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Fleury Must Be Great

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

He is their last line of defence and come Tuesday, he may very well be their last hope.

If the Pittsburgh Penguins want their Stanley Cup dream to remain a reality, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury better be prepared to parry the flurry the Detroit Red Wings will throw at him in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena.

Behind 3-2 to the Wings following a stunningly-lopsided 5-0 setback Saturday in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, it all comes down to this:

Fleury must be huge. He must be virtually impenetrable.

Otherwise, for the second straight spring, the Penguins get to watch Detroit players parade the Stanley Cup around their house.

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Penguins Need Some Offensive Help

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While there was 53 minutes of forgettable hockey for the Penguins in Game 5, the first seven minutes or so was mildly spectacular.

The was a 47-second run in the offensive zone when Evgeni Malkin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Maxime Talbot absolutely controlled the puck, controlled the play and controlled the Red Wings.

While they’ll walk away from Game 5 with those positives, the Penguins know they will have to be a more disciplined team. Things got completely unruly in the second period with dumb penalties from a team that is otherwise very disciplined.

The Penguins also need to find other players to support them offensively.

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Penguins Need To Figure Out How To Stop Detroit

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It matters not that the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a different path to this critical juncture of the Stanley Cup finals, but the stark reality remains exactly the same: they must find a way to stop the Detroit Red Wings from winning a Stanley Cup in their own building, in front of their own eyes and the eyes of all of their fans.

The Penguins could not stop that from happening a year ago, and after losing 5-0 in Game 5 on Saturday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 series lead, there are many who believe they are powerless to stop it from happening now.

Still, as painful as those memories must be—the jubilant Red Wings pouring onto the ice as Marian Hossa’s final effort skittered by the goal line, the Stanley Cup being paraded around the Mellon Arena ice—these young Penguins seem to have done a good job of keeping those dark thoughts at bay.

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Wings Don’t Need Motivation

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“They looked a little fatigued to us,” Orpik had said after Game 4. “(Henrik) Zetterberg … he looks so tired out there.”

“Any time we hear ‘too old,’ ‘too tired,’ or ‘too slow,’ it doesn’t bother us one bit,’” said Detroit winger Dan Cleary, whose game-opening goal stood up as the winner in a Chris Osgood shutout.

You don’t expect them to be “bothered” by it. But to not use a free bit of fuel like the Orpik quotes?

How could it hurt?

“We don’t need to do that,” Cleary said. “We’ve got guys in here with pride, and we’re going to play our hockey hard, work hard. Too old, too slow, too tired? We just play the game the right way.”

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Pittsburgh Coach Bylsma Today

Q.      I was curious, were you in the building last year in Game 6 when the Wings won the Cup?

        COACH BYLSMA: I was not. We were in our own playoff battle with Wilkes?Barre in Chicago.

        Q. Do you have a sense of what that was like for the players on this team who were here to watch the Wings win a championship in this building? And does that have any bearing on what you do between now and Tuesday night?

        COACH BYLSMA: I don’t have a sense, other than it happening in ‘03, when we were in Game 7. We were on the road. It wasn’t our home building. But I can remember vividly, too vividly, what it’s like to have the clock ticking down and the other team. We were down 3?0 in the game in New Jersey.

        So then to have the pomp and circumstance afterwards. So I do know what that is like personally. But that’s playoff hockey. You’re faced with elimination games and you’re faced with them on the road and at home sometimes. How you deal with them, and the focus you can have on playing your game largely dictates how those games unfold. And some teams rise to the occasion, some teams relish in that pressure and come out with big performances. But they are tough situations to be in, and we’re faced with one in Game 6.

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Murphy vs. Errey

Larry Murphy and Bob Errey have been providing their analysis of the Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL Network and I am noticing a bit of team pride coming through.

Murphy provides analysis for the Red Wings TV broadcast network during the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs and Errey does the same for the Penguins.  Both men did play for the other team too durng their NHL career but as this series goes deeper and deeper, their ‘homer’ hats are being worn.

I am enjoying the banter between the two, with Murphy having the last word after the Wings victory in game 5.  What is next is a question yet to be answered, but I am sure the intensity between the two will pick up even more.

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Hoping For Game 7

from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice XM204,

Well, so much for that idiotic blog posting by someone the other day that argued that Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock had been “exposed” by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  So much for all those who couldn’t wait to pounce all over Chris Osgood.  And so much for when Alexander Ovechkin takes the stage in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to accept the Hart Trophy.

Apparently, Pavel Datsyuk, who is a fine hockey player, really is one of the best players on the planet.  How else to explain the sudden revival of the Red Wings?

As a fan with no specific rooting interest in this series, I can only hope that the return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night for Game Six results in a Penguins win.

Because I wanna see a Game Seven.

Because Game Five sucked.

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Morning Line

The television cameras caught NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his seat during the second period as the Wings poured it on.

Bettman’s expression said it all. Watching the team he’s tied his league’s future to go up in flames, he looked a guy who was suffering from kidney stones.

-Bob Duff of the Windsor Star & contributor at NBC Sports.  More from Duff on the game last night…

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Talbot Targeted Datsyuk

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The last time a Canadian player slashed a Russian player in an attempt to break an ankle was 1972. Everyone thought it was great then, but somehow I think the Red Wings are not going to think too highly of the Max Talbot slash on Pavel Datsyuk in Game 5.

Was it a ridiculously vicious chop? No. Was it a targeting of an injured player? Absolutely. And some people might suggest that’s what the Stanley Cup playoffs are all about but I’m sure the Red Wings would say otherwise as they don’t embrace that whole concept of vigilante justice very much. Their idea of getting back at the opposition is to do what they did in Game 5 – score lots of goals.

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added 7:48am, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Talbot was called for slashing—and it certainly appeared he was trying to aggravate Datsyuk’s bad foot. Talbot knows that critics probably will suggest his intentions were bad.

“They can suggest whatever they want. I went for the puck and his foot was there,” Talbot said.

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Did Penguins Motivate The Wings?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For almost a week, the dominant theme was how the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be coming of age, ready to be the best.

Last night, however, they looked far too immature to win a Stanley Cup.

Funny thing, the Pens started well against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings. But it all went downhill after the opening three minutes. By the second period the rout was on, the classy Motowners showed they might still have a lesson or two to teach their opponents about composure, and multi-talented Pavel Datsyuk had made a triumphant, two-assist return in an overwhelming 5-0 Detroit win.

“The more I played the better I felt,” said Datsyuk.

Did he have his injured foot frozen in order to play?

“I don’t know,” he said with a slight smile. “It’s a secret.”...

In fact, the comments from Pittsburgh players like Brooks Orpik and head coach Dan Bylsma that Detroit players, specifically Henrik Zetterberg, looked tired in Games 3 and 4 in Pennsylvania rankled the veteran Wings.

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