-We're putting the over/under on "Marian Hossa was a Penguin" references at 23 1/2.
-"Ty Conklin was a Penguin" is at 6 1/2.
-"Mikael Samuelsson was a Penguin" brings in the rear at 3.
-If advertising is ever truly indicative of where an entity stands on the totem pole of life, the NHL is pretty far down. You tune into any NFL game, you're bombarded with ads from Pepsi, UPS and Sprint. Tune in to an NHL game between two of the league's highest profile teams and what do you get?
-Socks that prevent your feet from smelling.
-The Penguins will scratch Paul Bissonnette and Mark Eaton.
-Detroit's scratches are Dan Cleary and Brett Lebda.
-Marc-Andre Fleury and Chris Osgood will start in net.
-Right off the bat, we're reminded that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final.
-And we're also reminded that Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
-The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final.
-Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
-Marian Hossa reminds us that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final and that in fact, he actually used to play with the Penguins.
-Going to commercial, Mike Emrick reminds us that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
-The Versus studio show reminds us that Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
-Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
-Lots of empty seats down low in Joe Louis Arena. Why is this "Hockeytown" again?
18:35: The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
18:08: The crowd is very dead for a game against a pretty notable opponent. It's almost like a Sunday afternoon Islanders game.
17:59: The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
17:54: Petr Sykora is denied by Chris Osgood.
17:30: Henrik Zetterberg tosses a crossing pass into the slot. Fleury pokes it away.
16:45: Hossa is set up with a big one-timer in the slot. Fleury fights his big blast off with his shoulder.
15:36: Fleury covers a loose puck in the crease.
15:26: Who needs Hossa!?!? Maxime Talbot steals the puck off Brian Rafalski and dumps it back for Miroslav Satan. Satan feeds it into the crease for Crosby who is able to tip it by Osgood. Fire Ritch Winter. Penguins 1-0.
15:09: Johan Franzen is called for hooking.
14:16: Satan tees up a slapper that missed the net.
13:59: The Red Wings come up on a two-on-one but Alex Goligoski is able to flop down and knock a pass away with his glove. Huge play.
13:48: A one-timer by Darryl Sydor is shuffled away about Osgood.
13:23: Hossa clears the puck on a penalty kill. Fire Ray Shero.
13:09: The Red Wings kill off Franzen's penalty.
11:41: Eric Godard is called for elbowing.
11:37: Jordan Staal beats Hossa on a faceoff. Fire Ken Holland.
10:58: Staal steals the puck off Hossa and pushes it out of the Penguins' zone. Fire Ken Holland.
10:21: Franzen feeds a pass to Zetterberg by the cage. Zetterberg pushes it juuuuust wide.
10:06: Franzen is denied by Fleury.
9:59: Niklas Kronwall puts a quick shot on net from the left point. Fleury is able to hang on despite a screen by Franzen.
9:48: NIcklas Lidstrom blasts a slapper from the left point. Rob Scuderi blocks it but pays a price. It hits him in the foot and drops him immediately. Ugh. Scuderi struggles to get up. Officials blow play dead to allow him to recover. Trainer Chris Stewart comes out to attend to Scuderi who is finally able to get to his feet and limp off the ice. He goes to the bench and immediately goes to the locker room. Just what this team needs. Another injured defenseman.
9:41: Godard's penalty expires.
9:30: Coming back from commercial, Brooks Orpik reminds us that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
9:17: Zetterberg gets behind the defense and flips a backhander on net. Fleury is able to fight it off.
8:40: Fleury kicks a heavy shot out with a "thud."
8:03: Andreas Lilja blasts a one-timer from the point. Fleury gloves it. The Red Wings have slowly taken over the play since Crosby's goal.
7:54: Fleury gloves another shot. This one was from Pavel Datsyuk. The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
7:20: Osgood fights off a quick shot by Crosby.
6:43: Kronwall tees up a big slapper from the left point. Talbot drops down blocks it with his legs.
6:39: Darren McCarty? Off the rebound from Kronwall's shot, McCarty scoops it up and whips it by Fleury who may have been screened. Kirk Maltby gets an assist. Penguins 1, Red Wings 1.
6:17: The great Mike Zigomanis is called for tripping Mikael Samuelsson.
5:15: Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
4:41: Lidstrom tees up a slapper from the point. Tomas Holmstrom is in front of the net and is able to re-direct it by Fleury. Hossa gets an assist along with Lidstrom. Fire Ray Shero. Red Wings 2-1.
