Pittsburgh Penguins Twenty Minutes From History

Todd FlemingAnalyst IJune 12, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04:  Maxime Talbot #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Daniel Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings off the puck during game six of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 4, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

What an amazing two periods of hockey setting up what should be a furious final 20 minutes to the NHL season.

The key moment of this game so far came right after the injury to Sidney Crosby.  The Penguins were up a goal but facing serious adversity.

There Captain and leader had just gone to the locker room and there was no knowing if he could make it back.

And, then came the penalty.  The Red Wings fired off a flurry of shots, some at point blank, off Fleury.  He stood firm. 

In fact, this is the best he has looked during the entirety of these playoffs, making some incredible saves.

The finals seconds ticked off the penalty with the Penguins still nursing that critical one goal lead.

Not long after the penalty kill, Mad Max Talbot added to his legend, firing off his second shot that beat Chris Osgood.

Pittsburgh 2, Detroit 0.

20 more minutes.  This game is far from over which was evident during the final two minutes of the second period.

The Red Wings attacked with a fury, controlling the play in the Penguins zone and getting off plenty of great shots in the process.

But, the Flower said "No...not tonight."  At least not yet.

One more period for heroes to emerge.  20 more minutes that these guys will remember for the rest of their lives.  20 more minutes of pulse racing hockey.

Go Pens!