Did you all stay awake Monday night? Were you bleary eyed at work Tuesday morning? You'd have felt better had the Red Wings scored in the third overtime instead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but then the Stanley Cup celebration would have kept you awake evern longer!
It was a fabulous game and everyone everywhere thought the Red Wings were a shoe in to win and capture the series. Now it's 3-2 in favor of the Red Wings moving to game six Wednesday night in Pittsburgh and Channel Ten will carry the action in high def once again. Most people figure Pittsburgh will win and even things up, but the Red Wings have proven to be awfully resilient in road games especially after a tough loss. But if it all gets to a game seven on Friday in Detroit, Joe Louis Arena will be rockin' once again.
The Red Wings are the better team, over all. They outshot the Penguisn 58-32 and at times in overtime, it looked like the game was a five on three power play. But Pittsburgh's goaltender was tough when he had to be and now the Penguins still have some life. You wonder what fatigue will be a factor when they go at it again and the Penguins have younger players overall.
It would be an incredible collapse if the Red Wings still don't capture the Cup. But Pittsburgh must also think if it can get matters to game seven then anything can happen and the pressure Friday night would clearly be on the Red Wings.
And the Pistons fired coach Flip Saunders Tuesday. No big surprise and team president Joe Dumars promised more changes are coming. Apparently the Pistons will promote assistant Michael Curry to replace Saunders, who led Detroit to the Eastern Conference finals in each of his three seasons. But Dumars and team owner Bill Davidson expect more and they thought this team underachieved. Who else gets moved remains to be seen, but Dumars hinted Tuesday more significant changes are coming during this off season. Expect Saunders to land elsewhere, maybe even Phoenix for next season. His record of 176-70 is the Pistons' winningest all time in the regular season and that will turn on other teams looking for coaching help. It's the way it works in the world of the NBA where coaches are seemingly always on some kind of carousel.