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Jake Guentzel’s Late Third Period Goal Lifts Pens In NHL Final Opener

May 30, 2017

Last night’s Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL final series opening win vs the Nashville Predators might not have happened if P.K. Subban’s opening goal would have counted, as it should have.

The Penguins are a near great team and likely I will anoint them as great, as I believe they will win the title, as stated last week here.

However, the good but not great, and certainly NOT all time great announcer, Mike Emrick’s “Pittsburgh thing” and comments are getting to me.

He “slipped” in talking of the series going 7, 6 or 5, never saying four. The man who to his credit, hauled his briefcase to early N.J. Devils’ games in his “hustle” for work, would be happy for “his” Pens but not his NBC with a sweep.

Next he joked about Kunitz’ goal in #7 semis and apologized for an obscenity that got through from the “miked” Nashville dressing room.

We try to avoid those things said Emrick. Really, then do not chance the locker room “rah, rah” segment.

Gee was Mike Sullivan ever insightful in saying the Pens got a lift from the Subban goal being nullified. “No bleep, Sherlock.”

I am not quite ready to roll out the Pittsburgh final round mark, nor give them the title, as first off after a tough loss, maybe “Nash” gets the “wood” and it counts in #2, with almost surely an NBC “fix”/Nash crowd, gets the Preds #3, if they are down (2-0).

Maybe it is even (2-1) Nash, but more likely, not, and I say “Pitts” in 6 or less, knowing Emrick/NBC would love Pitts in 7. They got it the last two rounds and what Emrick/NBC/Bettman want, unfortunately as in life, as powers, they get.

I actually started this (3-0) Pitts, went to sleep (3-1) and was not surprised the “computer” voice (oh do I miss my pager!) said Pitts first.

However, my disgust increased greatly knowing I missed a game in which for the second straight Memorial Day Final opener, a team in its first final (last year San Jose down (2-0) tied it only to lose when Nick Bonino scored late in the third period) overcame a multiple goal deficit only to lose at Pitts (the Pens are (11-4) in home finals tilts) on a late third period goal, this as shown in the title by rookie Jake Guentzel, his 10th in these ‘offs.

Bonino had 2 goals, one completely lucky and an empty net goal, while Con Sheary, (he won #2 Final last year in OT), and the great Evgeni Malkin also had Pittsburgh goals.

The team winning game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is (35-13) in the 48 previous post expansion title round series.

 

On what would have been President Kennedy’s (Jack) 100th birthday, it was JAKE Guentzel, pictured above, who had THE goal as the Penguins “opened” the Predators.

Perhaps Marilyn with Jackie in attendance and all things worked out sang happy birthday with Jake’s exploits on earth noted.

Still not happy with this tilt in which, incredibly the Penguins went 37 mins sans a shot on goal. They are near great, perhaps great, but teams like the glory days Canadiens, Islanders and Oilers would have “toyed” with them, certainly minimum, in my not so humble opinion, were discernibly better.

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