Sunday, June 1, 2008

Crushing, Devastating, Disappointing, Frustrating

Any of those adjectives apply. The Pens had a 5 on 3 for 86 seconds and just couldn't get it done. Evgeni Malkin looks cashed for the year, Petr Sykora hasn't been heard from in weeks.

It's a dire situation. The Red Wings won a game the Penguins absolutely needed, and a game that could have gone either way with a bounce here and there.

The reality is Detroit is probably lifting Lord Stanley this season, likely Monday night even. As James Mirtle points out that a team with a 3-1 series advantage in the Stanley Cup finals is historically 28-1.

It's happened before. Ponder, for the briefest of moments, that the Pens steal a Game 5 in Detroit. Then they get to come home to extend the series. Then it'd all be on the line for a Game 7.

But that's a long ways away from this frustrated Sunday morning where the Pens look like a team that just has no answers for Detroit. If that's the case, we'll be the first ones to congratulate the Red Wings. But it's not over yet. Let's go down fighting 'til the bitter end, boys.

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