Amazed that he called his shot. Amazed that he came through with the promise. Amazed. Just amazed.
Way back in the third period when the Wings took a 3-2 lead with about seven minutes to go, I started writing a eulogy for the Penguins. Almost three full periods later, at 12:51 in the morning, Sykora forced a game six in Pittsburgh.
Emma Fleury was absolutely awesome. I hate that word, but in this case, I was literally awe struck by his play in periods three through six. The Wings were applying relentless pressure, crashing the nets hard and shooting a ton. Fleury answered the bell every time.
Pittsburgh still has a very steep hill to climb, but they are by no means out of it.
Game six will be Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.
In a lot of ways, this series is really reminding me of the Canes-Oilers series in 2006.