Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Penguin's clip Wings...hockey in June you say!!!

Most people know I'm a "Red" guy...liberal loving, Ferrari feeling, "Canadian" to the core who was a little "red" in the face when my team got knocked out early. But it doesn't take me long to switch horses and its usually to another Red team particularly Detroit as I had the good fortune of signing Gerard "Turk" Gallant's card into the NHL system when Ted Lindsay was the GM and came to Summerside to have a look at one of our players. It was hard last night cheering for Detroit but somehow wanting the Penguins to win...it's an odd way to be loyal but I think it goes back to my good friend Doug MacLean's line when he was in the finals with Florida and I called him and asked him how he was doing under all the stress of the playoffs and he said "look Tim there's no stress anytime you're still playing hockey in June" and I always thought that was a great line...I don't know who's going to win but I got $50 bucks that says the playoffs will be over by the end of the week...and $2 bucks it'll be "red" again. In any event, thank god it will be over, as maybe we'll see some "summer" as I need some sleep...
Sykora's triple OT goal keeps Penguins alive
DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins hit the jackpot Monday night. Petr Sykora's goal 9:57 into the third overtime gave them a 4-3 victory and shaved Detroit's lead in the NHL's championships series to three games to two. Sykora planted a wrist shot into a top corner of the Detroit net 36 seconds after Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler took a seat in the penalty box for high-sticking. Evgeni Malkin assisted the winner for his first point of the series, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 55 shots to keep the Penguins alive in the game — and the final. The Penguins' good fortune all started just before the game when a winning number in the Pennsylvania Big Four Lottery came up as 7171 — Malkin's sweater number repeated twice — and it gained momentum when Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall scored into his own net to put Pittsburgh up 2-0 in the first period. After a furious third-period Detroit rally that gave the Red Wings the lead, Maxime Talbot scored the tying goal with 35 seconds left and with Fleury on the bench for an extra attacker. In taking the early lead, Pittsburgh's Adam Hall got credit for the goal Kronwall scored on his own goalie and Marian Hossa also scored for the Penguins. Darren Helm, Pavel Datsyuk and Brian Rafalski scored for Detroit, which outshot Pittsburgh 58-32 in the four-and-a-half-hour marathon. While Malkin’s scoring drought continued, the draw represented a great pre-game signal that the Penguins could avoid elimination. Now, after this solid Pittsburgh team effort and some great goaltending by Fleury, the teams return to Pittsburgh to go at it again Wednesday (CBC, 8 p.m. ET). This exciting marathon left both teams exhausted, and there isn't much time to recover.

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