So, there you have it.
The Penguins are using home ice to their advantage, and from what I've seen, this series is possibly far from done! I did say that the Red Wings would have this in six games, but that would mean winning at least one on Pittsburgh ice.
Can the Red Wings rebound in Game Four to take one in the Steel City?
Well, tonight, the secondary scoring showed up for the Penguins in the form of Maxime Talbot. The first and last goals of the game come off Talbot's stick and it didn't come easy.
The fact that Osgood only faced 21 shots may hinder the idea that he is a viable Conn Smythe Playoff MVP if the Red Wings pull this off. It will have to be a rock solid performance for him here on out.
I think that Malkin's behind the scenes three assists was key to this game. His performance after the fight at the end of Game Two proved who was the bigger impact winner from the emotional factors that be.
If you want to see what Game Four will be like, mix the emotions of both Game Two and Three, and you'll have a charged up Red Wings squad versus a confident Penguins unit. Things could be very physical in Game Four considering how well that worked in the first half of this game in favor of the Red Wings.
If the physical play keeps up, and the defensive melt-downs are addressed, Detroit will take Game Four. If the tone is consistent through to Game Four with echoing sentiments of tonight's performance on both sides, then Pittsburgh can expect a huge momentum swing in this series.
After all is said and done, the Red Wings have to win Game Four if they want to ensure winning this series. The Penguins having the second change definitely went in their favor.
I hate saying this, but the referees were also in the Penguins favor. I am not one of those that will harp on some conspiracy theories that the league is pulling for the Penguins, but some of the calls made tonight were soft. It just so happens that the Penguins nailed two power-play goals in the end. If the Red Wings can play "Mister Nice Guy" but still deliver a physical game in Game Four while staying out of the box, they're bound to win.
The question now surrounds the defensive pairings against Pittsburgh's top line, and the force that control the front of the net. Do the Red Wings' forwards need to step back a bit to support the defense, or push forward for more scoring opportunities by putting more traffic in front of Fleury? The Video Coaching staff now has their work cut out for them.
Good night, everybody! Talk to you all real soon.
~The Rant Man~