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Given one more chance to redeem themselves with a late-game advantage, Crosby was nevertheless unable to secure the faceoff, allowing the Preds to move the puck around the boards, where Filip Forsberg launched it past a half-hearted stab by Malkin, down the ice and into the Pens' empty net.The goal tied the series at two games apiece and clarified things in Sid's mind, at least."But playing OK isn't good enough in the Stanley Cup Final."As Murray spoke in a near whisper inside the Pens' heavy room, I spun around and scanned the walls to see if he might have actually been reading his response off one of the Pens' cheesy motivational posters.(He wasn't.) But on a wall near Crosby's locker stall I did see the message: Indeed, with the quest for the Cup now boiled down to a three-game sprint, the "journey" actually begins with a legacy-defining Game 5 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Crosby has one goal in his past 13 Stanley Cup Final games."It's simple," said Crosby, who, come to think of it, usually talks in poster-speak as well."Go home and win a game."Ah, but this time I'm afraid the Pens' situation can't be reduced to a single simple sentiment. Game 5 victors in these situations go on to win the Cup 71 percent of the time, which means despite all of their past successes (even Wayne Gretzky said the pair has "cracked the upper echelon"), Thursday night in Pittsburgh is still shaping up to be a legacy-defining game for the struggling duo of Crosby and Malkin.Or Game 3, when neither Crosby nor Malkin could place a single puck on net for an entire playoff game for the first time since, well, ever.Or Game 4, when the Pens' power play fell to an abysmal 1-for-17 in the series.Just as Nashville coach Peter Laviolette pointed out before the game, even when he's not scoring, Crosby is usually creating opportunities and dictating play.There's no question that injuries and back-to-back trips to the finals have taken their toll on the Pens.Afterward, the first thing Pens coach Mike Sullivan spit into the mic at his news conference was, "Well, obviously it's hard to win when you score one goal."Someone needs to put on a Pens poster.Or this: Most of the time in this series the Penguins offense has resembled a typical Nashville bar fight between portly patrons: slow, sad and completely lacking any punch whatsoever.They have put up the posters now for a few years, but this time unfortunately it ended up transforming the dressing room of the once-fierce defending Stanley Cup champions into something resembling a junior-high camp counselor's office.The temporary display included such hits as: The decorations were an odd and seemingly desperate gesture for a team trying to get its collective mind right before the series slipped away.