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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.

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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.

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Wings Could Use A Hart Trophy Finalist

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As talented and deep as the Detroit Red Wings are, sooner or later the absence of a superb talent like Pavel Datsyuk was going to begin to take a toll.

It didn’t decide last night’s result, with the Pittsburgh Penguins getting their first victory of the 2009 Stanley Cup final largely on the basis of a strong third period and getting an interference call on Wings blueliner Jonathan Ericsson that was deserved, but curious given that it was a type of infraction that the officials had been ignoring for the first eight periods of the series.

But not having Datsyuk, a Hart Trophy finalist, is making an impact in two ways. First, the Wings, second in team offence only to Pittsburgh during the regular season, haven’t been able to pot more than three in a game and misfired on countless chances last night when the opportunity to blow out the Penguins presented itself in the second period.

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Penguins Get Back In The Series With A 4-2 Win

Sergei Gonchar with the game winner on the PP midway through the 3rd period.

added 11:09pm, from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Here are some quick notes from the Penguins’ 4-2 Game 3 victory over the Red Wings at Mellon Arena on Tuesday night.

• At the 9:06 mark of the third period, Wings talented freshman defenseman Jonathan Ericsson made a rookie mistake (we haven’t seen too many out of him) when he took an unnecessary interference penalty, blocking out Penguins left winger Matt Cooke. Pittsburgh took full advantage of the opportunity. The Pens’ power-play unit kept the puck in the Wings’ zone for 1:23 before defenseman Sergei Gonchar ripped a blast over the glove of a screened Chris Osgood….

• Down 2-1 with about 6:30 left in the first period, the Penguins dodged a bullet when all four officials failed to recognize they had six skaters on the ice for approximately 25 seconds….

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Pre-Game Notes Before Game 3 SCF

TEAMS WINNING GAMES 1 AND 2 IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL

Of the 32 home clubs who won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939, 31 went on to win the series. The only club to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the first two Final games on the road was the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.

OSGOOD HOLDS TOP WINNING PERCENTAGE IN STANLEY CUP FINAL HISTORY

Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood enters Game 3 with a 10-2 record, 1.47 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 13 Stanley Cup Final games. Osgood’s winning percentage of .833 is the best in Stanley Cup Final history among goaltenders with at least 10 decisions, ahead of former Montreal Canadiens great Ken Dryden (24-8, .750).

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