Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pens win

Stanley Cup final
(1) Detroit v. (2) Pittsburgh
Red Wings lead series 2-1
In the end, though, it was Crosby who answered the call when the Penguins needed him the most. With their playoff lives hanging by a thread, Crosby scored twice in a 3-2 win over the visiting Red Wings. It was a game that started slowly and then shifted into overdrive in a wild and entertaining third period.

"There's no doubt you're looking for your best player to bring his 'A' game," Therrien said. "Sid certainly did that tonight."
We've got a series. And Saturday should be pretty interesting.

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At 1:48 a.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah.

At 9:16 a.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to have a series now, but why do journalists bandwagon jump so much. I could've scored those goals that Crosby scored. He played well, but how about the team effort in generating some speed and space. He seems to get so much undeserved attention.

Malone, Fleury, Sydor, Gill, Whitney and Roberts all played better. Give them some love.

At 9:37 a.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

I could've scored those goals that Crosby scored.

They all look easy from the living room...

At 11:02 a.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

The 2007 Senators were pretty excited also when they won Game 3 at home after getting pwned in the first two. Game 4 will tell us if we have a series or not.

At 11:18 a.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger Hallock said...

I agree, I feel game four will be more indicative of how the series will play out. I figured the Red Wings would drop at least one of two in Pittsburgh.

Originally, I thought they'd lose game four, but after games one and two you knew Pittsburgh would come out swinging.

The Penguins still have to be on their toes, the victory was important for their confidence, but the goals they scored really came from simple mistakes the Wings made, particularly with Crosby's pair.

I worry though Detroiters are getting ahead of themselves with all the statistics in their favor. In the Dallas series, when the Wings lost two the press reacted like the sky was turning purple, but since recovering from that a lot of people expected to waltz through the finals.

Game four could really go either way, but I think the two days off will actually favor the Red Wings.

At 11:40 a.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger sager said...

Man, the Pens were lucky to hang on those last 4 1/2 minutes.

At 12:06 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When they made it 3-2, you looked down the bench and we could have panicked," Whitney said. "But we said, 'Screw that.' We even threw in a big kill."

"Confidence. It's more than just a motivational poster."

At 12:07 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger K said...

give them credit however for getting it together that last minute with the 6-on-5. it was pure shut down mode.

At 12:49 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger furly said...

Is it just me, or when you used see guys like Lemieux and Gretzky taking control and winning a game, or serious it was obvious and they just looked so much better and dominant then every one else on the ice. But to read all the hype about how Crosby is taking over the series is a bit much I think. I know the game isn't as wide open as it used to be, but if he doesn't get those two lucky breaks they would probably be trashing him in the media. Don't get me wrong, he is playing well, as good as anyone maybe better, but I just don't buy into him taking over the seires like the superstars used to.

At 4:57 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

"Luck is the residue of design."

Substitute hard work for design, and you have it. Were they lucky breaks? Yes. That's hockey. A lot of the time, the game is about creating lucky breaks, and then capitalizing on them. More often than not, you'll find that the team with more talent that plays harder will mysteriously get a disproportionate number of the lucky breaks. That's what Sidney Crosby did last night.

I thought that, overall, the Red Wings played pretty well last night. The Penguins just played better. It could easily have tipped the other way at the end, though. Holmstrom put that one shot off the pipe. There were several odd non-calls in the last fifteen minutes. Pittsburgh needs to have watched the Red Wings last night to see how a team should play after they give up the first two goals, rather than quitting.


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