Pens Knot the Series at Two Apiece

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is knocked to the ice as he attacks against Johan Franzen #93 and goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Four of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 4, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Game one, the Red Wings win 3-1.

One night later, Red Wings win game two by the same score.

Everything working to their advantage, right?

Well, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally said enough, setting off the horn a total of eight times between games three and four. Both times, the Pens won 4-2 over Detroit.

Chris Osgood, the Red Wings goaltender, gave up just two goals in 114 shot attempts in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. In game three, he gave up four goals on 20 shots.

In game four, Ozzy had 31 saves, so a little better, but his second period was miserable.

The Wingers led 2-1 and were on a power play. Before it went to 5-on-5 again, Jordan Staal scored a short-handed goal to tie the game. Sidney Crosby struck 1:59 later to give the Pens a 3-2 lead.

Tyler Kennedy added his insurance goal three-and-a-half minutes later to round out the scoring in game four.

The Wingers had 39 shots on goal, but have only managed to score four times during their two-game road trip at Mellon Arena.

The offense needs to step up, Osgood needs to pay better, and the defense needs to skate faster and not allow Evgeni Malkin, Crosby, and the other speedy Penguins to get the loose pucks and create so many scoring opportunities.

Should Detroit hold at the Joe, they win. It is that simple, but again, who said it was simple to win in the playoffs, let alone the Stanley Cup.

Game five from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is set for Sunday at 8 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on NBC.