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PITTSBURGH, Pa. Air Max 1 Wholesale Uk . - Dont worry, Kris Letang insists. The heat is coming. Sure, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman admits the New York Rangers dont invite quite the same animosity inside his teams locker room as the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers ended any shot of that tantalizing matchup when they beat the Flyers in seven games to set up a showdown with Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting Friday. That doesnt mean Letang expects the next two weeks to be devoid of drama. Far from it. "Im pretty sure the intensity will get really high at one point when we start," Letang said. "The emotion is always going to be part of the game and were going to have to control it the best we can." Its an internal battle the Penguins won during a taut first-round series against Columbus. Expected to send the inexperienced Blue Jackets home without much effort, Pittsburgh needed six trying games to advance. The way the Penguins figure it, thats a good thing. Forced to respond to adversity, they played what coach Dan Bylsma called their best 120 minutes this season to avoid the upset. "We keep coming and we keep coming, playing forward and playing in the offensive zone and grinding teams down with that play with that speed and quickness," Bylsma said. "Games 5 and 6 were our best at playing that way." The Penguins will need to do it four more times if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. They split their four regular-season meetings with New York, all of them coming before the Olympic break. The Rangers hardly look like the team that was still struggling to find an identity when they last faced Pittsburgh in early February. Pittsburgh is no longer the patched-together unit that cruised to the Metropolitan Division title despite having stars Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Paul Martin and James Neal miss large chunks of the season due to injury. The Penguins are healthy. New York is hot. Five things to look for heading into Game 1. SLUMPING STARS: Pittsburgh captain and likely NHL MVP Sidney Crosby hasnt scored a goal in his past 10 playoff games. New York forward Rick Nash has just one in 19 post-season contests wearing a Rangers sweater. Whichever streak ends first could swing the balance of the series. Crosby had six assists against the Blue Jackets, including one to Malkin in the first period of Game 6 in Columbus that gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Crosby knows he needs to take more chances. So does Nash, who can live with the drought as long as the Rangers keep it going. "Thats all that matters," Nash said. "Im going to try to keep getting my game going." LUNDQVIST VS. FLEURY: New Yorks Henrik Lundqvist and Pittsburghs Marc-Andre Fleury are the two winningest goaltenders in the regular season over the past five years, combining for 334 victories. Yet Lundqvist has yet to lift the Rangers past the conference finals while Fleury has struggled in the playoffs since helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Both had their wayward moments in the first round. Both responded with brilliant play. Whoever gets hot — and stays hot — will give his team the upper hand. POWERLESS POWER PLAY: The Rangers went just 3 for 29 on the power play against Philadelphia, ending the series by failing to score 21 straight times with the man advantage. Not exactly the recipe to hang with the Penguins, who had the NHLs best power play during the regular season and was a solid 4 for 15 against the Blue Jackets while adding a pair of short-handed goals in the process. GENOS BACK: Like Crosby, Malkin was in the midst of a lengthy goal drought before coming up with his second career playoff hat trick in the clincher against the Blue Jackets. The rust that came with missing the final three weeks of the regular season appeared to vanish as he lit up Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 6. Playing alongside Crosby at times to try to shake loose the cobwebs, Malkin got hot. Expect to see the two MVPs on the ice frequently against New York. NEW YORK MINUTE: Game 1 marks the middle of a busy stretch in which the Rangers will play five times in seven days. Thats fine by them considering it beats the alternative of watching from home. "Now were in the middle of it and were in the battle," New York forward Brad Richards said. "This is when it gets real fun." ___ AP Sports Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report. Air Max 1 Discount Uk . The top-ranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International and set the tone for the Australian Open. Air Max 1 Online Shop .J. Fair didnt have many chances to be the main option for Syracuse last season. . CSKA received the heavier punishment of playing its next European home game behind closed doors, after its supporters displayed racist and far-right symbols in the Czech Republic during a 2-1 loss to Viktoria Plzen on Dec.The 2016 Cleveland Browns are 0-10, without much room for optimism. Head