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Cup final – Game 4, post-game update

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.

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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