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Penguins aware game could turn nasty

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Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky are not strangers. — GETTY

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Things typically get a little nasty when the Penguins travel to Nationwide Arena.

Punches are thrown, slashes are fired, Sidney Crosby's head gets whacked from behind. That kind of stuff.

"Oh, I'm aware," Steve Oleksy told me this morning. "We're all aware."

Yet, the Penguins seem to be embracing this showdown. Two of the NHL's hottest teams will meet tonight in Columbus, and the Penguins seem ready for everything. The slashes. The crosschecks. The cannon. The rowdy crowd. You name it.