That cloud of smoke that the Penguins skated through before last night's game didn't come from one of those commercial fog machines...it came from the Penguins' insane collection of fans, both inside and outside the igloo, literally willing their team to get back into the playoffs by releasing their inner genie.
Everybody who gathered at Mellon Arena last night knew the grim reality facing the Pens: They either won game three and still had a small shot at winning the Stanley Cup or lost and had a million to one long shot against winning four straight against the Detroit machine.
ABOVE: This is the stereotypical genie Aladdin. A good genie... certainly colorful enough, but I personally prefer Barbara Eden's version.
Playing their third game in four nights, both teams came out with a ton of energy in the first period hoping to gain some separation. While Max Talbot opened the scoring for a relieved crowd, to their dismay, Detroit stormed back with two of their own taking another lead. But on this night and in front of this frenzied crowd the Pens would not be denied as they tied the score late in the first on a shot by defenseman Kris Letang. Letang had been rumored to be a healthy scratch before the game.
ABOVE: What the heck, since this is a dream sequence we're talking about, we might as well ought to use that excuse to show another photo of the beautiful Barbara Eden, still looking so good 35 years later!