3:39: Going to commercial, we're remind that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
2:46: At some point or another, Scuderi has returned to the ice.
2:16: Hossa blasts a big slapper from the left wing. Fleury kicks it out. Fire Ken Holland.
0:54: Kris Letang moves his way into the offensive zone, slides into the slot and whips a wrister on net. Osgood eats it up.
0:31: Geez. Another Red Wings power play. This time it's Alex Goligoski being sent off for hooking Henrik Zetterberg. Bad time to take that.
0:06: Hal Gill blocks a slapper from the right wing.
0:00: End of period. Red Wings 2, Penguins 1.
-The Penguins are lucky to only be down by a goal in this game. After Crosby's goal, Detroit pretty much controlled the rest of the period.
-Stop us if this sounds familiar, the Penguins are getting outshot by the Red Wings. Detroit has a 14-5 advantage in shots.
-Franzen leads the game with three.
-Crosby and Letang lead the Penguins with two.
-Detroit has a 12-10 advantage in faceoffs.
-Crosby is 4-for-4.
-Lidstrom leads the game with 8:28 of ice time.
-Goligoski leads the Penguins with 7:44.
-Darren McCarty reminds us that the Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
-Detroit will have 1:29 of power-play time to start the period.
19:26: Fleury covers a shot by Datsyuk.
18:51: Well that was ugly. A puck bounces of the skates of Orpik in the slot. Orpik can control it. Jiri Hudler collects it and dishes it to Franzen on the side of the net. Franzen has Fleury dead to rights and roofs it by the prone Penguins goaltender. Hudler and Samuelsson get the assists. As if that wasn't bad enough, Kris Letang is sent off for high sticking. Red Wings 3-1.
16:51: Letang's penalty is killed.
16:08: Sydor gets clipped with a high stick. No call.
15:46: Sykora scoops a puck behind the net and tosses it into the front of the cage. Talbot is in the crease and gets driven into the net by a Red Wing. The puck deflects off Talbot's skate and by Osgood. It's a garbage goal, but the Penguins will take it if it stops the bleeding. Sykora and Crosby get the assists. Red Wings 3-2.
15:14: Evgeni Malkin, Sykora and Ruslan Fedotenko come up on a three-on-two. Malkin passes it to Sykora who can only throw a weak pass into the crease.
14:40: Andreas Lilja is called for hooking.
14:27: Goligoski whips a wrister on net from the left point. Osgood appears to kick it out.
13:26: Hossa shows the difference between him and Satan. Satan makes a poor pass from the corner to the point. Hossa steals it and works the puck by the Penguins player at the point. He works it through the neutral zone and zips a low shot on net that Fleury makes a save on. Fire Ray Shero.
12:40: Lilja's penalty expires.
12:37: Osgood denies Sykora.
11:14: The Red Wings get a little sloppy with the puck in their own end. Pascal Dupuis picks it up and gets it in the slot. Talbot is able to jump on it and put a shot on net. Osgood is able to cover it. Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
10:43: Crosby whips a backhander on net that Osgood makes a save on with his shoulder.
10:29: Talbot thumps Hossa along the boards.
9:59: Fleury denies Franzen.
9:23: Franzen zips a quick, sneaky wrister high on net. Fleury is able to glove it.
9:17: It seems as if a lot of the lower level seats have filled in somewhat at Joe Louis Arena.
7:11: Godard spills Kronwall in the corner. Kronwall loses his lid. We're in formed that Rob Scuderi will not return for the rest of the night. Yeesh.
6:06: Malkin and Fedotenko make about 42 tic-tac-toe passes to each other before the lose the puck. Someone has to shoot that.
5:08: Talbot feeds a pass into the slot for Crosby but it's a little ahead of the Penguins' captain.
4:27: Someone apparently forgot about the NHL's new "no commercials after icing calls" rule as Versus goes to commercial then abruptly comes back to play. What a wonderful partner for the NHL. They don't even know the league's rules.
3:18: Fedotenko is dropped with a nice check by Brad Stuart.
1:56: Hossa dishes a backhanded pass to along the boards to Datsyuk who bombs a one-timer by Fleury who was screened by Holmstrom. It's almost not even fair. Hossa and Lidstrom get assists. Fire Ray Shero. Red Wings 4-2.
0:56: Osgood snags a wrister from the point. Lilja and Godard exchange their thoughts on the Norwich City Football Club. We think.
