The Pittsburgh Penguins need to take full advantage of Detroit's situation - or what was perceived to be a big advantage going into this series, and that is health.
The Penguins entered the series healthier and more rested than the Red Wings, who played some tough series leading up to the Stanley Cup final and suffered a lot of injuries along the way. And the Penguins certainly demonstrated their resilience in Game 3.
Pittsburgh was the much more physical team of the two, out-hitting the Red Wings by more than a 2-1 margin (36-17). Chris Kunitz led the way with 11 hits of his own while Matt Cooke chipped in another five. Those two players were responsible for 16 of those 36 hits.
We're going to find out in Game 4 if that was an aberration or was that a hint that maybe the Red Wings are starting to wear down a little bit.
Vigilant on Interference
Officiating has been a little elusive in the Stanley Cup final.
I think everybody agrees we want to see more battling in front of the net and down low in the corners and we've seen that, but there's a slippery slope and the one that you have to be vigilant on is interference.
In the third period, Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson gave a little tug on Matt Cooke and the way the system is supposed to work you get an interference penalty, followed by a power-play and/or game-winning goal.
Zero tolerance - that's the standard, but where was the standard earlier in the game when Hal Gill held up Dan Cleary? That was a penalty in the regular season.
Battle all you want in front of the net and down low but put the whistle in your pocket at times. If you're going to begin not calling the obstruction in the neutral zone and on the dump-ins, boy-oh-boy you're asking for big trouble.