After closing the series gap to one with a 4-2 win, the Penguins were relaxed and loose on Wednesday morning at Mellon Arena. Even
Asked about playing with linemate
Malkin to Talbot: In Russia, joke make you!
"I'm speechless right now," Talbot said through an ear-to-ear smile.
That could be a first for the normally garrulous Talbot, who has proven to be more clutch than a first-time stick-shift driver. At the end of Game 5 during last year's final, the winger raced onto the ice as the extra man and punched in the tying goal with 35 seconds left, forcing overtime and a Game 6.
"He's a determined guy who lays it on the line," said head coach
Talbot also has benefited from playing with a supreme talent like Malkin. With his three assists in Tuesday's Game 3, Malkin has earned the right to poke fun at just about anybody he wants. With a league-leading 33 points, he broke the 15-year-old single-season playoff record by a Russian. Not that Malkin was thinking about it. He didn't even know he had surpassed
Malkin, who disappeared like a piece of tissue in the wind during last year's final, has been a "thorn in our side," as Detroit defenseman
Earlier this postseason, Detroit let in at least one power play goal in 13 straight games. Their PK has been successful only 71.4 percent of the time in these playoffs, almost seven points lower than their regular season average, which ranked 25th in the league.
"It's not even the percentage," said Detroit head coach
What's plaguing the kill? It isn't anything mechanical, say the Wings. They've been positionally sound, blocking shots, doing what typically needs to get done when you're down a man. But Babcock said he was a bit disappointed by their inability to clear the zone on three occasions, which led to the game-winner in the third period of Tuesday's game.
"I don't think it was anything we were doing wrong,"
It's a lot mental, a little lack of focus for the full two minutes, that's hurting Detroit. Everything is magnified on the kill, and decisions between a clearing attempt and eating it in a corner can mean the difference.
The penalty kill could get some help if
After answering the obligatory "How do you feel? Will you be ready for tomorrow night?" by giving away nothing about his status, Datsyuk half-rose from his seat and said, "That's it, right?"
"Oh, I tell you," he continued, "This is not fun to watch. I take in lots of beer. . .[I'd play] wing, center, defenseman, I want to play so bad. I don't want to watch this game again."
He's still a game-time decision, but if he's cleared to play, he'll take some pressure off of teammate