The Tower of Flower Power after a shaky start that had me reaching for the antacids and vodka again, stopped the next 19 shots to help the Pens drag the series back to even. All respect to the Flower but one of the best saves of the night was made by El Capitan when a Volchenkov shot dribbled through and Sid dove across to knock it away. Isn't it weird that 'interesting saves' are the ones that during the game gave you the biggest spike in blood pressure? The only (?) thing I'll say about Sutton's hit on Leopold is that if the League doesn't do something about a guy leaving his feet and leading with an elbow to the head, then the whole 'protect the player' pose is a joke and they obviously didn't hear me screaming for 10 solid minutes when it happened. I did like the way the guys stepped up afterwards (Maximus and Rupp you know who you are) to put the Sens back on their heels physically. I have officially forgiven Mike Rupp his birthplace after he bulldogged one Sen to the ice and sent another through the Zamboni door. (that was sweet) Now on to Ottoway and game 3. GO PENS!!!
Flower's take on Sid's save is about 1:33 in
Ok, let's put things in perspective: Penguins 1 Senators 1. Some have tried to put blame and shame on the players for the first loss, but true Pennsaddicts know where the fault lies. The fans just didn't have their proper Play-Off juju going for the first game. Y'all were wearing the wrong shirts (jerseys), haven't found the right good-luck spot on the couch, didn't find the right bar to watch the game, or were watching on Mario's TV when you should have been home, or vice versa. This kind of thing can not be allowed to continue. Great talent and skill can only take the team so far, and then it's our responsibility to take it the rest of the way. If you need to review, here's Mackenzie Carpenter's PPG article from after the SCF last year detailing some of the many PensAddicts did to help the guys to the Cup. From Coach Dan's daily burrito routine, to unwashed Primanti shirts, to what to do when things don't work. C'mon addicts! You know what you have to do, now get out there and do it.