Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4 (5/31/08)

The rock-n-roll pace of game 3 continued in the first period of game 4.  The action was incredible both ways.  There were tons of hits and also a lot of penalties.   The teams traded power play goals so the game was 1 to 1 at the end of the period.  Both teams had great chances but I felt like Pittsburgh played slightly better in the first period even though they were out shot by the Red Wings.  Detroit seemed a little sloppy with the puck and the Penguins seemed more confident.  I was relieved not to be behind after one.  I thought Osgood looked a little shaky at first.  He failed to cover the post on the goal he allowed and then a short time later one hit the crossbar.  He seemed to settle down after that and played well.

The insane action continued in the second period.  Osgood played very well.  Although neither team scored I felt like Detroit played better than they did in the first.  The Red Wings seemed to have slightly more energy than the Penguins.  The shots were pretty even but it still seemed like the Red Wings had the edge.

In the third period the Red Wings looked more like they did in games 1 and 2.  Detroit was dominant and the Penguins were chasing.  The Red Wings even killed off a long 5 on 3 which gave them even more energy.  The game winning goal was a softie scored by Hudler.  He turned around an shot a backhander from a terrible angle that went through Fleury’s armpit.  There’s no such thing as a bad goal!

All in all, with the exception of the final score, this game seemed exactly like game 3.  I thought that game 3 could have easily ended up with the Red Wings on top.  Right up to the end it was anybody’s game.  This game was the same deal except that Detroit had the lead.  Averaged out over the whole game I think Detroit played just as well in game 3 as they did in game 4.

Well folks, we’re down to just one more win…it could happen Monday night in front of the home crowd.  Let’s go Red Wings!

This 2 to 1 win brings this Stanley Cup final series to 3-1 Detroit.

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