Monday, May 26, 2008
The Detroit Red Wings proved once again to the Pittsburgh Penguins about life on hockey's biggest stage. There is no stage fright in the Red Wings, just a flat out - well oiled machine. They were faster, stronger, quicker, and really embarrassing the Pens from one end of the ice to the other. Once again, when Brad Stuart blasted the puck by Marc Andre Fleury, did anyone in this world not believe Pittsburgh would surely score - and score enough to make it a game? Well, they did not.
Where's the stars of Pittsburgh? Crosby looked like he was trying at least, Malkin was totally missing in action, and I wasn't too sure what Marcel Hossa was doing out there tonight for Pittsburgh (Rangers fans, beware of potentially overpaying for Marian Hossa this off-season!). I could go on and on, but the fact is everyone believed this could be the Stanley Cup Finals series that will be remembered (what a joke). So far, this series reminds me of a fine talented, tried and true NHL hockey team (Although sometimes boring) playing against the worst team in a mens' beer league! Maybe all the calls that went Pittsburgh's way in the first 3 rounds made a difference? Maybe not? But now the playing deck appears to be even in the finals and the Pens can't score a goal? Embarrassing. They have shown no passion and have looked so far out of it that it's laughable.
I'm pretty sure of one thing, the NHL is not laughing and hockey purists are a little shocked (I know I am) at the Penguins performance. Pittsburgh, you're going home now... show something or this will be a Stanley Cup Finals easily forgotten!
*Pictures in all blog posts are taken from Yahoo! Sports & Getty Images