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Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma Today

Q.      Can you talk about the energy or level of freshness that your team has right now after playing four games in six nights?

        COACH BYLSMA: If Geno could have scored that goal at the end of the second, I would have liked to see them keep the roof on this place, because it was hopping in the second period, and that was a big part of our energy.

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Reviewing Game 4

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside recap game 4.

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Wings Need Datsyuk

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Memo to Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk: Take a shot in that broken foot and get your fanny on the Joe Louis Arena ice tomorrow night. Your team needs you.

Badly.

If one thing became clear last night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, it’s that the Red Wings can’t match the Penguins’ high-end talent—OK, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby—without Datsyuk, their Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP.

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Penguins Take Note

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

It was something he has seldom seen from Detroit Red Wings players, and Brooks Orpik is getting to know them pretty well. On their way to a series squaring 4-2 win, the Penguins took a one-goal lead when Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup finals.

Fellow defenseman Mark Eaton nudged Orpik and told him to check out Detroit’s bench after Crosby’s goal.

The players were slumped over. Exhausted. Nothing close to the dominant, immovable force the Penguins saw last year….

Even worse, Orpik said he noticed Red Wings players getting on each other.

“Which you never see out of those guys,” he said. “It’s something you don’t expect from them or see too often. I guess, a good sign for us.”

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Malkin Dominating

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Evgeni Malkin, the New M, is like Tom Brady and Randy Moss all at the same time.

One minutes he’s throwing the long bomb, the next minute he’s catching it.

In Thursday’s game, a dominating 4-2 win by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings, Malkin was in the middle of as many excellent scoring chances in both the first and the second periods as the Detroit Red Wings had all game.

Malkin had a goal and an assist for the game, but the damage could have been much worse, as he and fellow dynamo Sidney Crosby started to dominate, just as the sly, talented and seemingly tireless Henrik Zetterberg appeared to start to wear down.

For the fourth game in a row, Pittsburgh had more scoring chances than Detroit, but this time the margin was overwhelming. The Penguins had 28 scoring chances to 15 for the Wings.

When it came to Grade “A” chances, hard shots from the slot, Pittsburgh had 17 while the Red Wings had just four, by my count.

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Dazed Wings

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In shocking fashion, the champs have taken a standing eight-count.

Whether the dazed Detroit Red Wings can stumble back to their feet, regain their senses and recapture the momentum they once had in this Stanley Cup final, well, that will be illustrated for the hockey world to see in Game 5 tomorrow night, a Saturday Night Special in Motown. Never in the four championships the Wings have won over the past 12 years have they been tested quite like they are now being tested by the gutsy, youthful Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Penguins Even Up Series At 2-2 With A 4-2 Victory Over Detroit

The series shifts to Detroit for game 5 on Saturday.  Exciting hockey coming up!

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Coaching Becomes Crucial

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

This is the time of the year when coaches make their money and can make a difference in a series.

Examples of potential change for Game 4: The Penguins, perhaps were taking a cue from Bill Guerin’s front-of-the net presence on Sergei Gonchar’s game-winning power-play goal in the third period of Game 3, worked long and hard at practice Thursday on having their forwards work hard on give-and-go plays down low—with the emphasis on the deep down-low player going to the net to provide a screen or make a tip.

Bylsma obviously expects Detroit to crash the net hard in Game 4, because he had another drill in which the Penguins lined up four players in front of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. There was plenty of traffic and lots of screens, all designed to get Fleury used to having his vision screened even more—and work through it.

The Red Wings, on the other hand, practiced the last two days on taking hard shots from down low, firing high, low, whatever, directly in front of the helpless backup goaltenders for Detroit—almost like they were trying to drive the puck through the net and not just over the goal line. Also, there was countless faceoff practice. Countless.

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Keys To Game 4

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Here are five things to watch for in Thursday night’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins:

1. The Henrik Zetterberg-Sidney Crosby showdown, Part IV
The Wings’ star center has had the better of the Pens’ star center so far, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock believed that 24 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time was too much for Zetterberg in Game 3 as he chased the matchup. So will this free up Crosby in any way Thursday night?...

2. Red Wings’ fatigue?
It’s the team’s fourth game in six nights. Detroit entered the Cup finals banged-up. Will the Wings hit the wall Thursday night, or did the day off Wednesday give them enough time to recharge their batteries? We think too much has been made of this. They’ll be fine.

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Coach Dan Bylsma Before Game 4

Q.      Jordan was playing well versus Carolina, was everywhere on the ice. Now we don’t see him as much. Not as successful. What’s going on with his game?

        COACH BYLSMA: I thought Game 3 was much improved over Game 1 and Game 2 from Jordan. Again, each team poses a different kind of obstacle down low in the offensive zone, which is where Jordan is really good. And some teams are physical, some teams are a little more passive?zone type of defensive zone coverage.      For a guy like Jordan, who needs physical contact to be good down low, to protect the puck, it’s not there. And it’s just been a bit of an adjustment from the last series to this series.

        Another area where the game is tough against Detroit is the neutral zone. They have guys back, four guys back a lot. So the speed through the neutral zone that he did get in other series, it’s tougher to come by right now. So those are areas that we all have to fight through.

        He was better in Game 3, and he assured me he’d be better in Game 4 today in morning skate.

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