As I've said many times in the past - if my beloved hometown Blackhawks can't be there to win it, there is definitely no other team I'd rather see win the Cup than Adam's hometown Penguins.
|I'm hoping to see my favorite Penguins player, Olli Maatta, lifting the Cup tonight.|
Go get 'em, Olli!!!
As I shared previously here, Adam and I were in the DC area over Memorial Day weekend. We were originally scheduled to fly back to Chicago that Monday night. Adam and I talked about the idea of taking a side trip to Pittsburgh for Monday's game, but he thought it would be crazy. I convinced him that we should both still pack our jerseys... just in case.
What were the considerations? The last time the Penguins played in the Stanley Cup Finals was 7 years ago. Each of the last three times the Blackhawks were in the Finals, I wasn't able to get tickets unless I was willing to take on a second mortgage. It was only a 4-hour drive from DC to Pittsburgh, we had family in Pittsburgh to stay with, and it was a holiday weekend. You only live once.
To me, this was a total no-brainer. To sum it up:
Whew!!! Deep breath!!!
[Now shifting into picture recap mode.]
Upon arrival in Pittsburgh, we took the scenic route:
|Skyline view from Mount Washington|
Afterwards, we met up with Chris and our other friend, Brad. We had pre-game dinner at Diamond Market Grill in Market Square. Check out these gargantuan onion rings we got for the table. At first glance I thought they were doughnuts.
|Chris with the platter of mutant onion rings|
Here's a picture of the four of us right before we entered the stadium. Check out our assortment of jerseys:
|From L to R: Adam, me, Brad, and Chris|
In-game seats:here. In short, he was the hero in the Penguins' Cup-clinching Game 7 victory against Detroit in 2009. Max received a very nice video tribute and standing ovation:
All fans had been given gold t-shirts to wear, plus gold towels to wave. It was a sea of gold everywhere the eye could see:
Check out this insane Punjabi radio broadcast call of Bonino's goal (I'm not kidding about the Punjabi):
"Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Boninooooooo!"
The ecstasy was shortlived. Less than 30 seconds on the game clock later, the Penguins got called for a penalty. The Sharks pulled their goaltender while the Penguins were shorthanded. This ensued into one of the most nervewracking 6-on-4 penalty kills I've ever seen. For Game of Thrones fans, a man behind us was screaming, "HOLD THE DOOR! HOLD THE DOOR!" It was complete mayhem. In the end...
Penguins win! Penguins win!
|The Gulf Tower with the Penguins logo projected onto it.|
The red lights mimic the Penguins' goal light; the lights are illuminated when the Penguins score.
Many thanks to Chris for working his magic to find those game tickets!!! May 30th was Adam's and my 6th anniversary, and what a way to celebrate. =)
Here is hoping there will be even more bedlam in the city of Pittsburgh tonight!