The Pittsburgh Penguins squared up the Stanley Cup finals at 2 wins a piece on Thursday night, defeating Detroit 4-2.
But just because things are all equal again, don't think Pittsburgh's chances of winning the Cup are too.
Detroit looked beat and tired in game four. The coaches decision to abandon the Zetterberg shadowing of Sidney Crosby confirmed that early. By the end of the game it was obvious to all onlookers.
It was the Wings 4th game in 6 nights. As my dad told me, it was Pittsburgh's 4th game in 6 nights too. But Pittsburgh's young legs were the difference in the last couple of games. Detroit's wonderful experience and poise could not make up for that on Thursday night.
Still, the Penguins are facing a monumental task in coming back from the 2-0 deficit they allowed themselves to fall into. They still have to beat the mighty Detroit Red Wings 4 times in 5 tries, a most daunting task.
And as the series goes forward, the Wings will get more time to rest. After Saturday's game there will be two off days, with game six on Tuesday. Game seven, if needed, will not be played until a week from today, next Friday.
Advantage Red Wings. They will have the opportunity to get the rest they need. Not to mention at some point MVP candidate Pavel Datsyuk will return.
Which makes Saturday's game five an absolute must win for Pittsburgh. Saturday will be the fifth game in one week, with travel, albeit a short trip, included. If Pittsburgh has any chance of a miraculous come back, they absolutely have to beat the tired Wings in Detroit on Saturday night. They can ill afford to fall back behind in this series, giving the Wings two chances to clinch with the amount of time to rest scheduled next week.