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    Re: Stanley Cup Finals. Discuss.

    Rumor is Letang may be a healthy scratch in favor of Boucher.

    Yikes. I don't know about this move.

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    Re: Stanley Cup Finals. Discuss.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jigawatts
    Rumor is Letang may be a healthy scratch in favor of Boucher.

    Yikes. I don't know about this move.
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    Well, I'm glad that Letang wasn't a healthy scratch, since he scored the tying goal to make it 2-2 after one period.

    I'm surprised they came out with Crosby and Malkin together on their first shift. I think they should put them together more often when trailing, but not right off the bat.

    When trailing, I would roll the following lines:

    Malkin-Crosby-Guerin
    Kennedy-Staal-Kunitz
    Cooke-Talbot-Fedotenko
    Dupuis-Adams-Satan

    I'm still wondering what happened to Sykora. It's as if he fell off the face of the earth. You dont' hear any reports about him whatsoever. I assumed that he was injured when he was going through his slump, and he would be back after a few games off to recoup, but once Bylsma sat him down, he hasn't been heard from since. Hmmm...

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    Now that's more like it. We were a clank off the post away for a hat trick for my man Mad Max. Gotta love it.

    Three assists from Malkin. He's pulled ahead of Crosby in the Conn Smythe race for now.

    Good crowd tonight...booing Benedict Hossa whenever he touched the puck. Our current 81 may have "Satan" on the back of his jersey, but the other 81 is truly the Anti-Christ in the minds of the Pittsburgh faithful.

    It's a shame that Thursday night will be the last time the crazies will get to gather outside of Mellon Arena as well, because of NBC's stupid rule about not allowing the outdoor screen when they are broadcasting. It's pretty awesome when Fox Sports or Versus cuts to footage of people outside the arena going nuts after a Pens goal. NBC is missing out. Morons.

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    Yeah, there's nothing like trying to market a product by doing the exact opposite of
    what would help make it more popular. If the NHL wants to attract a young audience
    they should display the party-like atmosphere. Instead they worry about there ratings
    dipping because a few thousand people are outside watching the game instead of at
    their homes. Maybe NBC should tell people to quit going to bars to watch the games also.

    Idiots.

    It is a good thing Letang wasn't scratched. I have no idea why he would be scratched in
    favor of Boucher. Just one of those crazy rumors that thankfully wasn't true.

    Here's to pulling even tonight.

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    Every game has been close so far, with each team playing well enough to win any of those first three games. Tonight, I'm hoping that we finally take it to them, laying a beating on them that will make an impression on them, shift series momentum in our favor, and get inside the heads of the Wings players as the series shifts back to Motown. Something in the neighborhood of 6-2 would work for me.

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    I'm hoping tonight's the night that those Red Wing legs show their age.

    I agree, a 6-2 smackdown would be a terrific way to take the series back to Detroit.

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    Game Four is huge for both teams. Obviously, for us, we need this game in order to avoid going down 3-1 like last year. Needing to beat this team in three straight games (2 of which would be in Detroit) could be too much to bear. But Rossi and Bendel were talking on the radio today (I was able to listen to the podcast online) about how the Red Wings desperately want to avoid having the series squared up. Would you want to face a team that has the two best players in the world in what would amount to a best-two-out-of-three scenario? In each of the Red Wings previous Cup victories during this 90's-00's era, they never faced a 2-2 best-of-3 situation. They swept the Flyers and Caps in 96-97 and 97-98, beat the Canes 4-1 in 01-02, and beat us 4-2 last year (but won this crutial game 4 battle last year to give them a 3-1 edge heading back to Detroit). They may want this game so badly that they could bring Datsyuk back earlier than he should be brought back with a broken foot. They are already juggling things to insert Draper back into the lineup.

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    Re: Stanley Cup Finals. Discuss.

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    Game Four is huge for both teams. Obviously, for us, we need this game in order to avoid going down 3-1 like last year. Needing to beat this team in three straight games (2 of which would be in Detroit) could be too much to bear. But Rossi and Bendel were talking on the radio today (I was able to listen to the podcast online) about how the Red Wings desperately want to avoid having the series squared up. Would you want to face a team that has the two best players in the world in what would amount to a best-two-out-of-three scenario? In each of the Red Wings previous Cup victories during this 90's-00's era, they never faced a 2-2 best-of-3 situation. They swept the Flyers and Caps in 96-97 and 97-98, beat the Canes 4-1 in 01-02, and beat us 4-2 last year (but won this crutial game 4 battle last year to give them a 3-1 edge heading back to Detroit). They may want this game so badly that they could bring Datsyuk back earlier than he should be brought back with a broken foot. They are already juggling things to insert Draper back into the lineup.
    I think it may work against them. Too much lineup juggling when things were going reasonably well. Im hoping for a backbreaking comeback with the game winner in OT.

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    That second period may have been the best period of hockey I have seen the Pens play in recent memory. Malkin trying to pass to Crosby, it's blocked, so try again, goal. Kunitz to Crosby to Kennedy, goal. The Wings had to use their timeout in the 2nd and it didn't matter. The action continued right down to the buzzer with a Malkin breakaway...that would have been the cherry on the sundae if it went in. Now we just have to keep bringing it in the third.

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