They wanted that victory in the first game, so they exchanged blow for blow with the Pens.
And now after having the one-game lead, they felt they could sit back and wait for their chances.
The Red Wings aren't "beating the Pens defensemen" to dump-ins.
The Pens d-men just aren't turning the tricks that the Wings d-men are.
Wings dictating the game.
Passing up some chances.
Absolutely nothing going on.
Attribute it to the snore game plan implemented by Babcock.
Later in the period, the Pens were finally learning how to break it.
A couple opportunities.
Fedotenko had the best one.
Pens get a power play late.
Malkin was the most electrifying player in the first.
No coincidence he draws the first penalty.
And no coincidence that he gets the goal. 1-0.
A minute in, Mikael Samuelsson drops a people's elbow on Staal. Abused.
The elbows weren't done.
Osgood misplays a puck and elbows Kunitz. Bizarre.
Malkin gets a chance in front. Shoots it into Osgood.
They force an icing. Samuelsson interferes with Malkin off a face-off.
Slapshot. Goal. 1-1.
The puck may have left the zone. No one cares to even mention it again.
They remind you on the next shift. Kunitz leads a rush. Drops it to Orpik.
Looks like a quarterback sneak in the crease.
Crosby sets up Guerin. Big Ben.
Crosby sets up Guerin. Redirects wide.
Finally, an NBC broadcaster notices the obstruction that happens on every play.
Johan Franzen pushes Kunitz near the Wings' bench.
Kunitz takes the chance to leap into it with elbows flying.
Pens survive a last-minute surge.
Defending a 3-1 lead, the interference and obstruction were able to flow in beautiful harmony.
NBC even shows a highlight of Crosby being "cancelled" against the boards by Stuart when he doesn't even have the puck.
Again, no clue.
Then Hal Gill does it to Hossa. Fans are beside themselves for some reason.
You turn the game off if it's called.
Crosby gets to cruise through the neutral zone without "sharing the ice" with Zetterberg.
He embarrasses the D, who flail around.
Osgood lucks out with a save. Even he thought it goes past him.
- We took a shitload of flack at PUCK DADDY when we said Darren Helm was the player we feared most before the series. Yeah.
- No use getting pissed off or frustrated.
- Pens have to start using Wings-esque pick plays to free up Bing. We'll see it in Game 3. Probably get called for it.
- Pens lose first two on the road. We've seen it before this year. Jusy sayin'.
- The voice that tells us not to touch little boys isn't saying this series is over.
- Bill McCreary has never heard that voice.