The Detroit Red Wings had a chance to win the National Hockey League‘s coveted Stanley Cup this evening but they blew it in the last minute of the game. The Red Wings were up 3-2 but the Penguins tied it up last minute. Just when I thought the Stanley Cup was going to be handed to the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins tie up the game with 37 seconds left to go in the last period to go into sudden death over time. It went into three long overtime periods. It was a long game but it was exciting.
Some say that history is on Detroit’s side because Detroit leads the best-of-7 series 3-to-1. No other team in history has overcome such a deficit to win the Stanley Cup. But who knows? Pittsburgh has a chance. They won game 5 to make it a 3-2 series in favour of Detroit. They are going to Pittsburgh for game 6 so the Penguins will have home team advantage. Both teams played with heart and soul. Both teams want the cup just as much as the other. At the end of the game, you could tell that both teams were getting tired with three extra overtime periods. When Petr Sykora scored the game winning goal in triple overtime, I had the feeling that Pittsburgh still has a chance to win it.
Sudden-death overtime was great. Both goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury (Pitts.) and Osgood (Det.) made great saves at the net on both ends of the ice. The Red Wings seemed to have better control of the game though. The Red Wings have experience and finesse going for them; whereas, the Penguins are younger and bigger. The Penguins have more youth on its side but youth does not necessarily win games. I prefer sheer skill rather than brute force of the younger players. I think this skill and finesse ay come from Red Wings’ dominance of European players (45% of its players). Europeans tend to handle and control the puck better than North American-born players.
I’m not a sports fanatic who is glued onto the tube for every game of the hockey season. I’m just another band wagon jumper who recently got into it during the Stanley Cup finals so I don’t pretend to know everything going on in NHL hockey. Nevertheless, I still get excited watching the fastest game on earth, especially when you have great players on both teams: Sidney Crosby (Pitts.), Evgeni Malkin (Pitts.), Marian Hossa (Pitts.), Pavel Datsyuk (Det.), Henrik Zetterberg (Det.), Johan Franzen (Det.).