Yes, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored the goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made the big saves, including a beauty on a Dan Cleary breakaway. But it may well have been Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi who delivered the NHL with a Game 7 Stanley Cup with his three huge saves in the final 17 seconds.
Now comes Friday in Detroit. It will be the 15th Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Finals. Twelve times the home team has won.
The big questions? Can Fleury carry his game from Pittsburgh to Detroit? While the Penguins goalie has been strong at home, he’s been shaky at Joe Louis Arena, including a 5-0 loss there last week. Will Sidney Crosby have the type of game that will define his career? Will Marian Hossa show up for Detroit?
By the way, you know how coaches always talk about the little things? The Penguins blocked 20 shots in Game 6 and delivered 35 hits.
MORE BREAD FOR BALSILLIE
It appears Jim Balsillie may have to come up with as much as another $100 million to move the Coyotes to Hamilton. Bankruptcy judge Redfield Baum believes the NHL is entitled to a relocation fee and $100 million could be the number.
The NHL is seeking time to come up with an appropriate relocation fee. Baum told the league they’ll have to come up with one on a “very expedited basis,” since June 22 is the date the Coyotes could be sold at auction.
What does this all mean? The ball is basically in Balsillie’s court. If he believes the relocation fee is too much, he’ll simply walk away, leaving the city of Hamilton once again twisting in the wind.
The Flyers have called a press conference today to reportedly announce the signing of ostracized goalie Ray Emery, who spent last season in Russia after irritating Ottawa management and players. Not a bad decision, especially when you consider both Flyer goalies Martin Biron and Antero Nittymaki are unrestricted come July 1.
Brent Sutter spent two years in New Jersey and decided family and business back in Red Deer were more important. Can’t blame a guy for that.
You interested in Dany Heatley? Better have $7.5 million reasons why.
NBC refused to allow Game 6 to be televised outside Mellon Arena or Joe Louis Arena, fearing a ratings loss. Horrible decision.
Chris Osgood’s championship cereal box: $12.99 on ebay.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
“I’m more of a stand-up goalie, not a butterfly guy.” Rob Scuderi joking after Game 6.
“We played a hundred and something games this season and it comes down to one game. How special is that?” Penguins forward Max Talbot.
Song of the day: Suzie Lightning, by Warren Zevon.