Penguins Evolve Against Wings

So what did Pittsburgh do right in their win over Detroit?

Quite a few things.

Their powerplay was finally effective against the Wings.

They managed to get pucks deep in the Red Wing zone.

They kept the Zetterberg/Lindstrom match-up out on the ice for longer shifts, plus lots of ice time in general.

I think getting the Crosby match-up forced the Wings to cheat in their own end a bit. No one played very deep, since they were often waiting for Crosby to come over the boards. As a result, Detroit was frequently caught playing up ice, which let the Penguins chip the puck behind them.

Game four should be great. So far, both coaches have done a huge job of adjusting.

Also, Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers were in talks with Florida GM Jacques Martin for the rights to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. With Martin gone, that deal isn’t a sure thing. Bouwmeester’s rights could also wind-up in Edmonton. Bouwmeester is an Edmonton native, otherwise, I’d just assume he would never sign there.

Finally, Mike Heika has a nice piece on Les Jackson, the forgotten second-half of Dallas’ one-time two-headed GM monster. Jackson did all of the work while Brett Hull got all of the attention and brought Sean Avery to Dallas. Now, Jackson is expected to help new GM Joe Nieuwendyk transition into the job.