With The Piece and Flower on its side, Pittsburgh can taste a title
PITTSBURGH -- On the 25th anniversary of the drafting of
In a near-perfect game Tuesday in which Pittsburgh did not need Lemieux-like performances from the Super Mario Brothers known as
His name is
So, for that matter, did Scuderi in the final 15 seconds with the Penguins holding onto the one-goal lead by their fingertips. Scuderi stopped what appeared to be two shots in the blue paint, once with a shin guard, another with his toe, with the Red Wings looking like they were going to go all Penn State on the Penguins and run in the tying goal.
"I'm more of a standup goalie, not a butterflyer," said Scuderi, who is marvelously self-deprecating. "They're outnumbering us in front of the net and it's kinda tough to take one man. I just tried to go down, and I guess it hit me. I'm pretty fortunate there. Like I said, just glad to help out any way I can."
"You throw some pads on him, and he'd do a pretty good job, too." Staal said. "He's so solid defensively, and he'll do anything it takes to get (the puck) out of our zone. He's definitely a big piece of the puzzle."
The Big Piece?
"So," Staal said, grinning, "he says."
At that moment
"The breakaway in the third period is a pretty big save at a pretty big time for our team," Pittsburgh coach
"We all knew it was going to happen," Staal said of Fleury's splendid Game 6. "Flower's an unbelievable goaltender. He does a great job bouncing back, and he was obviously there for us the whole game. You could tell everybody in this room was confident that he wasn't going to let anything in."
Certainly Flower and The Piece had support. Even
Now a final deserving of a Game 7 will provide exactly that, a bit of high drama that could anoint this be the best seven-gamer since the New York Rangers beat Vancouver in 1994.
If The Piece denies him, the Penguins could be golden.