Last night, with the ratings bomb known as the Stanley Cup Finals on its last legs, the NHL may have gotten the biggest boost in the history of the sport. The game began around 8:30 pm (eastern), and proceeded to keep every fan on the edge of their seat (including me) until 12:30 am.
The Penguins, down 3-1 in the series and up 2-0 in the game at one point, made the series a bit more interesting as they forced 3 OVERTIMES, after making it 3-3 with 35 seconds left in regulation, to make the series go back to the Steel City for game 6. Gary Stillman, the NHL commish, may have breathed a significant sigh of relief as he watched his sport be saved by one game.
Its a shame that, we as Americans (don't deny it), don't appreciate this sport as much as we should, especially when the players are as passionate as they are. When the ratings come out after the series is over, they will be sure to disappoint, but this one game may save hockey in this country.... for what that's worth.
Oh, and if you don't know who Don Cherry is, here's the sharp-dressed man himself:
And yes, that suit is real.
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