Kovacevic: Anyone left who can skate with this team?


To continue reading, log into your account:

[theme-my-login show_title=0]
Phil Kessel celebrates his third-period goal Wednesday. -- DKPS

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yeah, yeah, I know, there are a half-dozen hard miles still ahead.

But if these Penguins do, indeed, proceed to raise Lord Stanley's Cup for the fourth time in franchise history, I can already promise with reasonable conviction that no single moment in these playoffs will stand out for me as more powerfully symbolic than this:

 photo kesselhedman_zpsyajeshzo.gif

It's got it all, doesn't it?

"Just a great play by everyone involved," Matt Cullen would say later. "And huge for us."

Yeah, it's got that.

It's also got the dogged defense, with Phil Kessel backchecking -- three words once considered grammatically incorrect in that sequence -- even though he was on a long shift.

It's got the attack approach, even though play begins 150 feet from the target, even though the obstacles were one of the planet's premier defenseman and a white-hot goaltender.

To continue reading, log into your account: