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Stayin' alive ... and up late

June 4, 2008 - Neil Rudel

The Penguins-Red Wings' game Monday night/Tuesday morning further illustrated the fine line between winning and losing in sports.

With Detroit hanging onto a 3-2 lead, and its crowd chanting and practically tasting the champagne from the Stanley Cup, the Red Wings missed a couple of point-blank shots that would have put the game away in the third period as Penguin goalie Marc-Andre Fleury -- and I'm trying to stay with the hockey jargon here -- stood on his head.

After Maxime (I love these hockey names) Talbot tied the game with 34 seconds left, the Penguins gained confidence and had enough guts to win it in a third OT.

I confess to havijng fallen asleep right before the fateful goal, apparently a good omen for the Pens since I arrived at home in time to see them squander a 2-0 lead.

Though Pittsburgh still has a long road left, if the Penguins can hold home ice tonight, the pressure will move squarely back to Detroit, where the guy who was polishing the Stanley Cup late in the third period will probably be kept in a closet until the series is officially over.

I'll watch the game tonight as an appetizer to the NBA Finals.


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