Holy crap. Marc-Andre Fleury: Half-man, half-god

Marc-Andre FleuryThat goalie for the Penguins is really good.

For those who missed last night’s Game 5, you missed one of the best goaltending performances I’ve ever seen. Marc-Andre Fleury was standing on his face all night, on his way to leading the Penguins to a 4-3 win in triple overtime on the strength of 55 saves, many of them simply spectacular.

Fleury’s toe save on a Red Wings odd-man rush could be one of the greatest saves in the history of hockey, considering the magnitude of the game. With Detroit outshooting Pittsburgh 58-32, it was Fleury who held the Penguins in the game long enough to be in a position to win it.

All in all, it was one of the best Final games the NHL has seen in many years.

With Detroit only seconds away from winning the Stanley Cup, and Pittsburgh with an empty net, Max Talbot jammed home a rebound with just over 30 seconds remaining regulation to send it to extra time.

The teams exchanged opportunities throughout the extra session, and it wasn’t until Jiri Hudler took a 4-minute high sticking penalty about midway through overtime #3 that Pittsburgh was able to end it on Petr Sykora’s goal.

The game was all the NHL could’ve asked for. It was a classic match, tons of drama, and the series will continue. It was a successful night for the NHL, and according to Sports Media Watch, the ratings will agree.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew a 4.3/8 overnight last night, up 72% from a 2.5 for last year’s clinching Game 5, which was played on a Wednesday. The rating peaked with a 5.8/10 from 11:00-11:30 PM.

NBC averaged 5.8 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers, good for a fourth place finish for the night. Among adults 18-49, NBC drew a 2.5/7 among, tying CBS for the top spot in the demo.

It bodes extremely well for Game 6. With a large crowd expected to be watching across the nation, let’s hope the game can come close to living up to Game 5.

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Posted on June 3, 2008, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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