The Wings, luck or not, won Game one.
But in typical Wing fashion. That isn't good enough. There always has to be some rhetoric:
Is Mike Babcock serious?
"To me the battle they had going last night between Zetterberg and Crosby was a great battle, I thought,'' Babcock said. "I thought (Crosby) went head hunting right off the hop. His ability to respond was good. I think that's a game within the game. If you're a hockey purist and you like superstars who bring it, that's a nice match up.''
Honestly is calling Sidney Crosby a "head hunter," a smart thing to do?
You have the Pens frustrated. You have them in a hole. You beat them last year.
And now you're calling their Captain a head hunter?
It seems almost excessive at this point.
Clearly Bing knows what Babcock is trying to do:
“I’m not going to get involved with his games,” said Crosby, who was also involved an incident when he slashed Detroit centre Kirk Maltby at the whistle. “He can say whatever he wants. I don’t think I’ve been known as a headhunter throughout my career. So, he’s the first one ever to say that. That’s interesting stuff.”
Very calculated move by head coach Babcock.
He may have gotten into Crosby's head.
But he might have also fired up the entire Penguins team.
We let trolls come and go as they please.
They can say whatever they want.
But when they exhibit the level of moron that PaulinMiamiBeach did,
drastic measures have to be taken.
If you can't see the parallels. You've already lost the faith.
Watching a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals takes years off your life.
They should pass a law that when your team loses a game in the Cup Finals, you shouldn't be allowed to drive, interact with humans, or be behind the keyboard of a computer for at least an hour.
If you contemplated taking hostages at your local BP after the game, you are not alone.
Time will cut like a razor blade Sunday morning and into the afternoon.
Every click of the clock that goes by, you'll try to ignore everything from NHL.com to WPXI.
You won't succeed, and you'll have to see some highlight.
Vomiting is okay.
After the initial thoughts of robbing our BP and heading for the border, we came to our senses.
And here's the thing...
For something good to happen, something's got to go wrong first.
That's all that happened in Game One at JLA.
And no one in their right mind could come out of Game One
thinking that the Wings' victory means this series in the bag.
Did you see the "goals" they scored?
The only decent scoring chance they had was when Hossa had an open net.
And he missed.
On the flip side, did you see the Penguins causing turnovers?
Did you see Satan, Malkin, and Letang getting some pretty good chances?
Did you see the Pens forwards controlling the puck in the offensive zone?
Did you see Zetterberg close his hand on the puck in the crease?
If you're a Detroit fan, you're thinking," Wings won, food stamps came today, series is over."
We're thinking, "Shockingly, they don't award the Cup after one game in the Finals.
Kirk Maltby is a hack."
Everyone will once again be talking about the heroics of Osgood.
And Fleury will be tossed under a bus.
But not here.
There was nothing Fleury could do.
So it's a shame that Game 2 is the most important game in Fleury's career to date.
He will be faced with the challenge of having to shut the door and get the Pens back to Mellon City 1-1.
A 2-0 Red Wings lead is death.
Those turnovers the Pens were causing?
It wasn't that Detroit was nervous. "They've been here before," remember?
It is only a matter of time.
Joe Louis Arena
Series Tied 0-0
June 4th, 2008
For the last 360 days, this is all you've thought about.
Last year you watched the Red Wings raise the Stanley Cup in the Mellon Arena.
The only Stanley Cup ever presented in Pittsburgh was given to Detroit.
A lot has changed since then.
Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Adam Hall, Ty Conklin, Marian Hossa, Georges Laraque, Jarko Ruutu, Darryl Sydor and Ryan Whitney are no longer with the Penguins.
In their place stand Chris Kunitz, Craig Adams, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Mathieu Garon, Eric Godard, Matt Cooke, Bill Guerin and Philippe Boucher.
But the pain of losing is still with this team.
Ask Sidney Crosby or Marc-Andre Fleury or Max Talbot what it felt like last year.
We thought this email from an old friend summed up what we're all feeling:
My wife and I were travelling back from the Northeast to Ohio for a friend's wedding this past weekend, and we left on Friday morning, the day after the Pens Game 2 victory.As we moved through airports, I wore my hat and backpack, each appropriately adorned with large Pens logos, felt a little taller, and walked with a little more pride and confidence that the Boys were playing well. When we reached our connecting flight at Washington-Dulles, my wife and I noticed several people wearing Penguins stuff. Passing each Pens fan that we saw, I tipped my hat to each of them and nodded; each fan would nod back just the same.It felt like we all knew the same thing: the Boys are on a roll, but it's too early to get excited.There's more work to be done
Bring the noise.
We just checked...
There's a trio of men who are 2-0 all-time at the Joe.
Rick City returns tomorrow. Nothing really going on right now.
It is a much deserving quiet night.
One pic, of many we wanted to share from Contestblog, which Rick will have winners some time this weekend.
We may have a surprise tonight.
And if you haven't heard, [A2Y] apparently has some earth shattering dirt on us. No clue.
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We don't know why. We don't dare to ask why.
But there has been one quote floating in our heads the last 24 hours.
"When you go into a lion's den, you don't tiptoe in. You carry a spear.You go in screaming like a banshee and say, 'Where is that son of a bitch?'"
Last season, the Pens tiptoed into the Finals.
By the time they knew what was going on, they were down 2 games to none.
That part of your brain that keeps you in check and tells you not to touch little boys
was telling you that the series was already over.
This season, the Pens are kicking the door down and they are pissed.
And that quote is from former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick.
Had to be done.