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NHL Playoffs Penguins at Red Wings - 06-02-08

Jun 2, 2008 8:03 PM

by Kevin Stott | Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings (-240, 5o -125 LVH) (NBC): Poor, poor Pittsburgh. With a 5-to-3 man advantage against Detroit on Saturday, the Penguins could not score and ultimately lost to the Wings, 2-1. And the writing is now on the wall for this young group as only six teams in league history have made it to a Game 7 after falling behind 3-1.

With Henrik Zetterberg – really the most valuable player in the NHL despite all the rumblings about Ovechkin and Crosby and Malkin and Nabokov – all is possible for Detroit and no easy shots are coming for Pittsburgh. Did you see him chop down on Crosby’s stick in the crease during that aforementioned 5-on-3 preventing Pittsburgh from grabbing the lead? You won’t find stuff like that in the box score…

Now 9-1 at Joe Louis in the playoffs, expect Detroit and goalie Chris Osgood (13-3 playoffs), who has allowed just four goals in four games so far, to close it out tonight in a frenzied game where the Penguins will go for the first score and spend the first 30 minutes of the game expending almost all their energy. And it will be in those last 30 minutes when Pittsburgh’s tanks are on "E" where Detroit will make them pay and put the finishing touches on this championship season. The price is high but there is a reason why. Let’s lay the lumber in what may be the last hockey game of the season. Mahalo. RED WINGS -240.