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What got us to game 7?

June 11, 2009 - Matt Leaper
 Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Series Tied 3-3

Game 7 what will be the end to this epic battle of the two NHL titans?

To understand what has brought us here, we will recap the first 6 games.

GAME 1

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

30

32

Hits

43

39

Power Plays

0-1

0-2

Penalty Summary

2-4

1-2

Scoring Summary

3

1

 

GAME 2

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

26

32

Hits

34

33

Power Plays

0-3

1-1

Penalty Summary

2-7

5-21

Scoring Summary

3

1

 

GAME 3

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

29

21

Hits

17

36

Power Plays

1-2

2-3

Penalty Summary

3-6

2-4

Scoring Summary

2

4

 

GAME 4

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

39

31

Hits

33

32

Power Plays

0-4

1-3

Penalty Summary

4-8

5-10

Scoring Summary

2

4

 

GAME 5

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

29

22

Hits

42

35

Power Plays

3-9

0-2

Penalty Summary

3-14

12-48

Scoring Summary

5

0

 

GAME 6

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

26

31

Hits

26

35

Power Plays

0-2

0-2

Penalty Summary

2-4

2-4

Scoring Summary

1

2

 

Totals

Red Wings

Penguins

Shots

179

169

Hits

195

210

Power Plays

4-22

4-13

Penalty Summary

16-43

27-89

Scoring Summary

16

12

As you can see by the stats, both teams are very close in almost every category except for penalties.  One could look at that and say Pittsburgh has been undisciplined but one could also look and say someone seems to get special treatment.  I personally feel it’s a little of both.  At the end of Game 2, both teams got a little heated and a fight broke out between Malkin and Zetterberg.  This wasn’t Malkin sending a message but it was him stepping up for Talbot who Zetterberg was attacking.  However, the refs decided to send a message and gave Malkin an extra 12 minutes for the altercation.  Not really fair but after all Zetterberg’s team was about to win the game so Malkin had no right.  SURE.  The next major onslaught of penalties in a series of “let em play” came in game 5.  Like the entire series, game 5 had a lot of extra stick and hand work going on.  Elbows, slashes, hooks and just general roughness have occurred since game 1.  However, in this game the refs pulled out the big whistles and blew them till they were blue in the face.  Well at least they blew them against one team.  The game started out will a few questionable calls within the first 30 minutes.  The Pens game up two EV goals in the first and then saw the third go in on a power play they felt shouldn’t have been.  Now very frustrated the Penguins stepped up the undisciplined play and took penalty after penalty.  They lost this game on the scoring sheet and in the penalty box.  In game 6 they settled down and this time it was an interference call on Zetterberg that turned the tide.  The Pens didn’t score on the Power Play but they just carried the game through the first two periods.  Detroit pushed the petal to the floor in the third but just couldn’t get two past the great Fle…Scuderi.  Scuderi showed just how much he wants a cup as he played goalie and made 3 or 4 big saves.  Luckily Fleury got his glove back in there and covered the puck.

Game 6 also saw the return of Petr Sykora.  Sykora hasn’t played since game 2 of the Washington series.  Sykora also showed how much he was willing to sacrifice his game for the team.  Sykora is known as a goal scorer and not a back checking, hard hitting and shot blocking grinder.  Though that is what Sykora did, he back checked on every shift and even threw two hits.  However, it was the last thing he did that showed his heart.  Midway through the second period, Sykora made the ultimate sacrifice by laying his body down to block a blast by Drapper.  Sykora reportedly now has a broken foot and will miss game 7.  This will be some motivation to his teammates as they see their teammate in crutches they will do everything to make sure his sacrifice is not in vain.

At this point everyone is talking about stats and history and records.  But let me be the first to tell you that none of that matters on Friday.  Both teams will walk into that arena with the same mentality.  THIS WILL BE A WAR, neither team will back down, neither will give up but in the end only one team will feel healthy.  They might have a broken bone or two but they will feel no pain as they hoist the Holy Grail.

Last Game Friday June 12 @ 8:00PM on NBC

For what it’s worth I predict Pens 4 Wings 3 in regulation, and Staal will be a major factor again.

You have to watch this video.

 

BELIEVE.

 
 

Article Comments

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PSUsysadmin

Jun-12-2009 1:19 PM

Excellent video....Im ready to go now

"Screw 'em!, this is our time"

 
 

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