Pens Stay Alive in Triple OT Win

Detroit misses chance to win Stanley Cup at home
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 12:13 AM CDT
Penguins Sidney Crosby and Hal Gill wait for teammates after the Penguins defeated the Red Wings 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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(Newser) – The Detroit Red Wings' road to the Stanley Cup has another stop to make. Against all odds, the Pittsburgh Penguins stayed alive in the Stanley Cup finals with a 4-3 victory in Game 5 that ended on Petr Sykora's goal 9:57 into the third overtime last night.

With Jiri Hudler serving a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking, Sykora wound up in the right circle and ripped a drive past Chris Osgood to end the 4 1/2-hour marathon. The series heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 tomorrow night. "We just wanted to win this game," Sykora said. "We didn't really look ahead. Now we're going back home. We've got nothing to lose."