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A Must Win Game For The Penguins

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins insist it’s different this year, even though the bottom-line reckoning reads the same as last year’s Stanley Cup Final, three games deep:

Detroit 2, Pittsburgh 1.

Some of us happen to think they’re right, by the way, that things really are different; that the Penguins really do have a genuine shot to win this thing.

But there’s only one way to prove it: Win tonight.

Win tonight, and the pressure reverts back to Detroit.

Win tonight, and a suspenseful series becomes something more than a concept.

Win tonight, and all the talk about how the Penguins are better prepared for the big stage this year and know how to beat Detroit this year and feel much better about themselves this year becomes a lot more believable.


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Malkin Knows How To Play Against Detroit

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He has five points in the final, three on the power play, and is proving to be much more of a handful for the Red Wings in this final than last year’s.

“I feel great now,” Malkin said. “Last year I was a little bit sick. I’m trying to play a little bit hard and physical more.

“I know how to play Detroit and I try to play a little harder.”

With Detroit deploying most of its primary resources to stop Sidney Crosby, Malkin has been able to find some openings.

“I don’t think his body was physically ready for it last year,” teammate Brooks Orpik said. “I think he’s done a really good job of committing himself off the ice, which is paying big dividends for him now.”


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Evaluating The Players From Game 3

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

For this week, I thought I would check out the Game 3 box score and provide observations on each player. Here they are in uniform number order:

Detroit Red Wings

Nicklas Lidstrom: Played 26:40 and didn’t get a shot on goal. I think he will be more assertive in Game 4. It was his third game in four nights and he might have been pacing himself a bit. Lidstrom and the Red Wings will be in Game 7 lockdown mode in Game 4. They know Game 4 is the series.

read on for a brief look at every player from game 3…

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Stock Can’t See Detroit Losing

from P.J. Stock of CBC Sports,

I’d love to sit here today, at this moment and tell all of you that this is a great series and it’s going to get even better. Pittsburgh is really going to even things up in the next couple of games and force a deciding Game 7, but … I’d be lying.

After watching the first two games and the latest morning skate, I’m worried that Detroit is just too good. I’m not sure if they can be beaten. There’s even a chance they might get Datsyuk back for Game 4. Imagine the Wings adding the NHL’s MVP and Selke trophy nominee to their already star-studded lineup?

In my heart, I’m pulling for them. In my head, I think the fat lady is warming up.


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Watching Versus Game 3 SCF

via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals received a 15.1 rating in Detroit and averaged 290,009 households. In Pittsburgh, Versus had a 26.1 rating and averaged 302,067 households.

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Coach Bylsma Today

Q.      Talk about players, as Playoffs go on, having to do more and the competition becomes more key. Is that true for coaching? Do you have to do different things at this stage that maybe you didn’t have to do in the first round?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think it often depends on your opponent. And there are coaches that like to make a lot of adjustments. There are coaches who, last night Zetterberg was definitely, obviously coming on the ice and off the ice at key moments trying to get different match?ups. That poses a different situation than some of the other things early on. I don’t think it would be ?? I don’t think it’s just because it’s the Finals. I think it’s because it’s Mike Babcock and the Red Wings.

        So each series is a little bit different. And this one is presenting different situations.

Continue Reading »

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The Cup Is Available

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Three reasons Detroit will win

The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk skated Tuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’s injured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready for Thursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt a tightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.

Three reasons Pittsburgh will win

Crosby’s quiet determination. He might not be piling up points, but the Penguins feed off Crosby’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s an on-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does everyone is listening.”


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Home Team Gets The Calls

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

In Detroit, the referees favoured the Red Wings with a few crucial calls. But in the NHL, turnabout is fairplay and it’s expected. Pittsburgh would get its turn.

You see, there was no conspiracy at the NHL head office to favour the Red Wings. No, all there was at play was the very real human emotions of NHL referees, not wanting to incite the wrath of the most rabid of all fans, hometown fans during a Stanley Cup final….

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Pittsburgh Penguins got away with a few in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win.

Most outrageous was a late elbow by agitator Matt Cooke to the head of Red Wings hustler Darren Helm. It was a typical Matt Cooke nasty, sneaky late hit special, the kind of late hit that the NHL should outlaw.

Right now, of course, the lateness of this hit wouldn’t get Cooke a penalty, though that elbow certainly should have.

read on with picture evidence of the Cooke hit…

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ESPN Hockey Experts Breakdown Game 3

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss game 3.

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Penguins Get The Breaks

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Detroit Red Wings, who had spent Games 1 and 2 on the sunny side of random events, suddenly found the forces at work in the old Uptown barn considerably more ominous. Perhaps it was the lighting.

How else could four on-ice officials allow six Penguins skaters on the pond simultaneously for 21 seconds in the first period, unless someone figured that if the Red Wings could have two goalies, the Penguins could have six skaters?

Detroit had gotten away with Henrik Zetterberg covering the puck in the crease when goaltender Chris Osgood could not in each of the first two games, but the Red Wings were catching no breaks in Game 3.

“I know that, from the bench, you don’t want to yell,” said Penguins forward Matt Cooke about the too-many-Penguins incident. “So I was kind of whispering [to Mark Eaton], ‘Eats, Eats, Eats,’ and then he nodded at me and started counting: one, two, three, four, five, and, uh-oh.

read on

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