Sometimes, when a team has its backs against the wall, it takes one player stepping forward to make all the difference.
In Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, that one player was Petr Sykora.
Signed by new Pens general manager Ray Shero from the Edmonton Oilers, Sykora was a perfect fit playing on Evgeni Malkin's right side and had tallied 28 goals in the 2007-08 season.
Trailing the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in the series and facing the daunting challenge of winning in Joe Louis Arena, the Pens looked doomed until Max Talbot scored to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining to force overtime.
In a back-and-forth game, the Pens and Red Wings were each unable to get the deciding goal through the first two overtime periods.
During the first overtime intermission, Sykora predicted to his teammates that he would get the game-winning goal.
While players making bold predictions isn't a rarity, making that prediction come true is, and Sykora's wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at the 9:57 mark of the third overtime gave the Pens the win and sent the series back to Pittsburgh.
While the Pens would ultimately lose the series to the Red Wings, Sykora's called shot gave a young team confidence that it could win in Joe Louis Arena, a confidence which it would need the following year in the rematch.