PITTSBURGH – Marian Hossa was booed loudly by Pittsburgh Penguins fans each time he had the puck.
He did nothing to quiet them on Tuesday. Hossa was held without a goal for the third straight game and the white-clad fans in Pittsburgh loved it, especially because the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 to pull within 2-1 in the Stanley Cup final. The good news for the defending champions, though, might be the fact that Hossa has scored two goals in each of his Game 4s with them since bolting from the runner-up Penguins.
Game 4 is on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Hossa had chances to help Detroit, but he either whiffed on an attempt on a bouncing puck or simply couldn’t beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a shot.
The marquee free agent from Slovakia signed with Detroit at a relative discount for about US$7.5 million, declining an offer estimated to be worth $49 million to remain with the Penguins and reportedly many more millions to play in Edmonton.
He has scored in just three games this post-season – all Game 4s – but Hossa often has been dominant with and without the puck.
Hossa, though, was only noticeable on Tuesday because of the reaction the fans at Mellon Arena had when the puck was on his stick.