0:12: Franzen centers a pass to Zetterberg in the slot. Zetterberg re-directs it on net. Fleury is able to hang on. Zetterberg crashes into the crease a bit and is pushed out.
0:00: End of period. Cooke and a Red Wings player talk about the moustache of Alfonso XIII. We think. Red Wings 4, Penguins 2.
-All kidding aside but this almost seems like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Detroit is just controlling play and the Penguins almost seem like spectators.
-No surprisingly, the Red Wings have a 26-14 lead in shots.
-Franzen leads the game with six shots.
-Crosby leads the Penguins with four.
-It's probably not a good think that Evgeni Malkin has failed to record a shot so far.
-Detroit has a 23-16 edge in shots.
-The great Mike Zigomanis is 6-for-8.
-Zetterberg is 8-for-11.
-Goligoski leads the game with 17:23 of ice time.
-Lidstrom leads the Red Wings with 16:48.
-Gill leads the game with three blocked shots.
-We probably should've mentioned this earlier, but it is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. Please take time to thank anyone you know who has served or is serving. Not just this day but any and every day. EN reader Bridget Croyle spotted this nice commercial that has been playing in Canada in honor of Remembrance Day:
19:49: Datsyuk whips a wild slapper wide of the net.
19:38: Fleury denies Datsyuk.
18:47: Sykora blasts a slapper from the left point that misses the net.
18:41: Fleury eats up a blast by Franzen.
18:08: Fleury snags a wrister tossed on net by Samuelsson through traffic.
17:57: Godard of all people gets the first shot on net in the period for the penguins. Osgood fights it off.
16:46: Sydor blasts a big shot from the point. Osgood eats it up. The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
16:27: Crosby is sent off for interference. The Penguins need to kill this if they hope to have any chance here.
15:50: Lidstrom sneaks in from the point and rips a wrister just wide of the net.
14:57: Wow is that pretty. Zetterberg dishes a puck to Hudler on the left wing. Hudler tosses it back into the slot for Zetterberg who beats Gill and easily deflects it by Fleury. Kronwall and Hudler get assists. Red Wings 5-2.
14:25: Franzen is sent off for holding Sydor.
14:20: Huge break for the Penguin shere. Valtteri Filppula is sent off for hooking. The Penguins will get a two-man advantage for 1:55.
14:06: Malkin's one-timer is blocked by Lilja.
13:36: Osgood fights off a wrister by Malkin.
13:15: Sykora turns and whips a wrister on net. Osgood makes a save. Why is this oh so familiar?
13:03: The Penguins still have a chance. Malkin controls the puck at the right point, sneaks in and rips a wrister that burns Osgood on the glove stick side, clinks off the post and into the net. The Penguins will still get 40 seconds of power-play time. Red Wings 5-3.
12:20: The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final. And Filppula's penalty expires.
11:51: Remember when Jordan Staal stunk? He doesn't. The Red Wings get sloppy in their own end. Cooke steals the puck and dishes it to Staal. Staal is able to switch to the backhand and roof a shot over a prone Osgood. Cooke and the great Mike Zigomanis get the assists. Red Wings 5-4.
9:46: Hudler blasts a slapper from the right wing. Fleury gets a piece of it but it flutters in the air towards the net. Letang dives to knock it out but can't quite reach it. That's a poor goal for Fleury to give up. Kris Draper and Mikael Samuelsson get the assists. Fire Craig Patrick. Red Wings 6-4.
9:36: "Fleeeeerrrr-Eeeeeeee..... Fleeeeerrr-Eeeeeee...."
8:52: Hossa is able to get through the Penguins' defense with the puck and snaps a wrister low. Fleury is able to kick it out with his right leg. Fire Ken Holland.
7:22: Tyler Kennedy tosses a wrister on net that Osgood knocks down with ease and shuffles away.
6:22: Fedotenko tosses a weak shot on net. Osgood knocks it down and moves it to a teammate.
5:23: The Penguins played the Red Wings in the Cup final.
4:09: Jordan Staal is playing like it's 2006-07. After the Penguins control the puck for approximately 40 second in the Detroit zone, Letang tosses a wrister on net from the right point. It hits a body in front. Staal is able gather the puck and wrist it by Osgood. This game has been crazy. Letang and Kennedy get assists. Red Wings 6-5.
2:34: Crosby pushes a backhander on Osgood who kick it out with his left leg.
