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May 23, 2013 - John Mehno
It's been a rule forever: No cheering in the press box.

That holds today, even though the Penguins insist on calling their press box the media level.

If the Penguins win their playoff game at home on Friday, they will end the series against the Ottawa Senators. That means there will be no need for a Game Six in Ottawa. There will be a lot of people on the "media level" silently rooting for the Penguins to close out the series on Friday.

Air fares to Ottawa are outrageous, so everyone who went from Pittsburgh to cover the series drove. That's a nine-hour trip, plus dealing with Customs both ways, plus dealing with different currency north of the border.

Canada is a lovely county and Canadians are generally wonderful people. But no one is anxious to spend another 18 hours on the highway to cover one hockey game.

There may not be any cheering on the "media level" on Friday, but there will definitely be a quiet rooting interest.

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