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McKenzie: Now that Sidney Crosby is rolling, all bets are off

Bob McKenzie
6/5/2009 12:15:55 PM
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You don't often see the Detroit Red Wings get as rattled as they did for a five-minute period in the second frame in Game 4 - that's when they gave up three goals - and that obviously is certainly when the game turned, and maybe the series too.

You almost get the feeling that the Red Wings may have inadvertently opened up a Pandora's Box here. Evgeni Malkin's been a force throughout these playoffs and especially in this series, but now you've got Sidney Crosby going.

Malkin's having a Conn-Smythe-type Stanley Cup final, but now all of a sudden Crosby gets that goal, he ends up with one goal and one assist on the Kennedy goal, Malkin's got a goal and an assist, and suddenly it's the Daily Double for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They've got their two big guns going and that is a huge thing.

Crosby's like a shark - he smells bloods, he tastes it out there, he's like a predator, and now that he's got that first goal of the series, all bets are off.

If the Penguins continue to get strong performances from Malkin, Crosby, and now Jordan Staal, they're not going to lose. That's too strong a centre-ice core. The Wings desperately need an infusion of something, and that something could be Pavel Datsyuk.

Bob McKenzie

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