Tuesday, May 27, 2008
[ NHL.com RECAP ]
The Pens were just suffocated. There's nothing else to say.
For those who remember, this is just like the 2001 Eastern Conference finals,
when the Devils completely shut down the Pens.
After Detroit started playing not to lose, the game was over.
Still, everyone in the NHL world is waiting for Chris Osgood to be challenged.
What really stings about the loss is Osgood's lack of sportsmanship.
His two blatant dives were embarrassing.
One caused a near riot, just like he did against the Stars.
Another thing that is almost surreal: Detroit fans are now planning a parade.
Check out this blog:
[ 2008 Wings Parade ]
Will the Pens be irritated at their premature burial?
Will it be a surly Pens team that rattles the posts behind Elroy?
Regardless, for Game 3, the Pens will be back with the folks that love them the most...
...in an arena the Penguins own.
Thanks to [Brandon E] for sending that in.
Versus actually showed the national anthem being sung by some joke.
Of course...after the anthem...:
Roberts-Staal-Kennedy started the game and were throwing the body around.
That took 34 seconds.
The Fool was on the ice for the next shift, and he was falling all over himself.
An unreal pace to the first few minutes of the game.
Kronwall gets a solid long jump into Ruutu. Almost a legal hit.
Malone had the first real chance of the period, but the puck bounced off his stick.
A sign of things to come.
The Pens were getting it in deep. The Wings were shooting from outside the circles.
A couple of icing calls against the Wings was the result.
The Wings drew first blood. Brad Stuart fires a shot.
MAF got a piece of it, and it flutters in.
After the goal, the Pens continued not being able to get a shot.
Just smothering defense.
Hal Gill makes the Scuderi guarantee just that much more improbable with a high stick.
Dan Cleary had a chance to make it 2-0, but he somehow missed the net.
After some jobbing, Zetterberg and the world overloaded Fleury, and Jokestrom put it home.
Soon after, Malkin was tripped up, and the Pens jumped on the PP.
They looked solid, but no dice.
The biggest PK of the season was on the way when Malone jobbed Zetterberg.
The Pens survived it.
The biggest PP of the season came right after.
An end-of-the-period goal would have done wonders.
There were some chances, but no dice.
Gary Roberts took a penalty at the end of the period.
The Pens came out in the second and killed Roberts' penalty.
Then it was time to get down to business.
It didn't happen.
Kronwall tried to end someone's life.
Mike Lange mentioned that Kronwall compares himself to the great hitters of all time and watches YouTubes of great hits.
Sounds like he is way too into himself.
Again, it was about this time that Detroit's game plan took hold.
The Pens countered with the best they had.
A few people got tackled, but they don't call penalties in Detroit.
The game dipped into the second half of the period.
Orpik and Jokestrom went off, and there was gonna be some 4-on-4.
No dice on that.
The Wings would forecheck, lose the puck, then bolt back to the neutral zone.
That happened about five more times in the second.
The Pens had to wait for a mistake, and one came.
Some joke fell, and the Pens had their chance.
Staal missed the net, almost forcing Elroy to make an actual NHL save.
Somewhere in there, Kris Draper's helmet fell off.
Malkin got tripped, and the refs look away.
This recap is probably as boring as the game itself. We can't help it.
[Fast-forward to the 0:40 mark]
Hossa jobs Rafalski, and the Wangs were on the PP again.
We'd sound like Caps fans if we would complain about every call.
The Pens killed it, so whatev.
The first half of the third was like the rest of the game.
Wangs forechecking, losing the puck, and bolting back to the neutral zone.
It's what had to be done.
Ryan Malone jobbed Zetterberg, but Datsyuk had to protect his bf, so there was some 4-on-4 on the way.
Dallas Drake tripped up Roberts.
The Pens got one of their final gasps.
A huge opportunity, and everyone knew it.
The Pens win the face-off and look poised to get something going.
Osgood makes his first appearance of the game and jobs Malone.
Malone goes to the box.
If this were a penalty. we would be the first to say so. But come on.
The dive would change the game.
And then the money shot came.
Flopper flops on a semi-breakaway and beats MAF with a sick effort.
because that's where he should've been for hooking someone 20 seconds prior.
Give props to Osgood. After that goal, he had to save an Orpik slapper.
It was a tough one, but he was able to knock it aside.
Out of nowhere, The Fool embarrassed hockey fans everywhere with the gayest dive since Greg Louganis.
He takes a hit from Roberts and falls to the ice like a ton of bricks.
Get some guts.
See the ref?
He may have actually been laughing at the embarrassing diplay.
Miraculously, Franzen was able to play his next scheduled shift, cried about something, and the Wings ended up with a PP.
It was killed.
Regardless, there was 5:00 left in the game.
Osgood had to make a save on a Whitney slapper.
Again, it was a tough one, but he got the job done.
Franzen's halo that we expected after the Roberts hit came into effect when Whitney jobs him.
Whitney goes to the box.
Again, Chris Osgood challenges Franzen for dive of the year.
Petr Sykora, no question the dirtiest player in the league, apparently shoots him with a 12-gauge shotgun at point-blank range.
Have some respect for the game.
You're up 3-0 in the game. No reason for it.
It doesn't make sense, and it is low class.
The game was in hand, and it led to an ugly line brawl for no reason,
other than for Chris Osgood to feel like a puppet master.
Whatever the case...
- Roberts justified his cult status. Gutsy performance.
- Malone was mixing it up, getting shit going.
- If you had the Pens in 6, they had to lose twice.
- Dress BGL and have him run straight into Osgood so that we at least earn the two minutes.
- Old NHL?
- Is the west that much better?
- Make no mistake. Detroit's system is elite.
- Pens played better.
- Mellon Arena is our only hope.
"We took two penalties tonight on the goalie. We never take penalty to the goalie in the playoff. I'll tell you something, I reviewed those plays. He's a good actor. He goes to players, and he's diving. Took away our power play. Got to get focused. I know our players are frustrated right now. It's tough to play the game. But Osgood did the same thing against
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