Friday, April 9, 2010
Retiring Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Crosby Scores His What-ieth Goal?
In a pregame ceremony, legendary broadcaster Mike Lange and his former booth partner, Paul Steigerwald, introduced the finest collection of Pittsburgh hockey graybeards that the team could summon for the occasion.
After the introductions, the current Penguins team joined the legends at center ice for the mother of all team pictures.
Those same, current Penguins, also had one, final regular season game to play against the New York Islanders. Although the score remained close for a while, the outcome was never seriously in doubt. Captain Sidney Crosby played like a man on a mission all night, on his way to becoming the third youngest player to reach 500 career points, behind only... you guessed it, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
Media outlets began reporting Crosby's 50th goal immediately... but, alas! Upon further review, the puck was redirected into the net by none other than that unseemly villain, that despicable, glory hounding, goal leech: Billy Guerin's ass! The puck had deflected off of Guerin before finding it's way past Marty Biron for Guerin's 19th of the season...not Sid's 50th.
If that weren't enough, late in the third period, Bill Guerin's stick got into the act, and slammed his 20th goal, the Penguins' 7th of the night, into the net; in what will go down in history as the last regular season goal ever scored at Mellon Arena.
For Pittsburgh and their fans, the night was a smashing success. Now that same group hopes that it's final post-season game is just as joy filled.