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Stanley Cup Penguins Red Wings HockeyWe are not going to talk about Sidney Crosby and how he was not on the ice for the final 30 minutes of this game.  Instead, we’d rather focus on the guys that were out there and the guys that won the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

First of all, what a game.  The first 20 minutes were a little slow with nothing crossing the line.  But, that doesn’t mean there weren’t shots and entertaining plays.  The goaltenders were both on their top game to start this game seven as they both fought of points in the first period where attackers were in the zone for a solid two minute period.  The final two periods of this game were more entertaining than any NBA Finals game that has been played so far.

The NHL needs to start getting a larger audience.  But, we’ve got a whole offseason to write about that.

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stanley_cupThis one is for everything.  Fans of any sport live to watch a game seven in the Finals.  Hockey games can change on a single pass.  All 60 minutes, all 3,600 seconds of this game are monumental in the scope of the NHL season.  This is how a fan thinks when presented with a game seven.

You just hope that this isn’t what the players are thinking.

Of course this game is a big game.  It’s one game for everything.  But the players cannot get caught up in all of the pressure of it; they’ll choke like the Magic did.  It’s easier not to get caught up with it if you’ve been there before.  That’s why, unfortunately we have to go with our head here, and take the Red Wings.

Now, we did pick the Penguins when this series started, we thought it was their year.  It’s not impossible, but a lot of things will have to go their way.

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Fleury PensBest game of the night.  Undoubtedly.  We don’t care if Kobe put up 50 in the NBA Finals…Marc-Andre Fleury was out of his mind last night.  His performance is the reason were going to be treated to the best thing in sports.

A game seven.

Friday night in Detroit, we’re going to see two teams with only one win in the way of them lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup.  As you can tell, we’re huge hockey fans so there’s nothing stopping us from watching that game.  And to the Sidney Crosby detractors; please, the Kid is being smothered by two guys every time he steps on the ice.  Let’s give him some credit for putting up any points at all in this series.  But don’t get us wrong, Fleury is the star of this series.

Recap after the jump.

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chris-osgood-stanley-cup-nc-thumbLast year, the Detroit Red Wings celebrated their fourth Stanley Cup in eleven year at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.  We could be looking at a re-run tonight at Mellon Arena.  But, we hope not.

After the game five debacle in Detroit in Saturday, it’s really hard to pick against Detroit in this game.  Neither team has lost on their home ice and according to Tony Kornheiser, a series is never over until that happens.  Now, we’re Blackhawks backers, and watching the Penguins self-destruct in Detroit was like watching game four in Chicago during the Eastern Conference Finals.  You cannot afford to lose your composure like that against a disciplined team like the Red Wings.

The Penguins know what they need to do in order to win this game.  Now, it’s just a matter of doing it.

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marc-andre-fleury-hi51Way off.  Wayyyyyyy off.  So, we weren’t even close on how this game would play out, but, we got the result we wanted anyway.  There were seven total power play opportunities in this game.  Three for the Penguins and four for the Red Wings.  However, Pittsburgh had the only conversion which pushed Detroit’s streak of allowing a power play goal to nine games in these playoffs.  What we noticed to be the difference in the last two games is what usually is the decider in the NHL playoffs.

Goaltending.

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225px-Evgeni_Malkin2We actually got it right (for the most part) in game three.  We took the Pens 4-2 but said that Crosby would have a good game. Well, he played a horrible game and Pittsburgh won anyway.  Tonight, it’s a little bit more difficult to pick the home team to come out on top.

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TalbotSidney Crosby played possibly his worst game of the post-season yet the Penguins still came away with a 4-2 victory last night.  The snipers were out early as both teams notched a pair of goals in the first period making it 2-2 heading into the intermission.  But not until 10:29 into the third period did someone break the tie.  Sergei Gonchar’s blast from the blue line on a power play gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead that they would hold until adding an empty netter late.

Max Talbot (yup, that’s him in the picture) was the first star, scoring two goals on the way to the victory.  Crosby ended the game as a -1 with a lone assist coming on the Gonchar power play goal.  Evgeni Malkin picked up three assists and was a huge asset on the ice for the Penguins.  This was the first game that Chris Osgood looked fallible as he only stopped 17 of 20 shots on net.  At the end of the game, the sold out Mellon Arena was chanting “Os-Good!” as they did in Detroit after the two wins the Wings picked up there.

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