Any decent playoff team can win a game three at home.
You're back in your home, the crowd is behind you and it provides for a little burst of energy that the team you are playing doesn't get.
The Penguins didn't play their best game last night, and still somehow came out the winner.
The funny thing about this Stanley Cup Final is that the statistical winner of the game is not winning on the score board. The Red Wings almost out-everythinged Pittsburgh, and still came out with the loss—similar to the way Pittsburgh held the statistical advantage in Games One and Two, and lost those two games.
Does this mean we should look for a crapfest of a hockey game in this series fourth battle?
Marian "Game Four" Hossa
There are a few interesting story lines heading into game four. Marian Hossa is goalless in this series against the Penguins, similar to the way he was goalless in the first three games in all of the series to this point.
But in each Game Four so far, Hossa has put up two goals—and in no town would it be sweeter for him to score two more.
Hossa had his typical Game Three as well, looking primed to score, but just missing on several occasions. While Pittsburgh fans will be quick to point out his staggered production, Red Wing fans should take comfort in his defensive effort, and consistency so far in the fourth game of a series.
Can he keep it up in the Finals? If he can guide the Wings to a Game Four victory in the Finals, he will have been well worth the money this year.
The number of penalties being called is nice, letting the teams play and letting a lot of calls go. The only problem is when there is a call made, it seems like no matter what team it is on, it is the weakest of what has happened on the ice. The number of calls is okay, the quality of the calls is not. Can both sides agree on that?
It also seems strange that the refs thought it prudent to just ask Pittsburgh's sixth man to step off the ice in the offensive zone, as opposed to calling a penalty. Too many men is suppose to be a no-brainer, especially in the attacking zone. If you call that penalty. the calls are even at three at the end of the game, giving no team the advantage, and it very well could have changed the look of the game.
To play devils' advocate at the time, the refs may not have known they were calling that many penalties. The bottom line is that they didn't call it, and I understand the nature of the beast, so enough said on that.
He is still not on the list of goal scorers, but thanks to a couple power plays, fans tuning into see the next best thing were finally able to find him not being blanketed by Zetterberg.
Also, in the second intermission of VS coverage in game three, they were able to fit the name "Sidney Crosby" in almost two dozen times. A daunting task for a network that provides just under 10 minutes of intermission material.
Sidney Crosby was also nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership award, when asked about the award, the only player Messier could think of that carried a franchise like Crosby does was Wayne Gretzky.
I can think of one more, and he is probably the greatest Captain of all time. They retired his jersey with a "C" on it. He resurrected a franchise that is still in its prime today...