Pens Win Game 5in Triple-OT ‘Called Shot’

What a game…

Pittsburgh’s Petr Sykora, injured earlier in the game, called his shot in the 3rd overtime to give his Penguins a 4-3 victory over the host Detroit Red Wings in Game 5. It kept Pittsburgh alive – the Wings lead the series now, 3-2 – going into Wednesday’s game back at the Igloo. Here’s Sykora’s goal…

Sykora also scored a goal in the 3rd OT of a playoff game in 2003, when he played for the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars. (His coach at the time was current Detroit coach Mike Babcock.) This morning’s game-winner came on a four-minute power play. Pittsburgh’s earlier efforts with the man-advantage in Game 5 resulted only two shots. Detroit, meanwhile, got off a total of 58 shots on Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was magnificent in goal in the win.

The game was the fifth-longest in Stanley Cup finals history. Here’s the ranking of the top six:

55:13 on May 15, 1990
Edmonton 3 at Boston 2 (Game 1): goal by Petr Klima

54:51 on June 19, 1999
Dallas 2 at Buffalo 1 (Game 6): goal by Brett Hull *

54:47 on June 8, 2002
Detroit 3 at Carolina 2 (Game 3): goal by Igor Larionov

53:50 on April 9, 1931
Chicago 3 at Montreal 2 (Game 3): goal by Cy Wentworth

49:57 in June 2, 2008
Pittsburgh 4 at Detroit 2 (Game 5): goal by Petr Sykora

46:21 on June 8, 2000
Dallas 1 at New Jersey 0 (Game 5): goal by Mike Modano

44:31 on June 10, 1996
Colorado 1 at Florida 0 (Game 4): goal by Uwe Krupp *

* Stanley Cup-winning goal

Canes fans will remember two OT goals that beat the Hurricanes: Igor Larionov’s winner in Game 3 in 2002 and the short-handed goal scored by Fernando Pisani in 2006. Larionov’s goal in 2002 gave his Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 series lead; many Canes fans believe if Carolina had won, they would have eventually won the series. In 2006, the Canes were on a power play in the opening moments of OT in a potentially Cup-clinching Game 5, but gave up the shorty to Pisani. Edmonton went on the even the series at 3-3 at home a couple of nights later, but Carolina came back in Game 7 to win the Cup.

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One Response to Pens Win Game 5in Triple-OT ‘Called Shot’

  1. Jamie says:

    After Pittsburgh scored to tie just before the end of regulation, something happened to me that I never thought possible. I started to pull for the Penguins (remember, I was born and bred a Flyers fan).

    Honestly, though, I thought that game was never going to end …

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