Thoughts on Game 3 SCF (2-1 win in Pittsburgh)
-- The defense pairing of Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart have been phenomenal during this series. Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski are playing like a shut-down pairing. So are Kronwall and Stuart. And did you see Stuart keep a bouncing puck in the Pittsburgh end leading to Hudler's goal?
-- On the winning goal ... Helm's pick on Brooks Orpik was beautiful. And Hudler, showing his smarts again, shooting back-hand rather to catch Fleury off guard was brilliant.
-- Too many superlatives by me. Have to tone it down.
-- The 5-on-3 shift by Henrik Zetterberg was amazing. (Darn, another superlative.) Total heart.
-- Being at the press conferences every day, I'm surprised at how Sidney Crosby refuses to dish out any praise to opponents. In the locker room, he's a nice guy, very polite, very respectful. But when asked about Zetterberg's 5-on-3 play last night, Crosby said, "I don't think he did anything out of the ordinary that any guy wouldn't do on a 5-on-3." Yah, he did. Darren McCarty called Zetterberg's performance "sick". I like that analysis better.