coach Hue Jackson announced ahead of this years draft that the year would be about rebuilding, and a raft of the franchises best players were released or traded as Jackson accrued 14 draft picks. Corey Coleman and Cody Kessler have impressed in part, but injuries and a lack of surrounding talent has kept the Browns out of the win column.Their losing run was extended on Monday night, when the team conceded 25 unanswered points, losing 28-7 to AFC North opponent Baltimore Ravens. Jackson has been forced to start six different quarterbacks, and despite some hard-fought games - four of Clevelands losses were by less than a touchdown - time is running out for the Browns to avoid the season-long shutout. Browns head coach Hue Jackson is looking at the NFLs first winless season since 2008 There have been 11 teams with winless seasons throughout the history of the NFL, dating back as far as 1922 when the Columbus Panhandles lost all eight of their regular season games. The Detroit Lions are the only franchise still in existence that have had more than one losing season (1942, 2008). But how do they compare to other losing teams, and are the Browns destined to emulate these infamous teams? Sky Live: Browns @ Ravens Cleveland Browns face Baltimore Ravens to kick-off Week 10, live on Sky Sports on Thursday night. 1. 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16)After starting 6-2 the season before, the Lions lost 23 of 24 regular season games to become the first team in NFL history to lose a 16-game season. Similarly to the current crop of Cleveland Browns, the Lions struggled with injuries at quarterback and came to within a score of a win on three different occasions. Head coach Rod Marinelli lost his job after the Lions went 0-16 However, head coach Rod Marinelli couldnt get his side over the line and promptly lost his job as a result. In the resulting draft, the Lions took Matt Stafford with the first pick, but have still not finished top of the AFC North since 1993. 2. 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14)Starting out as an expansion franchise, the Bucs produced one of the most pitiful offences in NFL history. Averaging nine points a game and shutout five times, including a 42-0 drubbing by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the highest points total Tampa achieved in one game was 20.Out of 28 teams, the 76 Buccaneers ranked last in offence and second last in defence. Their problems went so deep that they lost the first 12 games of the following season too, setting an NFL record for 26 consecutive losses. 3. 2007 Miami Dolphins (1-15)The best thing about the 2007 Dolphins was the 2008 Lions, which made this woeful season old news pretty quickly. After repeatedly stating his intention to stay with the Dolphins for the 2007 season, head coach Nick Saban left to take charge of AAlabamas college programme. Cheap Nike Air Max 1 Trainers. Rookie head coach Cam Cameron took charge, making wholesale changes to the coaching staff as well as the roster, which included the trade of Wes Welker to division rivals the New England Patriots. The Dolphins lost six games by three points or less, and their only win didnt come until week 15 where Miami beat the Baltimore Ravens 22-16 in overtime. The New York Giants beat the Dolphins at Wembley stadium The dismal season, which included the first regular season game at Wembley Stadium, was compounded by the Patriots who went unbeaten throughout the entire season, before eventually losing in the Super Bowl. 4. 2001 Carolina Panthers (1-15)After winning their opening game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, the Panthers had the makings of a play-off contender, which included rookie wide receiver Steve Smith.However their shortfall was at quarterback, where fourth rounder Chris Weinke was thrown into a starting role, and the Panthers went on to lose 15 consecutive games, two of which went to overtime. The Panthers leading receiver, Donald Hayes, managed just 597 yards and two touchdowns throughout the entire season. Chris Weinke had a tough rookie season as the Carolina Panthers won just once The most damning statistic came in the final week of the season, at home against the New England Patriots where the Panthers only registered 17,000 fans from an attendance of over 71,000. The Panthers lost 38-6, and head coach George Seifert was relieved of his duties. John Fox was then appointed, and the Panthers reached the Super Bowl just two years later for the first time in their history. 5. 2011 Indianapolis Colts (2-14)A year after a Super Bowl appearance, and with Peyton Manning leading the franchise from quarterback, the Colts were primed to have another play-off challenge.However, Manning suffered a season-ending neck injury before week one and the team turned to Kerry Collins, who had retired earlier that summer. The Colts terrible performances, which included a 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, led to them finishing 28th in scoring, dropping from 4th the year before. 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