December 21, 2008

10 Days of Penguins Christmas: I Am Legend with Max Talbot and Petr Sykora

The year in hockey 2008 was a memorable one for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans. As we wind down the year, we'll be taking a look at 10 of the best moments of the past year in Penguins hockey.

With :36 seconds remaining in the game and possibly the Penguins season, you were likely sick to your stomach, but still, somewhere deep down inside, holding out hope that the Pens could force overtime.

Then it happened.

Sidney Crosby, positioned down in the corner, threw the puck on net in desperation and Max Talbot was there to slam the rebound past Chris Osgood and tie the game at three and throw PensNation a lifeline. The Red Wing fans at Joe Louis Arena were on their feet ready to celebrate another Stanley Cup championship. In the end, it would have to wait two more days, but not before a classic ending.

Two overtimes weren't enough for the Penguins or Red Wings and we entered the third extra frame, unaware of the drama about to unfold.

Petr Sykora, who called his shot to NBC's Pierre McGuire, found himself alone in the slot. Evgeni Malkin, behind the net, fed Sykora who wristed a shot by Osgood and gave the Penguins a 4-3 victory and extended the series by one more game.

Sitting, watching this game at home was not good for my heart. Game Five brought back memories of the 2000 series between Philadelphia and the Pens and the infamous Game Four where Keith Primeau's goal in the fifth overtime sunk Pittsburgh. Thankfully, things ended differently in Pittsburgh on June 2, 2008.

After the Talbot goal, I almost broke my wrist punching down on my bed in excitement. Things were almost broken in joy and the adrenaline was pumping at extremely high levels. Somehow surviving two scoreless overtimes, I prepared myself for the third and when Jiri Hudler took the four-minute high-sticking call on Rob Scuderi, I had a sense that there wouldn't be hockey for much longer.

When Sykora received the pass, I yelled "SHOOT!" at the top of my lungs in anticipation and when Mike Emrick yelled "HE SCOREEEEEES!" I couldn't help but make body movements that looked like a mix of dance moves with gyrations that I blamed on the utter joy of the moment.

Sure, two nights later things would come to an end for the Penguins, but the final win in the teams' 2007-08 season was one for the ages.

Malkin's Badass Goal Against the Flyers
Malone's Double Breaks Senators
Ruutu's Leg Kick
Pure Hockey, Outdoors
Nicklas Backstrom and His Own Goal Sinks the Caps
Malkin Lets Us Know Everything Will Be Alright

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1 comment:

NHLPens said...

Great game moments Sean....thanks for re-queing the memories!