It has felt like 10 years since the Pens brought home the 2-1 win in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday night. In reality it has only been two days, but who is really counting?
Listening to the talk shows on the radio is already starting to get you pumped for the game. On ESPN Radio Stan is talking about how he visualizes Sid skating with the cup and how things might unfold. What a feeling listening to that. But there is so much that needs to happen for that to be a reality.
As we await the puck drop at The Joe I will try to take up some time.
Listening to ESPN Radio in the car this morning Stan and Chris Mack asked an interesting question. They wanted to know that if Zetterberg and Datsyuk cancel out Bing and Geno (meaning both will be a wash with their stats) and you exclude MAF and Osgood, which player will be most key in the game.
As they posed the question my initial thought was everyone is going to say Jordan Staal. As calls came in there were many votes for both Staal and his line mate Tyler Kennedy. While I agree with the importance of those two players there is someone that has to step up for the Penguins to skate with the cup around the arena.
Through the playoffs Guerin is third on the team in points with 15 (7+8) but has not found the back of the net since the Carolina series and only has one assist to show against Detroit. Billy was brought to this team to finish passes from Bing. Thus far this series he has not. Don't get me wrong, Guerin is getting his chances, but you don't get paid to get chances, you get paid to score. Bill Guerin steps up and the Penguins have a great chance to win Friday night.
Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy, Matt Cooke have been monsters this post season and that also needs to continue. Hard to believe that on February 16, when the Pens were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, that we would be talking about game 7 of the cup finals.
Another point that was brought up was the respect factor that the Penguins are getting. After game six there were articles written and talk in Detroit that people were glad they were coming home to win the cup on home ice. I surely hope people are not believing that. Game seven anything can happen. If people in Detroit think this is going to be a cake walk like game 5 then they are in for a rude awakening. The Wings surely respect the Pens game, but does anyone think in the back of their minds they think "oh we are at home, we will be ok"? Maybe to some. Maybe that will be the player that makes the huge mistake in the third. You never know.
Evgeni Malkin's top goals of the 2009 playoffs, yea he's alright I guess.
Just learned today that some Marion Hossa guy, who plays for Detroit, actually played for the Penguins last year. Who woulda thought?
Players dream of game 7's