Top Gun, and Marc said, "Wow, those socks are ROTTEN!"


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The sign that no one really understood.


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Marc playing with my breathalyzer.


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Yours truly loving being in Pittsburgh. I was awake at 4 AM to get to Pittsburgh. It was SOOO worth it!


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Getting ready for the game.


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Dancing on the way to the rink.


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This is shortly after Kevin was told to 'Suck my ____' by a young lady as we were walking into the
rink. Kudos to Kevin for his witty comeback.


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Here is Rene with his sign inside the Mellon Arena.


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I thought this sign was brilliant - to have an 'Official Canadian Import Beer' is hysterical.
That it's Labatt Blue is even funnier.


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We went down to watch warm-ups after getting some beers.


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The inside of the Mellon Arena. I didn't know that this would be the last game the Penguins would
win inside this rink.


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Here's Kevin with his sweet team Canada jersey.


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The boys during warm-ups.


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Kevin caught a pretty sweet shot of Rene and I at the game.


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I love this photo of Rene. He doesn't know that the kid who's been chirping him the whole game
is actually getting into his photo. That's him pumping the Pens crest.


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Rene's flag did not make him a fan-favourite in Pittsburgh, although nothing like in Philly.


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Rene and the boys made friends outside the rink in the smoke pit.


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Yup, gotta love being obnoxious in someone else's barn.


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More friends.


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Rene, Marc, and I having some food before the game started. Of course, Rene is chomping on a hot dog...


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The four guys who made the trip happen.


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Sid taking a shot in warm-ups.


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Sergei Gonchar.


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The Mellon Arena gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Really classy fans, those Habs fans.


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Facing off in the Habs zone.


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A close-up of Kevin in our seats. I think this was shortly after he was flirting with a girl from Guelph...
with her boyfriend right there.


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This is at Jack's bar I think in the South side.


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Here is Rene making friends with random people as we're hunting for pizza.


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Marc and Rene hanging out in Pittsburgh's south side.


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We made friends out for beers after the game and wound up going over for hockey-talk and cheeseball eating.
Rene made short work of a giant jar of cheese balls.


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Rene loves the cheese balls.


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Marc had a tough time staying awake while we were waiting for cab home. He was REALLY close to getting
the Roman helmet.


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The weak ones crashing hard in some random Pens fans' house. I think his name was Erik.


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Ah, wouldn't he look cute with a purple mushroom?


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In the elevator calling it a night.


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And it wouldn't be a road trip without a ridiculous sign. I think we found this downtown somewhere. Just
awesome.


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A sign I put on Carl's dashboard in his car. It's funny cause it's true!


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Because the Pens won, Rene had to wear my jersey for our meeting.


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Oh c'mon Rene, you know Sid's the best player in the world right now.

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