Last night's game was a little bit...
Coming from a place where we're all a little bit bruised and weak, putting our emotions on the line like that is pretty uncomfortable, especially when against the Leafs, who are notorious for giving us a run for our money despite all odds.
Last night's game was a roller coaster. Let us breifly discuss what went down.
The beginning of the game was...okay.
As okay as games have begun in the past, at least. And then it starts to go downhill.
No one can seem to take the puck from the Leafs, TK is injured, Kovie gets sent to the box...
Images of Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez, and numerous other disasters start entering the corners of our consciousness - but no. We push it out. Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay. Everything will be okay.
Lupul Godammit, we thought you were dead, and here you are haunting us.
We're trying not to go into panic mode, but we don't know how long we'll last.
And then, when we are questioning our abilility to truely be positive all the time, Kovalev reminds us to not question our team, especially not in the first period.
Not his first goal celebration with the Pens, but the first time with these players, and it is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
The second period finds us a little bit more confident.
We remember that the Pens are never losing again and are ready for a bloodbath.
Max Talbot tries to get a date after the game by being fancy, and just misses getting a goal.
Rupp starts the mayhem early.
Possibly the best photograph ever taken.
Lupul tries some funny business and nearly convinces everyone that we're watching soccer. Luckily the refs know that no one watches soccer, so when everyone starts cheering for a goal they get it together and remember that this is in fact hockey.
Unfortunately, all of the confusion gets to Colby Armstrong and he forgets what team he really plays for.
Not the goal, just Colbs in blue. It does not do wonders for his heinously pale complexion.
Colby come home?
Unfortunately, despite the team his heart is with, the team whose jersey Colby is wearing gets the point. We don't find this to be good practice, and are petitioning the NHL for a change.
Luckily, Letestu is back in action and just as sexual as ever.
He makes up for the lost point, AND makes Jordy's day.
Realizing that all of the formerly absent players would now have to show their stuff, Mister Jeffrey takes a feed from Cooke and shows that he too is a valuable member of team Penguins.
For the first time in the game, we are ahead on the scoreboard.
James Reimer is on suicide watch. He looks like he is in agony.
Of course, the Leafs take away some of the glory in the first half of the third, and before we can blink they've scored twice.
We try to get a read on the game but we don't know what to think.
It might be negative.
But we're not willing to let it get us.
We remember these days. HOPE. FAITH. Come on Curry.
Before long this game has got a better back-and-forth than the cast of Community.
Max Talbot set aside his allowance this week just to take a girl out, and he is not letting it go to waste again.
The stud scores it shorthanded, of course, because he is a superstar.
Wishes granted, dreams coming true.
Phaneuf won't let it happen, takes the lead back.
We really can't expect press to keep up at this point, anyway.
And finally, panties litter the ice when Rupp sails one in to retie the game, 5-5.
Regulation ends as we try to catch our breath and get a steady heartbeat going again.
Overtime is a joke, but it leads into the SO, which we all secretly wanted just so we could watch Kovie do his thing in a Pens jersey.
And did he ever.
SORRY SIR BUT NOT REALLY
We'd say something like "what a game" but in reality, this was nothing like a normal hockey game. This was a beautiful rarity of a game and we really don't know if our hearts could handle too many of these.
But we certainly do appreciate the entertainment, and of course the fight our team is putting into their play when they know they are back into a corner.
Hey, we're still 4th in the east. Right now we should be nothing but positive.
Anyway, we're never losing again.
Last night's game was a little bit...