Penguins must home in

Sidney Crosby remained confident after Saturday's humbling defeat. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

Sidney Crosby remained confident after Saturday's humbling defeat. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- There is no place like home ... especially in the Stanley Cup final.

So, as the Penguins return to Mellon Arena for Game 6 of the final tomorrow night on the heels of a disheartening 5-0 loss in Game 5 to the Red Wings in Detroit, they still feel good about their chances of forcing a seventh game in the series.

With Game 7 set for Friday night back in Detroit, the Penguins wrote off what happened to them at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night as a learning experience and they're convinced their chances of winning the Stanley Cup are very much alive.

"I believe in that group of guys. They have bounced back and worked hard when we've faced adversity," said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma. "They've done it for each other and they've believed in what we're trying to do here. I'm fully confident in the resolve of our players.

"I know in situations that have been difficult in this playoff run, we've responded with a pretty keen focus and resolve and we've played our best hockey when sometimes our backs were up against the wall. I'm confident in our group that we will be focused and ready to go."

The Penguins can hang their hat on the fact they have an 8-2 record at home in the post-season, including wins in Games 3 and 4 of the final over the Wings.

Captain Sidney Crosby remained confident after Saturday's humbling defeat.

"We've been through a lot of things that we haven't had, like a big loss like this," said Crosby. "In the playoffs we've been through a lot that we've had to bounce back from.

"Don't get me wrong, this isn't an easy loss, but you know what, a loss is a loss. It's unfortunate that we didn't have a better effort, but the reality is we've got to go home and win one. We've got to hopefully get a result from that."

Of course, if the Penguins don't win, their fans will be able to use those white towels they've been waving in Pittsburgh as crying towels. In fact, this Cup final rematch is looking eerily like last spring's when the Wings knocked off the Penguins in six games, with Detroit wrapping up the series in Pittsburgh.

STARS FRUSTRATED

The Wings have done a good job frustrating the Penguins and their stars. Crosby raised his play in Game 4, but he and Evgeni Malkin have both shown signs during the series that they're having a difficult time dealing with the veteran Wings.

And if Crosby and Malkin aren't producing, the Penguins' chances of winning the Cup are slim.

"We just have to focus on the one game. We can't think about the Game 7," said Penguins winger Bill Guerin. "We can't think about what happened in Game 5. It just has to be about Game 6. It's about getting back to playing the game that we're supposed to play.

"We really got away from that (Saturday). We all know it. We've just got to take these two days and refocus and come back and play our game. We can't play with the pressures of playing an elimination game and not worry about being in an elimination game."

Of course, the other aspect in all of this is, if the Penguins do force a Game 7, they have to go back to Detroit and win a game at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings have outscored Pittsburgh 11-2 in the three games in Detroit.

"We won Game 5 in overtime (last spring) and we won a regular-season game (in Detroit)," said Crosby. "I think we're pretty confident we can do a job (in Detroit)."


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