Detroit Red Wings Dan Cleary is stopped by Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during third period of game six Stanley Cup Final hockey action in Pittsburgh Tuesday. Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press
The Stanley Cup was in the building, but the Pittsburgh Penguins made sure it was put back in its case.
It won't be handed out until Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, when the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings will play a Game 7 to determine this season's NHL champion.
The storyline couldn't really get much better. It's either going to be a fifth championship in 13 years for the amazing Red Wings or a win that puts the resilient Penguins in the record book.
They've got a chance to become just the second team ever to bounce back after losing the first two games of a Stanley Cup final on the road. Even though Pittsburgh has appeared to be down and out more than once during this playoff run, it still finds itself one game away from glory.
"It's an unbelievable opportunity," captain Sidney Crosby said after Tuesday's tight 2-1 victory. "We found a way to survive, that's what we had to do tonight. And now it's anyone's game."
He was held off the scoresheet for the fourth time in the series but was picked up by the energy line, which played solid all night and produced goals from Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy. Marc-Andre Fleury also delivered a clutch bounce-back performance by stopping 25 shots just three nights after getting pulled in Game 5.
For more, see Wednesday's Times-Herald