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:
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.
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.