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Cup final – Game 4, post-game update

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A few thoughts and observations following the Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Mellon Arena in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final:

STAR GAZING

The top three stars from Game 4:

1-G Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins. His 37 saves gave him 64 of 68 in Games 3 and 4. There will be an answer – FLEURY, FLEURY!

2-C Jordan Staal, Penguins. His first Final goal, a shorthanded-tally no less, and dominance all over the ice – this was the best game of his career, and he’s had a few dazzlers.

3-(tie) Cs Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Penguins. Two goals. Four points. Starring when their team needed them most. M-V-Ps.

STAT THAT SHOULD INTEREST YOU

Red Wings RW Marian Hossa has failed to score a goal on 17 Final shots. Penguins.

ANOTHER STAT THAT SHOUL D INTEREST YOU

The team to win the in the shots battle has lost every game of this Final.

THEY KNOW THE DRILL

Detroit coach Mike Babcock was behind one bench for the last Final to open with home teams holding serve. His Anaheim Mighty Ducks won Games 3 and 4 at home in 2003 after dropping Games 1 and 2 at New Jersey. Home games won out in that Final. Also a member of that Anaheim team: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

HISTORY LESSON

Since losing Games 3 and 4 at home of a first-round series against Ottawa in 2007, the Penguins are 15-1 in the first two games of playoff series played at Mellon Arena. If necessary, they’re record in the next road game is 5-1.

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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