4.22.2010

Game of the Night


2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 5: Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins @ Mellon Arena
4-3 Final 3OT

Yup, it took 3 20-minute OT periods for this game to finish.  Add that atop of the 60 minutes of regulation and that's a lot of hockey (for you math geeks, that's 120 minutes!  Two hockey games!)

But how did this game come to an end?  Well read and find out!

After dropping the next 3 games to the Pens, Brian Elliott was replaced by Pascal Leclaire, who - quite honestly - hasn't been having the best of seasons of late.  But tonight was his chance to prove to everyone in Ottawa that he was worth that big money.

Faced with 59 shots, Leclaire stopped 56!  56!  And that kept his team in it for 107 minutes until Matt Carkner scored the GWG in the 3rd OT period.  His counterpart, Marc-Andre Fleury, made 40 saves on 44 shots.  Not as successful, but he held his ground nearly as long as Leclaire had.

Pittsburgh came in with all the fire power they could muster.  The chances they got were amazing and it was a shock to me most of them were saved by Leclaire.  But we could be guranteed that the same intensity (if not more) will emerge from the Penguins again in Ottawa as they look to end their series at 6 games.

OT saw us amazing chances and rushes from both teams.  And with awesome chances, come brilliant saves!  Highlight reel composers are going to have a lot of material to pick from, I don't know how they'll do it.

Maybe tonight was an indication to a few more nights to come.  Maybe this whole series will go to 7 games, or maybe it will end at 6.  Either way, it's going to be one heck of a series to watch.  Who will continue on their dreams for the Cup?

3 stars:
1) Pascal Leclaire
2) Matt Cullen
3) Sidney Crosby

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