It took two and a half overtimes to decide game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals last night in Detroit. The Red Wings faithful were there the whole time, fully expecting their team to come away with the Stanley Cup that evening. Too bad they got disappointed.
During a brief break in the first overtime, NBC sideline reporter Pierre McGuire told everyone that Petr Sykora very confidently shared with him that he was going to get the next goal.
Turns out he was right. With 9:57 left in the third overtime he netted the game winner and sent all of the Detroit fans home feeling bitter.
He isn’t as cocky as you may think though. He was just trying to encourage his tired teammates in the locker room according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:
“Calling the shot, it was just between the periods, it was something stupid I said.”
Heres a video of the goal that helped them to finally go to bed after playing until very late.
Sykora wasn’t the only hero for the Pens last night though. If it wasn’t for Max Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury’s efforts than Sykora wouldn’t have even had that opportunity to win the game for them.
Max Talbot scored the game tying goal with 34 seconds left that shocked all of the Detroit fans who all thought that it was over and that their team won.
After that it was Fleury the rest of the way who stopped a total of 55 shots and was just amazing during the overtimes. Making some amazing saves like this one:
As you can see it was a total team effort. Game 6 will be Wednesday from Pittsburgh.