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24 hours from now…..

Barring overtime (don’t know if I can take that, honestly), we’ll have a Stanley Cup champion this time tomorrow.

We’ve all read just about every Game 7 story known to man.  Doesn’t matter if it’s hockey-related or not.  Doesn’t matter if it was from someone who never wrote a hockey story before just now.

Just a very short note, with a few bullets on what could be the Penguins’ keys to the Cup:

1.  Marc-Andre Fleury must be stellar once again.  If he’s solid once again, he’s going to make things difficult for the Wings.  However, on the flip side, one soft goal could be all she wrote, I fear.

2.  Desperation defense.  Nothing short of a repeat of their effort in Game Six will do.  Get bodies in the Wings’ shooting lanes.  Collapse to the net to prevent Wings’ second chances.

3.  Get pucks on net, get pucks on net, get pucks on net.  I don’t care who scores the goals honestly, but they’ve got to give themselves every opportunity they can.  I’ve noticed that the Wings, especially their defense, has no qualms about firing soft wristers towards the net, simply to get rebound goals (think the game-winner for the Wings in Game 7 vs. Anaheim). The Penguins cannot pass up scoring chances due to forced extra passes.

4.  Finally, the Penguins momentum would receive a huge boost if they get the first goal.

Of course, there are several more items to discuss, but they’ve been beaten to death.

Here’s to a great Game Seven.




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Welcome to The Confluence, a Pittsburgh Penguins blog since 2006.

Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

I am blogger- credentialed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  My posts are regularly linked by hockey websites such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy, and I’ve done numerous guest blogger spots on such websites asthe New YorkTimes.  I am a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.

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