NASHVILLE, Tenn. — "Please no overtime, please no overtime." It was a chant that started in my head and probably spewed from my mouth a time or two until Patric Hornqvist punished his former team with a Stanley Cup-winning goal. 18:25 of the third period, and oh so close to overtime.
You see, all of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Penguins' repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. Josh Yohe and Dejan Kovacevic repeated as journalists as well, but this was my first final rodeo, and I was nervous. Nervous especially of overtime. Nervous of getting to ice level to get the only stuff people would care about following a Penguins' win. If the game went to extra frames, I would be forced to stay at my position for the final goal and run the risk of missing the start of trophy presentations.