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Scuderi's save prolongs Penguins' season

Wednesday, 06.10.2009 / 1:02 AM / 2009 Stanley Cup Final: Detroit vs. Pittsburgh

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Believe it or not, goaltending doesn't run in Rob Scuderi's family.

"Absolutely not," the Pittsburgh defenseman said after making a huge save in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday night, a victory that forces a winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday. "My brother did, through rather unsuccessful lengths. He turned into a great defenseman; but goalie is definitely not in our family."

Ken Scuderi may have tried to be a goalie growing up on Long Island, but older brother Rob never had an interest in being a masked man.

But it was hard to tell that Rob Scuderi avoided goaltending at all costs after his kick save on Johan Franzen in the final seconds of Game 6 saved the night and the season for the Penguins.

Franzen had goalie Marc-Andre Fleury down and out when he ticketed a puck for the short side, only to be denied by a flash of Scuderi's left shin guard.

"I'm more of a stand-up goalie, not a butterfly guy," Scuderi joked afterward.

He said the play came out of desperation, not training.

"They are outnumbering us in front of the net and at that point it is kind of tough to just take the man," he said. "I just tried to go down and hope that it hit and I'm pretty fortunate it did.

"If he would have put it up a foot or two feet, I don't think I would have had much of a chance to stop it. Whatever it hit, I'm glad it did.  I'm glad to help out in any way I can."

While Scuderi was denying his goaltending aptitude, the rest of the team was reveling in it.

After congratulating Fleury, the Pens' real goalie, the Penguins made sure they saved a few of the customary stick taps for the man they call "Scuds."

"Obviously we went to Flower first," Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke said of Fleury. "He made a huge save on (Dan) Cleary (on a late breakaway that could have tied the game). But then the rest of the room had a lot of accolades for Scuds for playing his second position, which is goaltender."

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