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