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STANLEY CUP FINALS, GAME 5

THE FAT LADY IS WARMING UP

So the Penguins are down 3 games to one. Of course, there’s
still time for them to pull it together and win three straight. They certainly
have the fire power to do it.

Will it happen? Probably not.

Why? A couple reasons…first of all, this is Sid & Company’s first foray
into the Finals. The Wings have been here before. This means they have a better
handle on what the officials do and don’t call. In the meantime, the Penguins
keep looking for the interference calls that aren’t going to come.

In fact, when Pittsburgh was on a power play
Saturday night, Crosby skated into Andreas
Lilja in order to draw an interference penalty. The gamble paid off, getting
them the 5-on-3, even if they weren’t able to convert. It could have just as
easily have been Sid coughing up the puck and the Wings clearing the zone.

It could very well be that this is the Penguins’ version of 1983, where they do
their final cutting of teeth before they start winning some Cups. The talent is
certainly there.

The problem at this point is, they are too worried about interference instead
of playing through it. The Wings are in their heads, and they have 60 minutes
left to get them out of there.

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