Changing The Script: Pens Win Adds One Final Game To 2009 NHL Season
Total Pro Sports – It is the most appropriate way to end what has been an entertaining Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Faced with a do or die situation at home last night, the Penguins came out hard and took it to the defending cup champions, rewriting last years script with a 2-1 game 6 win. Up next? Game seven!
Many looked at this years final as panning out in similar fashion to that of 2008 when Detroit took a 3-2 lead into Pittsburgh and raised the Stanley Cup in the opposition’s building. The Pens and their fans were forced to watch last year, but they had different ideas on their minds this time around.
Out-shooting the Wings after the first period 12-3, the Pens were unable to solve Chris Osgood, keeping the score knotted at zeros. That changed in the second after a Jordan Staal goal made it 1-0. Tyler Kennedy would add another in the third, and the Pens would survive a final period push from the Wings that saw them come within one goal after Kris Draper picked up a rebound, but that was all. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was marvelous, making 13 saves in the period, including one on a Dan Cleary breakaway with only minutes remaining.
With the win, the season now comes down to a final decisive game between the Pens and Wings. Game 7 is set for Friday night at the joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and you can bet it will be rocking. The Penguins have improved by at least one win this year, but you can bet they will want to make it two. The Red Wings will have something to say about that as they look to continue the trend which has seen the home team win every game in this series. They will need that to remain the same if they wish to hand winger Marian Hossa his first Stanley Cup, only one year after he lost in the finals with the Penguins. Did he make the right choice leaving Pittsburgh? That question will be answered Friday night, and TPS will be in attendance to witness it. Check back with us for pics and a Stanley Cup round up as well.