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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Das Puck:
Penguins Beat Red Wings In 3rd Overtime

I love the NHL. Best team sport evah.

Game 5 on Monday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings was edge of your seat, leaning forward towards the television, nail-biting hockey. Down 3-2, with about 34 seconds left in the game, Maxim Talbot scored tying the game! Booyah!

The game then went into one, two...THREE overtime periods!

Detroit dominated the First OT with puck possession and shots on goal. The Penguins looked exhausted. No doubt about it, the Red Wings had many chances to put it away in 1OT. But they didn't. Penguins' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury did yeoman's work and then some.

The second OT was by far more evenly matched, both teams appearing somewhat refreshed and rejuvenated. Detroit had an opportunity with a power play near the end of 2OT to win the game and The Cup, but failed to do so. The OT still ended with a stalemated score of 3-3.

It was during the 2nd OT that NBC's NHL analyst and commentator Pierre McGuire said that Petr Sykora looked at him (McGuire) and pointed at himself and said he was going to score. But the 2OT ended still in a 3-3 tie.

Detroit needed only one goal to claim the Stanley Cup. Could they do it in the 3OT?

Then came the 3OT; with both teams looking re-energized and hungry for a win. It was an OT of clusters of puck possession and turnovers by both Detroit and Pittsburgh; back and forth and back and forth.

Both teams continued playing hard defense, but then Sykora's words came true; he sailed the puck past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood ending what is the fifth longest game in Finals history. Double Booyah! No wait - make that Triple Booyah! The Penguins won Game 5 by a 4-3 score.

Detroit started this series off winning 2-0, leaving it up to the Penguins to prove they deserve to be in the finals and they have indeed proven themselves worthy. Judging by Game 5 and the comeback from the 2-0 deficit, the Penguins are the better team. Will they win The Cup? T.C. - what's your take?

Game 6 Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. I'm making no predictions.

Oh - oh - one more thing; the goalie interference call - intentional or not - committed by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg was totally, totally justified.



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