Penguins Lose to End-Boards in Game One of Cup Finals

Matt HunterCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 29:  Goaltender Marc-Andres Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins stands for the national anthem before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena on November 29, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Buffalos won 3-2. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Game number one of the Stanley Cup finals has ended and the end boards...I'm sorry the Detroit Red Wings took game one.

Now I am not one to complain about games or take away from teams when they win. The Red Wings won game one I will give them that. They killed penalties, and shut down the offense of the Penguins.

However, I will not give them the credit they deserve for the win. They scored one goal tonight, that is it. Marc-Andre Fleury was beat by one shot and somehow gave up three goals.

He was, however, beat by the end boards twice tonight off terrible bounces from shots from Red Wings players. Did the Red Wings plan for those shots to happen? Possibly, should they have been goals? More than likely they should not have.

The Penguins played a very well fought game, and if you take away those ridiculous goals that were scored, then game one should be going into overtime instead of the the Red Wings winning in regulation.

Hopefully the boards will not score anymore goals in the rest of this series for both teams. I am not mad that Detroit got the goals, but this is the Stanley Cup, and goals need to beat goaltenders not boards giving bounces and pucks bouncing off goaltenders. That goes for both sides this series.

Hopefully we see some real goals come the following weeks, and are not left to watching ricochets decide who wins.


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