â†µAfter cutting the deficit to 2-1 with a win in Game 3, the Penguins put away Game 4 over the course of a little more than five minutes in the second period. â†µâ†µ
â†µAfter falling behind 2-1 when Detroit's Brad Stuart scored through a double-screen provided by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's own teammates, the crowd at Mellon Arena was subdued as Brooks Orpik was sent to the box for tripping at 7:43. But what could have been the breaking point for the Penguins turned into a moment of truth, as the team scored three goals in succession to put the veteran Red Wings up against the ropes. â†µ
â†µFirst came Jordan Staal's shorthanded goal to tie the game at 8:35. â†µâ†µ
â†µThen there was a brilliantly-executed two-on-one where Evgeni Malkin stayed with the play before hitting Sidney Crosby with a pass that he tapped into an open net to give the Penguins the lead. â†µ â†µâ†µ
â†µAnd the win was salted away on what might have been the prettiest tic-tac-toe play of the postseason, as Tyler Kennedy's hard work on the forecheck against Henrik Zetterberg was eventually rewarded when Crosby hit him with a pass that gave him an opportunity in front of an open net of his own. â†µâ†µ
â†µSo what's next? The series shifts back to Detroit on Saturday night for Game 5, as the world begins to ask how the Red Wings can possibly turn the momentum in the series back in the other direction. â†µâ†µ
â†µOne other thing: after watching the Lakers dismantle Orlando last night, is it even a question which league has the more compelling matchup in the Finals? â†µâ†µ
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