Red Wings Lead Series 2-0

Mellon Arena

Nobody needs to tell you what's at stake tonight.
The entire world is writing the Pittsburgh Penguins off.
People have been whispering the word "sweep."
The Red Wings are planning a parade.
That guy with the white gloves is making arrangements to be in attendance on Thursday.

We'll be honest.
There are a lot of situations we would rather be in than the one we're in right now.
Going down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final hasn't been fun.
The 1971 Montreal Canadiens were the last team to come back from this sort of deficit in the Final.
31 other teams have failed.

That doesn't mean anything.

The other big story tonight is Marian Hossa returning to the Mellon Arena.
The media has been all over this ever since the final match-up was set.
Hossa has essentially been a non-factor in this series so far.

He has 14 points in the playoffs this year.
Bill Guerin has 15.

Hossa's not worth our time.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to defeat the Detroit Red Wings tonight, not Marian Hossa.


"Milhouse, knock him down if he's in your way! Jimbo, Jimbo, go for the face! Ralph Wiggum lost his shin guard! Hack the bone! Hack the bone! "

Lisa Simpson


Washington Place between Centre and Bedford avenues will be closed tonight.
Police are expecting a huge crowd for the game.

If you're going and you want a sign, you can print this.

Most importantly, be loud.
There will be a "whiteout" tonight as well.

Again, be loud.

If you want to boo Hossa, that's your decision, but it's also important that you spend your time cheering FOR the Penguins,
not just against the Red Wings.

The Mellon Arena is our house.

Let them know that.



Sidney Crosby has been named as a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla are the other two finalists.


Sidney Crosby didn't speak to the media yesterday and everyone made a big deal about it.

Detroit winger Mikael Samuelsson is ill and may not play tonight.

Mario Lemieux will be part of the ceremonial puck drop tonight.


There isn't much else to say.

Do it.

Go Pens.