PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A hard-fought, double overtime win has given the Penguins a commanding 3-1 game lead over Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tyler Kennedy scored on a power play; Arron Asham added his third goal of the series; Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves and James Neal came through in overtime with the game winner.
The series now returns to Pittsburgh. With just one more win, the Pens can close out the series and move on to the second round. Is it really that simple though?
It was 3:38 into the second overtime when Neal sent Pens’ fans into late night delirium.
“I started jumping around, and broke a few glasses, but that’s the excitement when you’re watching the Penguins do their thing,” said Ty McCray, a fan from the North Side.
It was a nice win, but you need four in the W column before moving on in the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
But many fans say like in real life, if you’re not careful during a storm, Lightning can strike quickly and dangerously.
“It’s definitely not over yet, but you’ve got to be a little bit wary,” said Park Webb, a fan from Bellvue. “They’ve got a strong team, they got the stars and obviously ours are hurting right now.”
But, for a moment, let’s suppose the Pens beat the Bolts. If he’s cleared, should you-know-who suit up and play?
“Good question,” said McCray. “Something I might sleep on.”
Many fans are torn as to whether Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby should come back.
“I still say go for it,” added Webb.
“Depends on how far it goes,” said fan Joel Matticks. “If it goes 2-2, he should come back. If they go 3-1 again, I think he should stay out.”
Game 5 is set for Saturday at 12 p.m. at the CONSOL Energy Center.