Darren Pang Talks Stars’ Goaltending Situation, Blues’ Size Advantage

Dallas Stars goalies Kari Lehtonen, left, and Antti Niemi, right, pose at Dallas Stars hockey practice.

St. Louis Blues television analyst Darren Pang came on The Hollywood Casino Press Box Thursday to discuss the Blues’ 3-1 series lead over the Blackhawks and the team having a chance to eliminate them in Game 5 at Scottrade Center.

Read some excerpts and listen to the segment below:

On being a part of the most watched Blues broadcast in history:

“It was just nice to break on through to the other side. The ratings were absolutely nuts. You put together the drama of the series, who the series was against….every game was just so intense. Game 7 had everything. I had more texts and calls from friends (than ever). It may not ever be matched again, that’s how unique that series was. Just to be apart of it, knowing you only get (to cover one round of the playoffs), it was very exciting for all of us involved.”

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Where will you be working the rest of the playoffs?

“John Kelley and I will be joining the team. We will head over to Dallas for the two games. We will still have post-game shows on Fox Sports Midwest. We’re working on ways to get updates during the game to Cardinals games if they’re on the same time. We’re hoping our Blues fans tune in (for our inside information).”

On the Dallas goaltending situation:

“I think we’re going to see them both, so we’ll just have to get used to different styles. Anti Niemi to me, he tends to get lower in his crouch. He looks smaller, keeps his hands down real low. Gets off his angles a little bit. The other guy, Kari Lehtonen is a big boy, he covers a lot more net. Tarasenko had his first hat trick against him. I don’t want to underestimate them. We’re going to see a two-headed monster and I think the Blues players have to get used to the adjustment of going against both the guys.”

On the size of the Blues forwards compared to some of the Stars defensemen:

“I would think that’d be an advantage for the Blues. Against the Blackhawks, 80 percent of the hits came in the offensive zone against the Blackhawks defensemen in the first three games. I would think they’d keep the same type of strategy. There’s a couple guys on their team, though, you have to be really aware of. Don’t underestimate their puck-moving ability, but they didn’t see the forecheck against Minnesota they’re going to see against the Blues.”

Here’s the segment:

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