We may have jumped the gun in burying the Stanley Cup Final as we did in this post two days ago (and some of you said as much). The Final’s first two games reportedly have been the highest rated in seven years, and their cause can only be helped by the fact that the Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to not roll over and die. From Why? Sports:
Sidney Crosby(notes) still didn’t find the net as Henrik Zetterberg(notes) shadowed him whenever possible—Crosby has one assist in three games—but playoff scoring leader Evgeni Malkin(notes) set up the first three goals. Malkin, almost invisible at times during last year’s finals, has 33 points in 20 games—the most since Joe Sakic(notes) had 34 for Stanley Cup champion Colorado in 1996.
Pittsburgh also went 2 for 3 on the power play, with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock calling the interference penalty on Jonathan Ericsson(notes) that led to Gonchar’s game-winner.
Game Four will be played in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Puck Daddy has a great interview with one of the greatest players of all time, Bobby Hull. And Mark Messier has his own award now? When did this happen?