The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a devastating loss Saturday night and now they have two days off to regroup as game 6 will not be played until Tuesday night .
The Penguins want to put this game behind them and would prefer to be back on the ice Monday night for game 6.
The two days off in between games benefits Detroit. Keys players are nursing injuries and it gives MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk two more days of rest.
Frustrations boiled over for the Penguins in game 6 and they were undisciplined and lacked maturity at times.
Star forward Evgeni Malkin had three of the Penguins nine minor penalties and Sidney Crosby was clearly frustrated taking a few whacks at Henrik Zetterberg’s ankle.
Pittsburgh returns to the ice Monday morning to begin their preparations for game 6. This is a situation where having a veteran presence in the locker room like a Bill Guerin could pay dividends for Pittsburgh.
If they are truly a better team than last year, the Penguins will find a way to put this game behind them and show more maturity than they showed last night.
Mentally they have to change their ways and not just think because they are playing at home, things are going to be easy.
The Penguins took their foot off the pedal in game 5, when they believed some of talk that momentum was with them.
The Red Wings brought the Penguins back to reality but the series is not over yet.
Pittsburgh faces a daunting challenge, especially if they force a game 7.
Detroit has outscored Pittsburgh 11-2 in Detroit during the series and goaltender Marc Andre Fleury is not the same goalie on the road.
The home-team has won every game in the series and Pittsburgh can start worrying about winning in Detroit after they do what they can to win game 6.
If the Penguins are unable to put game 5 behind them, the Red Wings will be celebrating their second straight Stanley Cup Title in Pittsburgh.