1:34: Kennedy blasts a slapper that Osgood knocks away.
1:22: Letang fires a slapper that Osgood fights off.
1:05: Fleury is pulled for an extra attacker.
0:49: Letang fires a slapper that Osgood knocks away.
0:30: Sydor controls the puck and dishes a cross-ice pass to Crosby who spins and whipes a backander on net that Osgood eats up. Wow. Detroit calls a time out. Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
0:22: Oh wow! Talk about Deja vu. Malkin collects a loose puck at the right point. Malkin blasts itinto a cluster of bodies. It hits someone, falls to the ice. Staal is able to jump on it and put it by Osgood. Deal Lord what has gotten in to Staal? He has a hat trick. And five goals his last four games. Malkin and the great Mike Zigomanis get the assists. Penguins 6, Red Wings 6.
0:03: Now Staal draws a penalty! He forces Brian Rafalski to hook him while fighting for a puck.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 6, Red Wings 6.
4:20: Osgood kicks out a big blast by Malkin with a "thud."
3:23: Malkin blasts a slapper that misses the net.
3:14: Sykora tries to feed a puck across the crease but Osgood covers it up.
2:58: Rafalski's penalty expires. The Penguins missed a big chance there.
1:36: Kronwall takes a nice pass from Hossa and fires a big slapper from the left wing. Letang is able slide over and deflect it away.
1:11: Oh man! Staal backchecks on Datsyuk and steals the puck off of him. He curls back into the offensive zone and dishes a pass to Fedotenko on the right wing. Fedotenko one-times a shot that beats Osgood on the glove side. What in the world just happened? Penguins 7, Red Wings 6.
-Wow. Just wow. What an amazing game. No wonder the NHL wanted these two teams to play each other twice this season. Look at the show they put on tonight. Regardless of what team you root for this was just an amazing game.
-No word yet if Gary Bettman will push to have these two teams play 82 games next season.
-What in the world has gotten into Jordan Staal? He was a beast tonight. He scored the tying goal and assisted on the game winner. Heck, he pretty much created the game-winner. He totally overwhelmed Detroit in the third period. We assume all those Staal-for-whoever trade rumors will be put to rest for a little while at least.
-Staal's four points were a career high for a single game. Staal's last multi-point regular season game was a three-point effort in a 4-1 win at Tampa Bay Jan. 10. The only other hat trick in his career was in a 6-5 overtime win at Toronto Feb. 10, 2007.
-We know on paper this game is just two points against a Western Conference opponent. In terms of the standings, this game means as much as a game against Nashville or Columbus, but we all know that it means much more than that to the team. They can say all they want about not worrying about last season or not caring about Marian Hossa, but this win has to be so satisfying.
-That said, we're sure the Penguins would take the Stanley Cup banner and the all-world two-way foward over a overtime win against a non-conference foe in November.
-What in the world happened to Detroit's vaunted defense? It totally collapsed in the third period.
-How about Michel Therrien sticking the great Mike Zigomanis out there in key situations throughout the third period to take faceoffs? Do the Penguins have that much faith in Zigomanis' other abilities or were they just desperate for some faceoff wins?
-Think about this. There were six goals scored in the third period alone.
-The Penguins ended up tying Detroit in shots on goal with 34.
-It's amazing how ordinary Chris Osgood looks when he faces more than 17 shots a game huh?
-The Penguins' last regular season win against the Red Wings was a 4-3 win in Pittsburgh Oct. 18, 2003. Rico Fata scored the game winner. Ryan Malone and Aleksey Morozov had the assists. Fata had two goals and an assist. It was Ed Olczyk's first career win as an NHL coach.
-The Penguins' last regular season win in Detroit was a 4-3 defeat of the Red Wings Dec. 10, 2000. Toby Petersen had the game-winner on assists from Jaromir Jagr and Roman Simicek. Garth Snow made 33 saves in the win.
-Franzen and Zetterberg led the game with 7 shots.
-Crosby led the Penguins with six.
-Detroit had a 37-30 advantage in faceoffs.
-Zigomanis was 9-for-14.
-Lidstrom led the game with 29:26 of ice time.
-Goligoski led the Penguins with 27:45.
-Gill, Lidstrom and Lilja each led the game with three blocked shots.
-Hossa "only" had two assists. Fire Ken Holland.
-Unofficially Hossa was a former Penguin approximately 402 times while the Penguins and Red Wings hooked up in the Stanley Cup final 2,423 times.