Wow. If you're a hockey fan, you just watched what I consider to be one of the best Stanley Cup Finals games ever. It took 3 Overtimes to decide this one and the Penguins salvaged a chance at game 6 with only 34 seconds to play in regulation after pulling their goalie. Petr Sykora actually called his shot in OT well before tallying the game-winning goal. An injured Sergei Gonchar on the ice and grabbing an Assist for that goal? For a single game, that's stuff of legend.
Now, before I continue, this needs to be said...
Even though I'm a huge Penguins fan, the Red Wings are obviously the better team. They have the better defensive plan. They're deeper in skaters and puck handlers. They're better conditioned. Their rink is nearly an unfair advantage because the boards there are like pinball bumpers and they take advantage of that, and did to an extreme in their throttling of the Pens in the first two games. Goliath started the series by beating down David. But David is as even as they can be after five games when heading back to their own arena.
This series heads back to Pittsburgh for game 6 with the Pens down only one game. Realistically, I expect the series to end in Detroit's favor right there and then. However, the Pens have been learning on-the-fly about how to play the 'Wings and how to play in that pinball-machine of an arena. It's interesting to watch and it's possible that their road win at an impossible arena may have given them confidence and isolated a better gameplan.
Classic contest. Interesting matchup. Drama and legend galore. Everything I'd want in a series, even if my team (Pens) is a huge underdog.
Simply fun to watch.