Stanley Cup Finals Game 7: Quick Notes

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Stanley Cup Finals Game 7: Quick Notes
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I had some very interesting comments prior to and after game 6 Tuesday night. 

Thanks for the feedback, however, keep the bias off my board! 

Detroit fans, you need to lose the notion that you have a right to the Stanley Cup.

My five reasons the Penguins would win game six were almost spot on.

5:  Marc-Andre Fleury played like a superstar and not just an above-average goaltender. His save on Dan Cleary's breakaway was clutch. With help from Rob Scuderi and a goal post in the second period, the "Flower" is blooming at the right time.

4:  Mellon Arena was on fire. From the first period video spot of Mike Tomlin firing up the crowd, as well as the video of James Farrior and Hines Ward among others encouraging the 17,132 to get loud and make some noise, there was no lull in the electricity inside the igloo.

3:  The "BIG 3" may not have all come through, but Jordan Staal sure did. 

2:  The Pens won the first of what needs to be back-to-back wins in order to hoist the Cup. 

1:  For all the negative comments about Mario Lemiuex and what he did and did not do, I would have to think his image crossed every players mind. Especially when the powers that be ran the "It weighs 35 pounds" spot on the JumboTron, with a lasting impression of Lemiuex with Lord Stanley.

Looking ahead to Game Seven

As absent as Sidney Crosby has been this series, Evgeni Malkin was silenced again in game six. Look for those two to lay it all on the line at the Joe.

With that said, Marian Hossa has also been held without a goal in the series. Outside of goalie play on Friday night, it will come down to which teams' playmaker shines. Crosby vs. Hossa is just as big as Osgood vs. Fleury.

The Pens had many different line changes Tuesday night. At one point, Crosby was centering Malkin and Guerin. The next, it was Malkin centering Fedotenko and Sykora.  The same Sykora that hadn't dressed all series, began the night on the fourth line.

If I were Disco Dan Bylsma, my lines for Game Seven would look a little something like this:

Guerin-Crosby-Talbot

Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora

Cooke-Staal-Kennedy

Adams-Big 3-Kunitz

That leaves out Pascal Dupuis, but he hasn't been seen since Marian Hossa left town.

If things are dire in the early going, and with the talk of moving Jordan Staal to a wing spot, how would this look for a change of pace at some point in Game Seven?

Malkin-Crosby-Staal

You'd be able to give those guys a quick rest by having this line roll out next—

Fedotenko-Talbot-Sykora

And if you wanted to rest them a bit longer, how about—

Cooke-Kennedy-Guerin

Obviously, the "BIG 3" line would be shown once or twice a period at most, but can you imagine?

See you in the parking lot for all the marbles on Friday night!  More to come...

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