PITTSBURGH -- The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins returned home down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals, Brooks Orpik had what's simply known as "The Shift": When the defenseman turned into a one-man wrecking crew, sending the crowd into hysterics.
Clearly, the Penguins need to change the dynamic of this series, and a brutal physical display against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 could be in order. Last year, Orpik said it was his responsibility to do just that:
"This time of the year you really want to make them pay. But like I said, that's kind of my role on the team. There's a lot of other guys that do the same thing. It's something we can just energize the team and crowd with."
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Is Orpik ready for an encore?
"It crosses your mind ... quickly, you know?" said Orpik today at Mellon Arena after Penguins practice. "It was fun when it happened, and I don't know if it'll happen again. The opportunity was perfect."
Sometimes, he said, the chances just present themselves, like during a memorable Game 1 wallop against the Wings in the 2009 Finals: "Guys were saying to me after the first game, 'Oh, you couldn't wait to get [Marian Hossa], could you?' I didn't even know who it was, to be honest. Some games you don't even get any opportunities."
What Orpik said he won't do is try to create a mythic moment like the one that happened organically last postseason.
"I think if you're a younger player, maybe you looking for that stuff again. As you get older, you learn that stuff has to come to you. If it does it does; if it doesn't, it doesn't," he said.
"As soon as you start looking for it, that's when you get caught out of position. And against a team like this, that's probably not the thing you want to do."