My newborn daughter decided neither of us should sleep last night, so I popped in Game 5 from the 2008 Finals. A few observations below:
*Of players who dressed in that game for the Penguins, only Sid, Geno, Dupuis, Fleury, TK, and Orpik remain.
*Gary Roberts started on a line with Crosby and Hossa, just to get things off to a good start.
*I thought this game was the game where Ruutu told Maltby to "Sit down, Shut up and retire," but that was earlier in the series.
*Sid always knew where Hossa was on the ice. It was remarkable how well those two were in synch despite not playing that many games together. It made the "Winger for Sid" feelings come back.
*MAF was amazing. Gave up 3 goals in just over 109 minutes. Only the third was even remotely savable, and that wasn't on him either. The first two were point blank deflections. Probably a dozen highlight saves in that game.
*It's wierd to see a powerplay start somewhere outside the offensive zone. It seems like that rule change was 100 years ago.
*Whitney played over 50 minutes, and looked competant in the defensive end. I have evidently blocked that from my memory bank, because I swore that had never happened.
*Malone coming back after his face exploded is the reason playoff hockey is the most intense sporting genre.
*I had forgotten how terrible MAF used to be handling the puck. His journey from that attrociousness to today's adequacy was a huge leap.
*I had also discounted that Sid used to struggle on faceoffs. He won 14 of 33, and was beaten cleanly a few times.
*Watching a game without a lot of emotional bias since it was over 4 years ago, and Pierre's Red Wing love is still very annoying. Yes, it's a team that any hockey man would love to coach, but enough is enough.
*Max scored 3 of the biggest 30 goals in Pens history - only 2 will be remembered.
*I miss hockey.