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From the Branches: Phil Kessel is angry and it makes Chris Kunitz laugh

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Penguins tie the ECF at one game a piece.

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Last night during game two of the Eastern Conference Final, Phil Kessel sat at one end of the Penguins bench and Evgeni Malkin sat at the other. They yelled at each other from across the bench and poor Chris Kunitz was caught in the middle.

Wait, did I say poor Kunitz? I meant amused, he was amused:

Anyway, Phil was barking. Was it, “We’ve got to move the effing puck?” It looked like it might have been that. “It could be,” said Kunitz, grinning. That might make sense, right? The Penguins dominated all night. They erased Ottawa’s 1-3-1 trap; they owned the puck, rather than rent. But they couldn’t score, and Phil had a burr in his saddle. At one point, Kunitz seemed to be laughing about it. Did Phil amuse him?

“Lots of things amuse me out there,” said Kunitz, still grinning.

Man, was Phil ever mad. But he always is.

Buck up Phil, you won! Only seven more wins to go until you’re “Back to Back Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel”

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