Zetterberg leads Red Wings to 3-1 win in Cup Finals rematch

 

Penguins have lost 3 of 4 games The Penguins continue to struggle putting together a complete game as Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, in a rematch of the past two Stanley Cup finals. Zetterberg and the Red Wings out shot the Penguins 33-27 and controlled the play for much of the game. Appearing in his 19th straight game, rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard made 26 to saves to earn the win as the Red Wings have won 5 of their past 6 games.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Stanley Cup Champions

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins did the unthinkable, winning four of five games from the Detroit Red Wings to claim their third Stanley Cup in franchise history, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Determination, will and courage prevailed Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win as Max Talbot scored two goals and Marc Andre Fleury was sensational in the net, turning aside 23 of 24 shots. Losing captain Sidney Crosby in the second period with an MCL injury, Pittsburgh overcame odds all season to become the first road team to win a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final since 1971. Although Crosby would return to the ice in the third period for a shift, desire beat skill as the Penguins put it all on the line in Game 7. The Penguins turnaround from being in 10th place in Mid-February to become the 2009Read More »

Stanley Cup Final: Game 7 Showdown

 

Game 7 Detroit vs Pittsburgh (Friday 8:00 p.m. est) The anticipation for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is sky high as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings will meet one last time in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena, Friday night. There couldn’t be any better storylines as Sidney Crosby (the face of the league) looks for redemption and to claim his first Stanley Cup at the young age of 21. In Crosby’s way are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings who are looking to claim their 5th championship in 12 years. The home team in the Finals are 6-0 and home team’s are 12-2 in the history of Game 7’s in the Cup Finals. Detroit has showed its dominance at home in the playoffs posting a 11-1 record at home, including 3-0 at home in the Finals. For the first time since theRead More »

Inside the Numbers: Pittsburgh looks to defy Odds in Game 7

 

For most players, tomorrow night is going to be a dream come true playing in a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. “All the street hockey I’ve played, you’re saying that it’s Stanley Cup final, Game 7, Penguins forward Max Talbot said.” It’s every kid’s dream to be part of that game. We’re going to have the chance to be out there and play that game for real.” As the Penguins have just arrived in Detroit, Sidney Crosby is going to be at the center of attention leading up to game 7. Crosby has been held pointless for the past two games and only has 3 points in the series. With the series shifting back to Detroit, Crosby has his toughest task ahead of him, trying to get the best of Henrik Zetterberg, Friday night. Thus far Crosby hasn’t had much success in Detroit, although the chances have beenRead More »

June 9th has been a special day for the Penguins organization

 

On the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest days in Penguins’ history: the drafting of Hall of Famer /current owner Mario Lemieux in 1984, the Penguins beat the Red Wings 2-1 on what will go down as one of the most important wins in the teams playoff history. There wasn’t a prouder person in the locker room last night than Mario Lemieux. Lemieux who has taking a more active role in the day to day operations visited the team minutes before the drop of the puck. What was most impressive about Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win was that Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were held without a point. It was the first time that the Penguins won a playoff game when Malkin or Crosby were held without a point. Game 6 was a defining moment for the Penguins as their role players, not Crosby, Malkin took the spotlight. Inside The NumbersRead More »

Game 6: Morning skate update; Sykora skates with 2nd PP Unit, will return to the lineup

 

Detroit leads series, 3-2 On the brink of elimination, Pittsburgh has all the motivation they need. The Penguins know how it feels to see the opposition from celebrating a Stanley Cup Title on their home ice. The desperation and effort should be there from Pittsburgh but will it be enough. The Red Wings come into game 6 with the idea that they have solved the Penguins and game 5 was a statement game. The Red Wings are healthier than they have been all series and the addition of Pavel Datsyuk to the lineup has changed the mental makeup of the team. Momentum is with Detroit but these playoffs have proven momentum doesn’t mean much. The pressure is with Pittsburgh as the Red Wings have the insurance of playing at home in game 7. Morning Skate Update * It appears Petr Sykora will be  in the lineup tonight. Sykora a healthyRead More »

Penguins focus turns to forcing a game 7

 

Penguin supporters in Iraq — Courtesy of US Army First Lieutenant, Robert Prah, Director of Veteran’s Affairs, California University of PA 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 opportunityRead More »

As good as they are, young Penguins still have much to learn

 

By Paul Ladewski The Stanley Cups Finals aren’t Boys versus Men exactly. After all, every Penguins player except Jordan Staal can down an Iron City legally. But if the 5-0 embarrassment in Game 5 in Detroit confirmed anything , then it’s that they still have lessons to learn before they can move up to champagne. The Red Wings were a tired bunch in Game 4 – even their head coach Mike Babcock said so — and with only one day off between games, the Penguins were in position to take advantage of their fresher legs and healthier bodies. Maybe the visitors felt a bit too good about themselves after consecutive victories at home. Or maybe they believed that momentum would carry over automatically from the previous game. Whatever the case, they displayed a serious lack of focus and discipline that allowed the Winged Wheels to seized control of the seriesRead More »

Game 6 will be a Test of Maturity for Pittsburgh

 

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.

Detroit takes control of the series

 

Detroit leads series, 3-2 The Detroit Red Wings put to rest any talk that momentum was moving towards Pittsburgh as the Detroit Red Wings crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena to take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The presence of Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup for the first time in the series, changed the mental makeup of the Wings and Datsyuk made his presence felt early and often, finishing the game with 2 assists and was a calming presence on the power play. Three power play goals by the Red Wings in the second period did the Penguins in, who were undisciplined and frustrated throughout the game. Despite playing at 85%, Pavel Datsyuk was among the games top performers at both ends of the ice. “He did very well for being off for as long as he has been,” Detroit RedRead More »