I think it goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway - this game is huge. If the Pens can take two on Bell Centre ice then they have a chance to close it out at home in Game 5. But I also don't think I have to remind you that the Habs, when down 3-1, are not exactly down for the count. Let's stay positive though.
Good news all around for Pens fans the other day when news came out of practice that Jordan Staal is skating again. The comments emphasized it best, but I'm going to say it again here - he's a beast. He defies science. He was manufactured, not born.
With that said, he likely won't make a return for this series. Yet I wouldn't be the least bit shocked if he did. OK, I'll be shocked, but given the fact that it's Jordan Staal and not Kris Beech, I won't be AS shocked.
My favorite part from Thursday night's win, other than the obvious winning part of it, was the post-game show on Versus. Not the entire thing of course, but one particular line. One of the roundtable announcers said something about how the Pens can beat you any way they want. Regular season I would have disagreed. I'd have said something like, "Well, they will probably beat you, but the score will be something like 5-4 or 4-3." It'd be offense leading the way, with the defense playing just good enough to prevent that one other goal.
But with the way Marc-Andre Fleury played the other night, combined with how he's played over the past few seasons in the postseason, I'd say they are 100% right. The Pens can win it any way they want.
Now they just need to do it.
Format: Winning team name - Score - First Pens goal scorer's last name
Give me the first Penguins goal scorer
Give me the final score (include which team will win)
Example: Penguins - 7-2 - Lemieux