I wonder though.. The Penguins (and thep ress) talked a lot about knowing what to expect now, as they've been there (the finals) before.
But this is a whole different animal. Beating Washington in round 2 isn't playing game seven of the Stanley Cup finals. The Cup is in the building and you are 60 minutes away of raising it. But if you lose you really do lose. Totally different vibe imo. We'll see how each team deals with that, because these Wings haven't been in that situation either.
It's so hilarious. Yesterday, after the Wings loss, people were excited about the prospect of winning the Cup in a Game 7 at home. This morning, Wings fans are calling in to sports radio and metaphorically peeing themselves at the grim possibility that Detroit could lose. Ahhhh, fandom.
When that shot went off the crossbar with about 2 minutes to play, I was thinking how surreal it would be for the game to end--and then for everyone to have to wait for a video review to find out if the Penguins had won the Cup or not. As it turned out, there wasn't need for a review anyway--people who had a better view of it than my TV gave me were already certain it wasn't a goal--but it certainly would have been a weird scenario.
That was the most incredible last second play I have ever seen, I think. The entire 3rd period was nerve wracking (hell, the entire game was), especially when Detroit made the inevitable goal to start to comeback attempt.
Congrats to Detroit for a great season and series, and congratulations to the STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PITTSBURGH PENGUINS! YES!
Crosby and the rest of the Penguins served notice with their Matt Hardy-esque "WE WILL NOT DIE" attitude over these last few nights. They are for real, and their time in the sun WILL come. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when...