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Off Day Report
The Penguins returned to the ice this morning, going through a light workout as the team begins their preparations for game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Penguins primary focus is putting game 5 behind them and trying to force a game 7.
“Coming back at home, we just have to focus on one game,” Penguins forward Billy Guerin said.
It is now a one game series for Pittsburgh.
Playing at home, Pittsburgh will get a significant boost and they have to take advantage of matchups.
Detroit has played so well at home because of how efficient Mike Babcock has been with having the last change.
He has been able to get a favorable matchup with Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski at nearly every opportunity when playing at home.
The players are bypassing any talk that they got too confident following game 4 but the way things went in game 5, how can you fault the media for thinking otherwise.
Brooks Orpik is taking some criticism for going public after game 4 that the Red Wings looked rattled on the bench.
Wings forward Dan Cleary was asked whether the Red Wings lost their composure in game 4 and he quickly said “yes”.
Orpik was speaking the truth but if he looks back at the situation, he probably wishes he didn’t go public about the Red Wings losing their composure. They used that talk as motivation in game 5.
Pittsburgh expects to see Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk playing together again for game 6.
Detroit has had an easier task of neutralizing Sidney Crosby this time around because there is no Marian Hossa on his wing.
Bill Guerin seems to have hit a wall and while Chris Kunitz has provided a much needed physical presence, he has provided no scoring punch upfront.
*The Pittsburgh Penguins are calling for a “Whiteout” for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings.
*Popular anthem singer Jeff Jimerson and his band, Airborne, will provide pre-game entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside Gate 3.