PITTSBURGH (AP) No wins, no goals, no venom.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to change all that and soon against the Detroit Red Wings if they have any hope of making this Stanley Cup finals matchup come close to its marquee billing.
After two empty games in Motown, the Penguins returned to Pittsburgh on Tuesday in an 0-2 hole and with few answers how to score even once against the stifling Red Wings.
"We need to find a way to hate that team," hard-hitting forward Gary Roberts said. "We haven't played any hockey against them the last few years. They play a game that they're not really in your face. They just play a puck-control game. They don't really make you that mad at them.
"After (Monday) night, hopefully we've built a little of that anger up and we can use that to our advantage."
The Red Wings outscored the Penguins 7-0 in taking the first two games of the series on home ice. The task becomes considerably tougher now for Detroit because Pittsburgh is 8-0 at the Igloo in the playoffs and has won 16 straight there dating to Feb. 24.