The pre-game storyline hype for tonight are mostly about Marian Hossa scoring 2 goals in another game 4 and that Pavel Datsyuk practiced with his team yesterday. Will Datsyuk play in Game 4 or will they keep him out until Game 5? Will Hossa continue his Game 4 – 2 goal production? If Datsyuk does play will he take some of the defensive pressure off of Henrik Zetterberg who has been shadowing Crosby for three games?
Ya gotta luv the drama surrounding all this stuff.
Overlooked in all this hoopla is the play of Kris Letang. I have to believe that the rumors that floated around before Game 3 about Phillippe Boucher replacing Letang was total misdirection drama just like the…
… Datsyuk stuff and Hossa stuff is today.
Letang is the best defenseman on either side… that’s right, on either side. Not many will say this but he is playing better than Gonchar and better than Lidstrom.
Each game this kid gets better and better. He skates faster than both and is as raw talented as both of them, if not more so. He hits harder than both of them… and he has all-around played better than both of them in this series. Besides his speed, pure skating ability, and hard checking that has been put on display… his breakout passes are on the money and he actually wins almost all of the battles for loose pucks. Game by game he has shown tremendous improvement in his over all play which also includes consistently covering-up for others’ mistakes. This kid is experienced at lifting Championship Trophys for a reason. He’s just that good.
We are watching a superstar in the making here and that’s why the Boucher replacing Letang in the lineup was a joke on media. We seldom hear his name mentioned as one of our CORE Players. You have now… and I’m selecting him as my difference maker in Game 4.
Pens 6 — Wings 1
This is DR Hook… carry on