Game Four Puts The Penguins On The Brink. Maybe They Shouldn’t Have Made The Trade.
May 31, 2008 in Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, NHL playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Toe Blake, Vancouver Canucks Tags: Angelo Esposito, Bob Cole, Colby Armstrong, Detroit Red Wings, Erik Christensen, Evgeny Malkin, Gary Roberts, Habs, Harold Ballard, Henrik Zetterberg, hockey, Marian Hossa, Montreal Canadiens, NHL playoffs, Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup, Toe Blake, Vancouver Canucks
By beating Pittsburgh 2-1 Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings are only one game away from (1) winning the Stanley Cup, and (2), making me look really smart because I predicted Detroit in five games.
Detroit just seems too deep in the lineup for the Penguins. It’s a team of much more than simply Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nick Lidstrom. There’s all kinds of contributors spread throughout this lineup. Kind of makes you wonder how they went something like one win and eight losses during a bad stretch in the regular season.
And they’re doing this job with seven Swedes in their lineup. What would Harold Ballard think?
Pittsburgh on the other hand is Sidney Crosby, Gary Roberts, who makes up with heart what he’s lost in skill, (he is, after all, about 80 years old), and sometimes Marian Hossa and Evgeny Malkin.
Malkin looks like he’s in school, learning with great surprise that it takes a whole different game in the playoffs than it does in the regular season. Maybe he’s learning for future years, maybe not. All I know is that if I’m choosing a Russian for my team, I’d pick Pavel Datsyuk over Malkin. Datsyuk has this wonderful feistiness that I didn’t realize he had, and it goes along perfectly with his great skill.
Marian Hossa is good, not great, and I think Pittsburgh may have been more successful if they would’ve kept Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, instead of trading these young studs to Atlanta for the hired gun, Hossa. And don’t forget, Pittsburgh also gave away future star Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick in this Hossa deal.
Not to mention the fact that Hossa could be gone from Pittsburgh after this season.
Announcer Bob Cole has been doing a fairly good job in this series. Maybe he’s only a wanker when he does Habs games.
Further to the last post regarding arenas and how most are named after banks and other corporations. It occurred to me today that maybe Vancouver Canucks fans might want to hope that BC Ferries doesn’t buy General Motors Place. There’s something about BC Ferries Place that doesn’t sound right. Don’t you think?