Game Four Suspense Starts with the Detroit Lineup!!
Thursday June 4th, 2009
Datsyuk or no Datsyuk...that was the question. ....The tone about the body checks from Orpik and Cooke also was a story line. The goaltenders will always be talked about, and it really centers on the success/failure of Fleury. Why should the Wings worry? Osgood has the best ever record in the Finals with 10-3 mark. Four games being played in six nights will pose a problem. Will it?
There is no Datsyuk, but Kris Draper is inserted into the lineup after a couple games hiatus. He has only appeared in 4 playoff games and averaged just over 10 minutes. He is needed early in trying to kill off the first penalty....but...the Pens score the first goal of the game with a PP goal. Malkin finds himself in the right place as a wide shot by Letang comes off the boards directly to his stick. He deposits the puck into the wide open net on a gratuitous bounce. 1-0 Pitt.
Osgood makes a big save midway through period one on
Zetterberg moves the puck from low to high in the offensive zone and a “seeing eye” shot by Stuart makes it a 2-1 lead by the Wings, just :46 seconds into the 2nd period. The Wings get their 2nd and 3rd PP’s of the game back to back, but the PK of the Pens produce a short handed goal by Jordan Staal. The game begins to change complexion.
He uses his size and strength to beat Rafalski and then Osgood.....the entire Mellon Arena senses something more. A turnover by Stuart results into
The first 5 minutes in the 3rd period have the Wings controlling the puck. They appear to be poised and patient, but being down by two goals does call for drastic measures...the next goal is so huge if there is to be one. Ten minutes into the period and give
Datsyuk is missed. The bodies continue to fly around the ice all night by both teams. Both goaltenders played a respectable game. The game was won in the 2nd period with the short handed play by Jordan Staal. The crowd was amazing inside and outside Mellon Arena. We have a series now!! Home ice has been big!!! Gotta love it people!!