I'm going to have a hockey hangover tomorrow, I can tell. Or actually it'll technically be later on today whenever I wake up, assuming that at some point I'm going to go to bed. It's 5 in the morning and I'm still up. Granted, I'm usually up until around 3am anyway because that's just my natural tendency to be a night person, but man... that was some shit.
34.3 fucking seconds from winning the Cup and they let them tie it with the fucking goalie pulled. Not one, not two, but three fucking overtimes later and they lose when the Pens finally score on a fucking power play. AUGH!!! I knew it was coming too. The longer the Wings dominated play without scoring the winner, the more I dreaded it because that's just when the other team goes down and scores.
I can't blame the refs for the call. You have to be in control of your stick. A high stick is a gotta call, every time. And drawing blood is 4 minutes, automatic. Nothing to be done about it. But fuck.... just fuck.
Ozzie didn't look good tonight. He was fighting the puck all night long. He's been so fucking solid back there all playoffs long. Don't get the jitters on me now, Chris!
I was happy to see Babcock shake up the lines. Pavel and Hank were getting nothing going together and the revamped lines were on fire through the first two overtimes. The fourth line of Maltby - Helm - Hudler was really good too. Hopefully the guys can carry the good stuff over into the next game and pull out win #16 in the Penguins' barn without the pressure of knowing the whole city is just waiting to explode around them if they win.
God, that was so nerve-wracking! Five hours of anxiety and frustration and hope and elation and excitement and irritation and fear and dread and... why do I do this to myself again? Jesus GFS Christ.
At least the Gus-in-my-head is happy since I'm pretty sure he's a Penguins fan (being raised in Canada but born in Pittsburgh).
So it goes back to the glorious Pitts for a Game 6.
Also on the plus side is that being a little down usually puts me in the mood to write. So maybe I'll make some progress on a fic tomorrow later on today.