2010 NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins’ Keys to a Game Five Victory

May 8th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
Heading into Game Five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series tied at two games with the Montreal Canadiens, is definitely not where the Penguins saw themselves at the beginning of this series. In the case of a Penguins' loss tonight, they would face the unenviable task of going back to the Bell Centre in Montreal facing elimination from the playoffs.

Here are some keys for Pittsburgh to come away from tonight's match with a victory, and head back to Montreal with the possibility of ending this series in six games.


Bill Guerin Must Play In Game Five

Guerin has been a solid contributor for the Penguins thus far in these playoffs, while largely spending his time on Crosby's wing. He has three goals, five assists, 27 shots, 12 hits, two blocked shots, two takeaways, and a plus-three rating.

In the first two games against the Canadiens, he had one goal, one assist, five shots, one hit, with a plus-one rating.

When discussing why he has not played since Game Two, Guerin would only go as far as to say, "It's something that's been lingering and happened during the Canadiens series." It is rumored that ...

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