We’ll Meet You In The Schoolyard, Baby . . .

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For all the marbles on Friday night in Detroit . . . That’s how announcer, Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins, closed out the game Tuesday night as the Pens held on for a 2-1 win over the Red Wings. 

Then he had to change his pants.  Well, maybe . . .  

Like the rest of Pens fans, who were glued to their seats, or locked in a half standing, almost ready to jump out of their skin position, going to the bathroom wasn’t an option.  I’m sure some almost shat themselves over the last minute and a half of frenzied attack action from Detroit that had the majority of the Steel City screaming “NONONONONONONONONO!”

Whew, that was close.

20 blocked shots by the Pittsburgh defense, namely Brooks Orpik and the deepest digger of the night, Rob Scuderi, who played goalie without a mask, turning away the puck three times in the crease as Marc Andre Fleury was forced out of position during the waning seconds of the game when Detroit had six attackers on ice and were giving it all they had to lay claim to Lord Stanley’s Cup right then.  Right there.  In Pittsburgh.  For the second year in a row . . .

Okay, I know that was a bootleg version – but you get the idea . . .

That intense sequence, in which fingernails dug into the arms of husbands and boyfriends across the city, came after a breakaway by Dan Cleary with 90 seconds left.  He sped towards the goal with Orpik helplessly chasing, oozing with determination to score, only to be stoned by an uberconfident Marc Andre Fleury, who bounced back from a lackluster performance in Game 5 letting only one puck find its way behind him.  The defense and goaltending gave the Penguins an opportunity to go back to Detroit, to have the opportunity to win one game for the Cup.

Like Mike Lange said, “We’ll meet you in the schoolyard, baby, for all the marbles . . .”

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