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A report card look at Saturday's fourth game of the Stanley Cup final @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH - A report card look at Game 4 of the NHL's Stanley Cup final between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins:


Penguins, C: Gary Roberts was a one-man wrecking ball. Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa were threats all night long, opening the scoring. But they need help. Evgeni Malkin showed signs in Game 3 that he might have arrived in the Cup final but he reverted to his struggles Saturday night. No points in four games - unacceptable for a Hart Trophy finalist. Key moment in the game was a 5-on-3 power play in the third period when Crosby, Hossa, Malkin and company were unable to score.

Red Wings, B: The Wings have to love their depth when the fourth line scores the winning goal. Daniel Cleary was effective, meanwhile, replacing the injured Tomas Holmstrom on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Johan Franzen lived up this nickname, The Mule, ramming every Penguin in sight, particularly Malkin.


Penguins, B: Hard to fault a blue-line group that limits the highly skilled Wings to two goals. Still, the top pair of Sergei Gonchar and Brooks Orpik were sloppy on the winning goal, failing to clear the puck twice before Jiri Hudler - left alone at the side of the net - scored the winner on a backhand.

Wings, A: The top four of Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart helped suffocate Pittsburgh's dangerous attack. Especially once they took a 2-1 lead early in the third period, completely shut down the Penguins. They didn't get a sniff. Another defensive masterpiece. The 5-on-3 kill was huge.


Penguins, B: Marc-Andre Fleury would like to have Hudler's goal back. It was a weak backhand from a bad angle. Got to have those ones. But otherwise a solid night. He didn't see Lidstrom's opening goal through a screen.

Wings, B: Chris Osgood faced only 22 shots and stopped all but one. His team allowed only five shots on him in the third period.

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