Being down two games in the Stanley Cup Finals for a second straight year puts the Pittsburgh Penguins in a very deep hole against a great Detroit Red Wings team. Even though they have kept the games close for about a period and a half for both games they have not been able to play a complete game from start to finish.
Things might look bad for Penguins fans but here are five things I believe Pittsburgh can do to get back in this series.
1. Stop standing around watching the Red Wings
The Penguins have given up easy goals in game one and game two by not moving their skates and watching the Red Wings take the puck and score. In game one it showed as Justin Abdelkader batted the puck out the air and scored.
Several times in the first two games the Penguins have watched as the Detroit has took the puck from them. That has to stop if the Penguins want to get back in this series.
Pittsburgh is getting good shots on goal they just are not finishing them. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Bill Guerin, and others have got shots on goal only to watch the Red Wings’ goaltender Chris Osgood make great saves.
If the Penguins keep shooting the puck good things will happen but they have to finish the easy goals on break a ways and point blank shots on goal with just the goalie to beat.
3. Fleury has to play better in goal
Fleury is not the kind of goal tender who has shutouts. He cannot though let the Red Wings have easy goals like the third goal in game two by Abdelkader. It should have been a save but instead it found the back of the net. Fleury has made good saves and has not had all the lucky puck bounces in this series but he will have to make his play match that of Osgood.
4. Show the same fire Malkin did at the end of game two
At the end of game two Evgeni Malkin sent a message to the Detroit Red Wings that he was not going to quit in this series. By fighting with Henrik Zetterberg the Penguins star tried to light a fire under his team.
Now can Pittsburgh rally around Malkin and give more support to the star that has showed up to play in this series and not faded like he did against the Capitals?
5. Get some lucky bounces and a win
I know that luck is not something you can really change anything your doing and get but if you can get the puck to bounce your way for some goals as Detroit did in game one and Malkin got with his goal in game two. Nothing but good things can happen.
If you get some luck and easy goals that leads to wins. With a win everything changes and pressure gets relived on the Penguins who would be back in the series with a game three win. If the Penguins can get a sweep at home and tie the series then the pressure falls back on the Red Wings for giving up the two game lead.
A lot of things have to happen before the Penguins can get back in this series against Detroit. If Pittsburgh can get Sidney Crosby rolling that would help the most. Getting a win is the biggest thing they can do.
The Penguins do not have to panic after losing the first two games in Detroit. If you remember they lost the first two games in Washington and came back to win the next two in Pittsburgh and went on to win the series.