Tonight we live blog the game that ended so much frustration. Whether you want to pretend this is actually 1997 all over again or you just want to relive the game is up to you.
You can find the game here or you can find it on your Celebration of Champions DVD box set.
Puck drops at 8:00 EST. Then at 9:20 EST, head over to twitter to thank McCarty for being awesome. He's not following social media at this time because of the issues he's dealing with, though, so don't expect a response.
About this time 15 years ago, I was bagging groceries at Family Fare and watching the clock, wishing I had called in sick. The store was packed and everyone was buying the same thing: Beer, chips and dip. I asked every person who was buying beer if it was for the game tonight. All but one person said yes. The state of Michigan was hooked. I missed the first 2 periods because of work, but my friend and I listened to Ken Kal during our breaks, so I had score updates. When the shift ended and I drove home, Dale Earnhardt wouldn't have been able to keep up with me. I got home just in time for the third period. What a night.
Can't believe it's been 15 years...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEaJywJwBx0 shitty quality but it has almost all of the laps with the cup.
if your video ended, the cup ceremony starts at 4:55 on this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3y3vces-Us
I so wish I could have either been here or in a bar with a group of friends for a game when the Wings win the cup instead of at work or being asleep. In 98 I made a giant Stanley Cup and stayed up to watch it and when we won, my dad took me on Gratiot to the medians to party with everyone driving back up from the Joe and coming out of their houses. A drunk man poured beer into my aluminum foil cup and drank it. Best memory of my life.
I still have a Detroit Free Press newspaper diagramming that McCarty goal. It's an amazing goal. Like TDT said: Everyone knows what "The Yzerman Goal" is, everyone knows what "The Larionov Goal" is, and everyone knows what "The McCarty Goal" is.
@ChrissyKraceva that "knowledgeable fanbase" is also one of the loudest. Holy smokes, what a chant, each one, and all night.
CBC Colour Analyst (who's a majour douche) saying he'd love to see a defenseman win the Conne Smythe. "It always goes to a goalie or the player with the most points." So true. Good thing Nicky Lidstrom changed all that.
Seems like every shot on net by a Detroit player features another Detroit player fearlessly crashing the net. Weird, is that what wins championships?
Best game for sure of any Flyer goalie, ridiculously large shoulderpads or not...Hextall was strong save for the Lidstrom goal. Playing his ass of and answered that bad goal with some huge saves early in the second already.