2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators @ Scotiabank Place
4-3 Final OT; Series won by Pittsburgh 4-2
(Song is credit to Hey Monday. Title: Run Don't Walk)
Major congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins! (And for the record, I called it in 6 games. Who the (wo)man!?!)
But the valiant effort of the Ottawa Senators would not go unnoticed. The Pens/Sens series turned out to be one of the awesomest of series.
People doubted Ottawa and their capability of being a test for the Penguins of Pittsburgh, but they shattered those doubts with convincing wins and pushing the Pens to OT several times (one of those times going over to 3 OT periods).
Brian Elliott started out for them, but after that didn't settle well in Cory Clouston's stomach. And in game 5 put Pascal Leclaire in net on a big gamble. That paid off in the biggest of ways. They made it through 60 minutes of regulation and 3 OT periods before a puck slid in past Marc-Andre Fleury and into the back of the net.
Ottawa had none of the critics and bucket loads of faith and belief. That was enough for them and it carried them 6 games into the series against last year's Stanley Cup champs.
Pittsburgh did a lot more things right though. Maybe they lost two games, but only because of little seams coming apart in their style and play. They out shot Ottawa for all of their games (nearly) and out-goaltended them for a majority of the series. The Pens had the skill and the will, and that was more than enough to continue on.
Ottawa was seen playing a great 20 minute period, and then for the other 40, they rested on their early lead (if they had it). But when they made it to OT, they were a team possessed. They played with fire and passion that was absent for about 40 minutes, and sometimes won the game. But this final OT that held their post-season lives on the line, was different from the others.
Pittsburgh were out hit in the OT period, but that didn't matter to them as long as they got that goal. And that they did from Pascal Dupuis. Way to get your first goal of this year's playoffs, eh?
And now they await for their opponent for round 2.
1) Pascal Dupuis
2) Matt Cooke
3) Matt Cullen
Some fan recognition!