don taylor wrote:As Detroits shifts get shorter and the old men DRAG ASS back to the bench, youth will begin to take over. If Malkin gets on track, The wings don't stand a chance. They have been fortunate to catch us off our game. Even if we lose this year, we have it on lock down for YEARS to come.
LETS GO PENS!!!
Obviously both teams were extremely fatigued as the game went on, but there was no doubt that the Pens were the more fatigued team of the two. The loss of Gonchar and Malone for a period of time caused Terrian to double shift some players in their absense. At one point Malkin lay on all fours because he was so gassed. After a long period after the whistle he final stood and skated to the bench. Detroit played great defense and had oodles of opportunity to end the game. If it werent for the brilliance of Fluery game 5 woulda ended with a cup celebration in Hockeytown. We stayed aggressive and snuffed the life out of Pens. Say what you want, but Detroit dominated the Pens once they were over their first period jitters and that continued throughout the OT until Pittsburgh finally scored on the PP. For a Wings fan it was like meeting Dan Ellis in Nashville again!
...Whats it take to beat this guy?
As to the second part of your comment, Im not so sure the Pens will have it on lockdown for years to come. They have a great team right now, and no doubt have some bright stars, but they face a big challenge this summer keeping their team together. They could lose, Marian Hossa, Brooks Oprik, and even Brian Malone to free agency. All of whom made the series a series in the end IMO. Crosby's pricy 5 year contract along with the big bill of Malkin, Fluery and Staal over the next two seasons will make it difficult to sign a high profile guy like Hossa and keep the character guys like Orpik and Malone on the roster under the salary cap. Itll be interesting to see what plays out there.
As for the Wings, theyre core is locked up, theyll probably sign Stuart to a longer contract, make a deciscion on Chelios, and what theyre going to do with our up and coming D-men, Derick Meech and Kyle Quincy. If anybody has it on "lockdown" out of the two, its Detroit. Im not saying that just because im a Wings fan, but becasue of the reality of each situation. The Wings are built to be competitive for years to come and the components are already in place, whereas the Pens players are short term as of now.
All that crap aside, Hey hey HOCKEYTOWN!!! How about those Red Wings! 2008 Stanley Cup Champions!....man that sounds nice.
Hard fought and well deserved. Its great to have it back in Motown.
Heres some humor all Wing fans will love. Someone posted this on another forum i frequent. If your a Pens fan, viewer discresion is advised.
http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum ... p?t=238011