Jordan Staal’s short handed shot heard around the world, is the start of an evolution. The Penguins have searched long and hard for a crack in Detroit’s armor to no avail, so they cracked it themselves. Jordan Staal’s short handed goal in the second period of Thursday’s game instilled a world of confidence in the Penguins players and has left the Detroit players shaking in their skates.
What does Detroit have to say about the “Shot heard around the world…”?
Mikael Samuelsson: “That’s something we can’t allow to happen, definitely not a short hander, We can’t allow something like that to happen. That was a big goal for them.”
Nicklas Lidstrom: “Pittsburgh gained a lot of momentum on the shorthanded goal by Staal and playing in front of their crowd. They were really getting into it and that gave their team a boost”
Jonathan Ericsson: “we’re thinking about getting a goal ourselves and then they wind up getting one on us, so it’s tough”
Coach Mike Babcock: “Obviously, we had the game going pretty good. The crowd was pretty quiet. Our power plays hurt us, for sure, and sucked the life out of us.”
The Penguins take on the goal:
Sidney Crosby: “I thought that goal gave us a boost and the fans were into it even more than they typically are. They felt it and as players we wanted to respond”
Jordan Staal: “It’s obviously one of the biggest ones of my career so far, I think you can’t beat a Stanley Cup Final goal. To try to change a game like that, it’s pretty exciting.”
How quick they turn on their teammates. Instead of taking responsibility for the four goals he let in, Chris Osgood, who owes his livelihood to Detroit’s great defense blamed them for the goals scored. “The bottom line is we were just giving them too many odd-man rushes.” Osgood said. The bottom line is that if Osgood had to face the kind of shots that most other goaltenders in the league face on a regular basis, he wouldn’t be in the NHL.
NBC is making a huge mistake again. NBC will not allow the Pittsburgh Penguins to show the game outside at the Igloo. Do they think the fans outside don’t watch the commercials? At the last two games at Mellon Arena the Penguins announcer announced they would like to thank VERSUS for allowing them to show the game on the big screen outside. The only thing stronger than the NHL fans huge brand loyalty is the NHL fans brand disloyalty. Yesterday I went and removed every NBC show I had from my Tivo DVR, other than the game of course.
Malkin and Crosby numbers are through the roof. Captain Crosby is back! With a beautiful goal, and a unbelievable one timer assist on Thursday. He leads all players this post season with 15 goals. Malkin, well, he has never left. He leads all post season players in scoring and assists, as a matter of fact, Malkin and Crosby are #1 and #2 in scoring, goals and assists and there is no-one even remotely close. Here is they company they are keeping among the top Pittsburgh Penguin single post season scorers:
Mario Lemieux 1991 44
Evgeni Malkin 2009 35
Mark Recchi 1991 34
Mario Lemieux 1992 34
Kevin Stevens 1991 33
Sidney Crosby 2009 31
Kevin Stevens 1992 28
Ron Francis 1992 27
Mario Lemieux 1996 27
Sidney Crosby 2008 27
Marian Hossa 2008 26
Jaromir Jagr 1992 24
Larry Murphy 1991 23
Jaromir Jagr 1996 23
Evgeni Malkin 2008 22
The search for Marion WHOssa continues. You can pick up your Hossa “Wanted for treason against the Pittsburgh Nation” T-shirt at Yinzers in the Strip District. Read WTAE’s: “Hossa Hatred: Pittsburgh Fans Still Angry At Ex-Penguin”
A few PenguinPoop fans sent us in some pictures from the last two games, even though we didn’t ask for them:
Tickets available for game 6. Gate One at Mellon Arena and TicketMaster.com will be selling 500 tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals game 6 on Monday morning at 10am. Last game the Penguins sold 1000 tickets in 8 minutes, so get there fast.
Chris Osgood: “We can’t expect Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) to be the knight in shining armor and come and save us”
Captain Crosby “These last couple at home here have been desperation from us and it’s going to be that way the rest of the way through.”
Game time is 8PM and can be seen in high definition at the Joe Lewis Arena or on NBC but not outside at the Igloo.