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Stanley Cup Final Game 4

I will be updating this post later tonight to provide my thoughts on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Check out this preview story at NHL.com.

Check back later!

Update 19:08 PM ET:

Face-off less than a hour away. I expect Mellon Arena to be loud again tonight. We’ll find out if Detroit can win and possibly end it on Monday or if Pittsburgh can even the series and possibly extend it to the end of next week.

Update 20:58 PM ET:

Well, one power play goal for each team in the first period and score is 1-1 after one. Have to give the edge to Pittsburgh, because they scored first. Both team’s records are impressive when they score first. But, it appears that the game is playing to Detroit’s style. They have the edge on shots 14-9. Without Holmstrom tonight, the first line is not running smoothly for the Red Wings. But, 40 minutes to play, the results could be different. We will see what will happen.

On another note, I was surprised not to see Chris Chelios tonight for Detroit.

Update 21:51 PM ET:

Correction from the first period, Red Wings goal was scored after the power play expired. So, it was an even strength goal. The second period was uneventful. It was hard played period. The goalies are playing well. Both are making key saves when called upon. There have also been some good hitting as well. This is what I had expected the series to be like. This game has the makings of going to OT tonight. I still believe that the Red Wings are at the advantage right now. But, the omen of the first goal still gives Pittsburgh an edge. Yet, stranger things have happen in the playoff hockey.

Update 22:47 PM ET:

Woah!  The Red Wing steal Game 4 from the Pens.  Jiri Hurdler scored the winning goal tonight in the third period beating Marc-Andre Fleury off his left arm.  And the Penguins could not get anything going on their power play chances.  Why?  Henrik Zetterberg made some good moves to get a scoring chance during the Pens’ 5-3 that pretty much ended any chances of tying the game.  Even pulling the goalie did not provide the Pens with the tying goals.  Chris Osgood was solid again net tonight.

The series could end on Monday.  The Pens will need to make some major changes in order to return on Wednesday for Game 6.  Several things ended tonight.  First, Pens lost for the first time when scoring first in the playoffs.  Second, the first home game lost in the playoff for the Pens.  Finally, first home game lost for Fleury since last fall [Note: Fluery was out with an injury most of the year].

The Red Wings played their game tonight and stole the game from the Pens.  Team defense is winning is this series and Detroit is doing it.

Recap of Game 4 here. Game Summary here.

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