Watching a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals takes years off your life.
They should pass a law that when your team loses a game in the Cup Finals, you shouldn't be allowed to drive, interact with humans, or be behind the keyboard of a computer for at least an hour.
If you contemplated taking hostages at your local BP after the game, you are not alone.
Time will cut like a razor blade Sunday morning and into the afternoon.
Every click of the clock that goes by, you'll try to ignore everything from NHL.com to WPXI.
You won't succeed, and you'll have to see some highlight.
Vomiting is okay.
After the initial thoughts of robbing our BP and heading for the border, we came to our senses.
And here's the thing...
For something good to happen, something's got to go wrong first.
That's all that happened in Game One at JLA.
And no one in their right mind could come out of Game One
thinking that the Wings' victory means this series in the bag.
Did you see the "goals" they scored?
The only decent scoring chance they had was when Hossa had an open net.
And he missed.
On the flip side, did you see the Penguins causing turnovers?
Did you see Satan, Malkin, and Letang getting some pretty good chances?
Did you see the Pens forwards controlling the puck in the offensive zone?
Did you see Zetterberg close his hand on the puck in the crease?
If you're a Detroit fan, you're thinking," Wings won, food stamps came today, series is over."
We're thinking, "Shockingly, they don't award the Cup after one game in the Finals.
Kirk Maltby is a hack."
Everyone will once again be talking about the heroics of Osgood.
And Fleury will be tossed under a bus.
But not here.
There was nothing Fleury could do.
So it's a shame that Game 2 is the most important game in Fleury's career to date.
He will be faced with the challenge of having to shut the door and get the Pens back to Mellon City 1-1.
A 2-0 Red Wings lead is death.
Those turnovers the Pens were causing?
It wasn't that Detroit was nervous. "They've been here before," remember?
It is only a matter of time.
Joe Louis Arena
Series Tied 0-0
June 4th, 2008
For the last 360 days, this is all you've thought about.
Last year you watched the Red Wings raise the Stanley Cup in the Mellon Arena.
The only Stanley Cup ever presented in Pittsburgh was given to Detroit.
A lot has changed since then.
Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Adam Hall, Ty Conklin, Marian Hossa, Georges Laraque, Jarko Ruutu, Darryl Sydor and Ryan Whitney are no longer with the Penguins.
In their place stand Chris Kunitz, Craig Adams, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Mathieu Garon, Eric Godard, Matt Cooke, Bill Guerin and Philippe Boucher.
But the pain of losing is still with this team.
Ask Sidney Crosby or Marc-Andre Fleury or Max Talbot what it felt like last year.
We thought this email from an old friend summed up what we're all feeling:
My wife and I were travelling back from the Northeast to Ohio for a friend's wedding this past weekend, and we left on Friday morning, the day after the Pens Game 2 victory.As we moved through airports, I wore my hat and backpack, each appropriately adorned with large Pens logos, felt a little taller, and walked with a little more pride and confidence that the Boys were playing well. When we reached our connecting flight at Washington-Dulles, my wife and I noticed several people wearing Penguins stuff. Passing each Pens fan that we saw, I tipped my hat to each of them and nodded; each fan would nod back just the same.It felt like we all knew the same thing: the Boys are on a roll, but it's too early to get excited.There's more work to be done
Bring the noise.
We just checked...
There's a trio of men who are 2-0 all-time at the Joe.
Rick City returns tomorrow. Nothing really going on right now.
It is a much deserving quiet night.
One pic, of many we wanted to share from Contestblog, which Rick will have winners some time this weekend.
We may have a surprise tonight.
And if you haven't heard, [A2Y] apparently has some earth shattering dirt on us. No clue.
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We don't know why. We don't dare to ask why.
But there has been one quote floating in our heads the last 24 hours.
"When you go into a lion's den, you don't tiptoe in. You carry a spear.You go in screaming like a banshee and say, 'Where is that son of a bitch?'"
Last season, the Pens tiptoed into the Finals.
By the time they knew what was going on, they were down 2 games to none.
That part of your brain that keeps you in check and tells you not to touch little boys
was telling you that the series was already over.
This season, the Pens are kicking the door down and they are pissed.
And that quote is from former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick.
Had to be done.
Working on the preview.
Someone broke cblog, so we needed a new post.
So in the meantime:
When Darren Helm ended the Blackhawks' season, sending the Wings to the Cup Finals, everyone in Pittsburgh and Detroit stood up, knowing what it meant.
Well, almost everyone.
The Pens have seen more red in these playoffs
than a project tester at Tampax Incorporated.
It continues, as an improbable rematch with the Red Wings awaits.
This was how it was supposed to be.
All season long, everyone has kept an eye on the Wings.
Ready to point and laugh, hoping Chris Osgood would get hit by a car.
So, let loose with a sigh of relief.
The Pens don't have to wait till June 5th to play again.
One of these teams' seasons may be over in a span of 27 hours over the weekend.
Last year, everyone had some nerves going into the Finals.
This year, everyone in Pens Nation is going in full throttle.If you're "afraid" of the Red Wings, we have no clue how you've come this far.
Get ready to hear the Pens aren't better than last year.
If that sentence appears in someone's article, don't read it.
At this point, you're going to have to pick and choose your battles.
Two important things.
1. We're are pulling the Don't Boo Hossa train out of the station.
If he had signed with Pittsburgh, the Pens wouldn't be here right now.
And the Pens' salary-cap outlook would look like Hiroshima.
And that's all we're gonna talk about Hossa.
Nobody really cares anymore.
If you do, it's 'cause you're trying to sell a magazine or a newspaper or the NHL, period.
And that moves us to Number 2.
2. We are shutting down Penguin/Hossa Photoshops.
For example, do not send us something like this:
Solid job, though.
Remember how Sidney Crosby feeds off of people booing him?
Just don't waste your time on Hossa.
In the long list of jerkoffs on the Red Wings, he is near the bottom.
Don't get us wrong -- The thought of Orpik laying out Hossa at center ice
then placing a dollar bill on his chest as he lay there motionless puts a hop in our step.
Guys like Kris Draper, Holmstrom, Dan Cleary and his family [ask blackngold 66] --
Those are the guys to photoshop. They are the center of the Evil Empire.
And Chris Osgood. The thought of getting another chance to watch the Pens break him floated in and out of your mind the last 12 months.
Before we get into the Red Wings, we have to tie up some loose ends.
After the jump:
-- We have an e-mail allegedly from Ted Leonsis...
-- A story from Raleigh of a Penguins night out...
-- A Dexter .GIF.
-- And a stat we have been sitting on for one whole year.