Quick thoughts after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, which the Penguins trail, 2-0, after a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena:
My three stars from Game 2:
1. G Chris Osgood, Red Wings: Another 31-save effort has him two wins from the Hall of Fame.
2. RW Marian Hossa, Red Wings: His two assists and at-time dominant play was an example of why the Penguins wanted to keep him last summer.
3. LW Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings: He’s going all Jack Nicholson-Joker in the Final, “Wait ’till they get a load of me?”
YINZ DON’T SAY
Dear readers ask, I get to answer …
From Kevin Samuel Haber, senior at the University of Pittsburgh:
“Why did (Penguins coach Dan) Bylsma change the lineup? Having (seven defensemen) and double-shifting (centers Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby alternatively on the fourth line was brilliant, and (the Penguins) were unbeatable against Carolina and in Game 7 against Washington.”
Rossi Rants: Bylsma has led the Penguins to a 30-10-4 record since replacing Michel Therrien on Feb. 15, when the Penguins were 10th in the East. His team is a handful of weird goals-against and a few hit posts from a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. He owes not one Penguins fan an explanation for anything.