History Has Perfect Timing (James Neal’s Winner – Video)
James Neal hadn’t recorded a goal in the post-season. He entered last night’s game with only one assist in his three playoff games with Pittsburgh this season. He hadn’t scored a goal in his previous 16 games, with his last coming on March 8th against Buffalo. In fact, he had only recorded one goal in 23 games since being acquired by the Penguins.
Neal knew this. The fans knew this. His teammates knew this. And the commentators knew this.
However, no one had really mentioned any of this throughout most of the series, but when someone finally did, it was almost as if Neal heard those words and wanted to silence them immediately.
He did just that, firing the game-winning goal in overtime over the left shoulder of Dwayne Roloson, milliseconds after Penguins’ color commentator Bob Errey had mentioned that Neal “needed just one so that he and everyone else would forget the last 21 games where he hasn’t really got on the board too much.”
Yes, history does have perfect timing.