In the 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins fell short of winning the Stanley Cup with a loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice.
On November 11, 2008, the two teams met again in Hockeytown. For many Penguins fans, this was the chance to beat Detroit after the bad taste in their mouths after the Stanley Cup Finals. Some even said that this game represented what would have happened had the series gone seven games.
This also was the Penguins first time playing Marian Hossa since he left them to join the Red Wings to "win the Stanley Cup".
Needless to say, the Penguins and their fans wanted this win badly.
4:34 into the first period the Penguins jumped out to a lead on a goal by Sidney Crosby. The lead stood for ten minutes before a pair of goals in two minutes put Detroit up 2-1.
1:09 into the second period Detroit went ahead 3-1 on a goal by Johan Franzen.
The Penguins made it 3-2 on a goal by Max Talbot. With 1:58 left in the second, however, Pavel Datsyuk made it 4-2 Red Wings.
It was much of the same early in the third period as Henrik Zetterberg scored to make it 5-2.
With a five-on-three power play, Evgeni Malkin tallied one to make it 5-3. The goal was enough to keep the Penguins within striking distance. 1:12 later, they were even closer as Jordan Staal made the score 5-4.
After Jiri Hudler responded, putting the Red Wings up 6-4 time was running out.
Staal didn't care how much time was left, he just wanted to score. A goal with 4:09 left in the game brought the Penguins within one goal again.
Just as seen in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins pulled their goaltender, down by one with under a minute to play. A face-off win by Mike Zigomanis gave the Penguins possession with 30 seconds left.
Staal buried the puck in the net for a game-tying hat trick with just 23 seconds remaining.
Staal was not done yet though. On a turnover, at 3:49 in overtime, Staal found Ruslan Fedotenko for the game-winning goal.
In one of the most dramatic games in Penguins regular season history, the Penguins won their first meeting against Detroit since losing the Stanley Cup.