The Pens Make It Interesting, Win 4-2

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Pittsburgh Penguins, left for dead by many, have made the Stanley Cup Finals at the very least an "interesting" series with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Pens got a nice hand from the NHL and the officiating as they were given the benefit of the doubt more often than not in Game 3. Much like Detroit was given in the first 2 games.

The Penguins started out fast and controlled the opening play with a ton of pressure. In turn, this got Pittsburgh the lead on a nice shot by Maxime Talbot which beat Chris Osgood on the short side. All the momentum was lost however when the Penguins got confused with the new line changes (trying to get Crosby away from Zetterberg) and Zetterberg tied the game up at 1-1 on a nice snapshot. The only question that I have on this one is why was Crosby gliding behind his net while there was 2 Detroit players in front? Sorry, Sid. That's a no-no! From there, Detroit took all the momentum that the Pens had and turned it into their own. Although I thought it was a cheap call on Brooks Orpik, the Wings took advantage on the ensuing PP with Johan Franzen roofing one by Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Wings the 2-1 lead. Pittsburgh was able to tie the game back up at 2 on a PP when Kris Letang (who almost whiffed completely on the first attempt) was able to get his shot off and it flew between Osgood's legs. At this point I thought it was crucial that Pittsburgh tied the game up before the period ended. It was a big boost for the Pens.

Detroit came out flying in the 2nd period and really controlled the play the entire way through. On the flip side, the Pens looked really sloppy and a step slow. Fortunately for the Penguins, it was a scoreless period for the first time in the Finals. Fleury had to be sharp in this period as he turned away 14 shots. In the 3rd period, Pittsburgh was the aggressor and really took it to the Wings. Their hard work finally paid off with a PP goal on a blast by Sergei Gonchar. Osgood did get a piece of the shot, but it was not enough. The final 9 1/2 minutes of the contest was just wild as both teams went up and down the ice with reckless abandon. Maxime Talbot finally put it away with an empty net goal, making the final score 4-2 in favor of the Pens.

When you look at this game, you gotta wonder once again about the officiating. It was horrible. If you're a Wings fan... you start with pointing out how on Earth does an officiating crew miss 6 players on the ice for Pittsburgh for 20-30 seconds! Let's see... 2 referees, 2 linesmen, and the Detroit bench screaming. Not one official picks up on this? You have got to be kidding, right? Basically what has happened is that both teams have benefited from non-calls and each has resulted in wins for both sides. Is this a good thing? I don't think so. But this is what we have and it's not going to get any better. Trust me. At least we have a series! I think... Over and out!

**Also, the poll is closed and a new one is up. It seems like the majority think Colton Orr will not be a Ranger next season. I hope this isn't the case! Well, go ahead and vote on the new poll.


Wrath of Sanity said...

Definitely happy that the Pens won a game. Did not want to see a sweep, at all.

The refereeing was overall horrible, again. I wonder how some of these people have jobs? The too many men on the ice thing... haha, how that could slip by everyone is beyond me.

Also, I voted for Ryan Callahan in the poll. We'd be absolutely stupid to not lock this kid up. I'd go Callahan, Dubinsky, Sjostrom, Zherdev for that list. With emphasis on the first 2.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath, Pittsburgh will take the win any way they can, with or without good officiating.

It is becoming a problem for the NHL and it's fans. I just don't understand how it has got this point and why we have to constantly talk about it? It's a travesty.

As for the new pole Callahan is a must, He might never be a 30 goal scorer but damn you have to love his work ethic night in night out. Good choice.

Troublizing said...

The work ethic and the HATE to lose mentality. NYR needs more of that

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mouth, Nice to hear from you. My son enjoyed the DVD. I wasn't all that bad and Soetaert was rotten LOL.

The Rangers could use at least 3 more Callahan's maybe more.....?

Troublizing said...

I thought you actually played well in the game some nice hits even a deke to gain the zone lol..

I'm glad you said Soetaert was rotten, I was gonna say it initially but didn't know how close you were to the dude. I think Dougy actually has a cup ring with the Habs actually... I digress

With DVD's you cant put them all on one disc , so if you want me to still look for more games lemme know. BTW what was up with that hand infection you were coming back from in that game ?

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mouth, The hand infection was from a Tiger Williams scrap in Vancouver earlier in the season. Caught him in the mouth with a shot and hit his teeth.

It got infected so bad that they had to send me home to Lennox Hill , or it might have been curtains for the big guy.

Doug Was a good teammate, but when you suck well..... you suck!!

Mouth, If you get the chance I would appreciate if you could find all and everything you have on me. It would be nice to have.

Jason said...

I found this game somewhat frustrating to watch. Between the ever improving job by the officials (the lack of the call on a completely objective issue of too many men in period 1 is inexcusable and downright incompetent and should not happen at any level of professional hockey, let alone the Stanley Cup finals) and the choking style (translation: boring) of play in the second period, time did not pass quickly. With all the comparisons of this series to the 1984 finals, I am seeing anything but that. Besides, Crosby and Malkin are not Gretzky and Messier. Suffice it to say, Gonchar is not Coffey either.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jason, I can't believe game in game out all we talk about is the officiating. What does that tell you about the state of the game. Rotten!

I don't recall a game I played in or witnessed where up to 30 seconds passed with 6 skaters on the ice for one team was not noticed? Rotten again!

I think I mentioned in a previous statement about the Red Wings. It's plain as day to me that they too play a "Trap" similar to what the Devils did in their runs to the cup.

Unfortunately certain people have to sell the game with blinders on, but a real hockey fan see's through all this.

The comparison's being made in this series is just what it is a whole bucket full of shit! LMAO.

Troublizing said...

Chris, any idea if there will bb any in store guests on icebreakers today

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mouth, I don't really know for sure. Just going with the flow LOL.

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