Pens Even Series

If the Pens go on to hoist the Cup sometime next week, Jordan Staal’s short-handed goal will likely join the Pittsburgh pantheon with Frank Pietrangelo’s save against New Jersey as a play that totally rotated fortunes.  Down 2-1 in score and in games in the middle of the 2nd period and facing the 2nd of consecutive Detroit power plays, Staal stole a puck at the blue line, raced down the ice, beat his marker and Osgood to tie the game.  After killing the remainder of the penalty a Malkin/Crosby 2-on-1 goal and a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play that yielded a gimme for Tyler Kennedy, Mellon Arena was up for grabs and the Pens had the 4-2 lead and eventual win.  Fleury made several nice saves amongst the 37 Red Wing shots.  And at times the Wings looked disoriented, committing entirely more turnovers than is usual for them.

Of course now the series shifts back to Hockeytown for Game 5, and this series so far has boiled down to the home team winning every game.  But I’m liking the Pens chances.  Fleury is warming into things.  Crosby filled the net for the first time in the series (tho he will likely have to fight off Zetterberg on every shift in Game 5).  Like I said, the Wings looked a bit disorganized.  And I keep thinking Osgood is due for an off-night.  Of course, any game now Detroit could get Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup which would likely give them a boost.  But the Pens have it back to even money, and those are better odds than they faced at the beginning of this week.  We’ll see what happens.  Go Pens!

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