Red Wings vs. Penguins Game 4 Stanley Cup finals

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Tonight is Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wingsโ€” a game that could determine how far this series will go.

Detroit shut down the vaunted Pittsburgh offense in the first two games, winning both by identical 3-1 scores in the Motor City.

In Game 3, Sergei Gonchar scored a go-ahead goal 10:29 into the third period to lift the Penguins past the Red Wings 4-2 at the Mellon Arena.

If Pittsburgh wins, weโ€™re tied at two games apiece. If the Wings prevail tonight, they go up 3-1 with the series moving back to the Joe Louis Arena for Game 5. And that would give them a chance to close out the Pens at home.

After a long skate this morning, Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk couldn’t say for certain if he will play tonight. Datsyuk missed the first three games of the Staley Cup finals with a foot injury.

The MVP finalist last played on May 19, when he blocked a shot with his foot against the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the West finals.

The game starts 8 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Evgeni Malkin continued his excellent post-season scoring spree leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Thursday night. Series tied at 2-2.