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Facing a must win situation Tuesday night, the Penguins remain confident and don’t appear frustrated as the team is in the same position that they were last year.
“You know, I don’t think we should be frustrated, I don’t think we are frustrated, because the series not over,” Sergei Gonchar said. “You know, we’re playing better, having chances, series is not over. Going into this series we knew it was not going to be easy playing against great team and we knew it was going to be tough.”
*Forward Sidney Crosby who has been held scoreless in the series did not speak to the media on Monday during the Penguins off-day.
Despite being held pointless, Crosby is getting chances and he is determined to get the Penguins back into the series. Expect a big game from Crosby Tuesday night.
*Watching Henrik Zetterberg for the second straight year in the Stanley Cup Finals, you have to appreciate the way he plays the game.
Sidney Crosby is often regarded as the games most complete player but you can make a strong argument for Zetterberg.
*There’s was a lot of buzz Monday afternoon that the coaching staff is considering lineup changes in game 3.
We’re hearing one change that was discussed internally is

scratching Kris Letang in place of Philippe Boucher. It almost happened in game 2.
There was also a lot of speculation today that Petr Sykora has been told by assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald that he will be under consideration to return to the lineup in game 3.
A source tells me the two were seen speaking together for up to 10 minutes following the Penguins off-ice workouts.
If Sykora were to return to the lineup, it would not be a guarantee that he would replace Miroslav Satan.
Sykora has not played since game 2 of the Semi-Finals and is not speaking to the media.
Reports indicate Pavel Datsyuk is doubtful to play in game 3. The Red Wings were mum today on his status. Datsyuk has been skating on the side.

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