If  the Pittsburgh Penguins had played  any significant portion of last night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals the way they played the final 90 seconds or so, there would be a Game 7 in Detroit Saturday night. But it was the Red Wings who skated like they were facing elimination rather than the Penguins and Detroit held on at the end for a 3-2 win and the 11th Stanley Cup in team history including four in the last 11 years.

With the clock under two minutes and Detroit ahead by two goals, Pittsburgh appeared to have no chance when the Penguins' Marian Hossa scored on a power play with 1:27 remaining. Then with the grains of sand running out on the Penguins, superstar Sidney Crosby sent a backhander from the left headed for the far side of the net that Detroit goalie Chris Osgood got a piece of and it went wide. Hossa's follow slid across the goal mouth but it was nano-second after time had expired anyway.

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For a few moments, Detroit must have been having flashbacks to Game 5 when Pittsburgh tied the game with about a half-minute left and won it in triple overtime to force last night's game. In truth, Detroit was the better team last night beating the Penguins to the puck consistently, stifling Pittsburgh's offense and creating its own scoring opportunities off its defense.

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