Game 4 is tonight. We'll find out whether this can still be the 5-gamer we all thought it would be or if we're in it for the long haul. Here are 5 things we're looking for tonight.
1. Brandon Sutter. Through 3 games, Sutter has three shots on goal, two hits, one blocked shot, and has gone 19-23 in the face-off circle in just under 46 total minutes of ice time. And believe it or not, those stats are deceiving; Sutter's actually played a lot worse than his numbers. You can't win Stanley Cups if you aren't getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. Is Sutter a lemon? It can't be ruled out.
|We've been told this man is on the Penguins.|
|He's gone at least.|
After the shame of Game 3 last year, the Pens actually settled down and played some decent hockey in Games 4, 5, and 6. They had just dug themselves too deep a hole to come back. If 2012 is a parallel, then the Pens should start turning a corner tonight. Already up 2 games to 1.
3. Tyler Kennedy. He isn't a savior but he's not a nothing like Tanner Glass or a drain on the lineup like Bennett. I'm not saying Bennett is playing like a drain, but if the coach isn't comfortable giving him at least semi-regular minutes -- and Bylsma isn't -- then he becomes a burden. (Whether he deserves a semi-regular shift is a different debate). Kennedy will not be consumed by the moment. He's been here before.
4. Kris Letang. In Game 1 he played like a hall-of-famer. In Games 2 and 3, he played like some asshole kid at youth hockey tryouts who doesn't need to try hard because his dad is the coach. Rooting for Letang is a roller coaster ride, and it's due to come back up the tracks.
|Kyle Okposo speaks for the entire city of Pittsburgh.|