Almost two months ago, the Wings started off their quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions and the Penguins began their road to possible redemption. But for the first time this series, fans are looking at the definite possibility that this could be the end of the season. What are we supposed to do if there aren't any games to go to? What will our empty arenas do without us until October? Sure, we've had a great NHL season, but can't it just last one more game? Jenny Reisinger Cohen
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The Penguins gave their fans a bittersweet salute when their season ended at Mellon Arena in Game 6 last year. This time, they face elimination at the same arena after the same number of games and to the same rivals. Déjà vu anyone? Did the Penguins learn anything from last year or at least enough to make sure history doesn't repeat itself?
Will Pittsburgh rebound after being shutout?
Oh yeah, you saw that Game 5 score right. Pittsburgh wasn't just shut out, but they had five goals scored on their playoff stalwart netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. For Game 6, they'll be back in the warm confines of Mellon Arena, but being blown out by such a wide margin could have a serious effect on the team.
Will we see the Red Wings of Game 5?
Their 5-0 shutout of the Penguins in Game 5 proved the Red Wings still have what it takes to win games despite dropping two in Pittsburgh. And with Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup, it's going to be even harder to stop them. They won it last year. Will Nicklas Lidstrom be handed the hardware again?
Can Detroit win in Pittsburgh?
But in order for the Wings to win the Stanley Cup in Game 6, they'll have to win in Pittsburgh. Last year, they did just that. This series, things have been different. So far, the home team has won every game in this season's Finals, so based on that alone, the Penguins have the likely potential of pushing this thing to seven games. Oh, by the way, Game 7 is in Detroit.