The Pens Are Mightier
By Jeff Falconio
Now that was a Game Seven. Interesting stat going into the finale of the Stanley Cup: the Detroit Red Wings were making their fifth Cup appearance since 1997 and prior to tonight the Wings were 11-2 at home in the finals. So it was quite a surprise when after a first period of nip-and-tuck hockey, Pittsburgh's Max Talbot stole the puck in front of Detroit's net and sliced one past Chris Osgood. Talbot added another goal later in the second and suddenly the mighty Wings were looking flat.
The story of the night was Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Red Wings were in control early but Fleury settled in and didn't allow Detroit to score until there was six minutes left. Fleury, like the rest of the Penguins, showed a bit of maturity that was missing from last year's team which fell to the very same Red Wings. Of course, when Fleury made one big mistake but was bailed out by the crossbar, it was clear the Penguins would win. You knew Detroit would make one final push and when Fleury went sideways with two seconds left the maturation process was complete.
If listening to Mike Emrick wasn't motivation enough to watch the game, at the very least you need to check out the last six seconds. A faceoff deep in Pittsburgh's zone. Detroit with an empty net to get the extra skater. One goal game and it comes down to a faceoff and one last chance for Detroit. It simply doesn't get any better than that. For Pittsburgh, it won't get much better than exacting revenge by beating Detroit in a nearly unbeatable arena.