Robin Speer and I bit the bullet and decided to fork over some serious coin to see
our Penguins play the Wings in the Cup Final game 4.


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Robin and I drove down from Toronto after what almost wrecked the weekend (thanks Air Canada), but we arrived
in time for the game. Gotta love Porter Air. This is Robin outside our hotel with the (actually pretty cool)
convention centre behind him.


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These were very different fans than I had experienced in Philly for sure. I love the vintage blue jerseys.


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Robin and the hosts of TSN's Sportcentre. You can see Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire over Robin's shoulder.
They were broadcasting their pre-game bit live outside the rink.


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A slightly better shot of the talking heads.


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Yours truly outside the Mellon.


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Iceburgh and I are good buddies now.


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I tried to get a shot of the Stanley Cup Finals logo on the ice just before warm-ups.


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A decent view of our seats and the back wall of the rink. Note though that there really aren't bad seats at the
Mellon since the lower bowl is all one level.


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Robin and I a good bit before game time. We were so stoked to be there, we just wandered around and enjoyed
every bit of it. Okay, maybe I didn't enjoy the over-zealous security people booting me out of the "Igloo" section
during warm-ups.


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We still watched warmups, but from a little higher than I had in Philly.


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Fleury, skating around during warmups.


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Gary Roberts taking a shot and Sid manning the net. One of my favourite lines of the weekend came from
the very enthusiastic fans behind us who would yell, "Gary Roberts ate your baby!" every time he'd touch
the puck. He's definitely a tough guy.


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The Pens organization gave us T-shirts and towels to ensure a "White-Out" happened in the crowd.


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A few of the Wings warming up too.


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The kids sitting next to us were definitely big fans too. This guy's sister took the towels and made herself
a dress for the game. Did I mention that one of the coolest things about our seats were the people around us?
This section is definitely where the real fans sit. They all knew each other, everyone had a good time, and they
were LOUD!

Video of the rink before the game: VIDEO


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Great signs across the rink.


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This guy made me laugh. I don't even think he's an actual mascot. I think he just showed up like this.
A lot of the kids were a little creeped out by him just as these kids were. "C'mon son, take a picture with the Penguin!"
"Uggghhhhh, mom, I'm creeped out..."


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Geno, taking a faceoff.


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The final score was 2-1 for the Wings. The Pens would win game 5 in Detroit in triple overtime to force a
game 6 in Pittsburgh, but the Wings would eventually take the Cup. Not bad though for a crew of young kids
who when Crosby got hurt everyone said were done. The picture here is of Hossa as the 2nd star for his
great first goal of the game. The rink was louder than anywhere else on the planet when Hossa scored the first
of the game. The whole trip was worth that one moment of being there, in Penguins Nation, just loving being a part of it.


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Robin and I wandered around after the game and found a radio announcer next door at the Marriott
doing his post-game analysis. 1250 ESPN radio gets the Robin Speer stamp of approval.


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We went looking for a beer after the game, which was harder than I ever would have thought. I give
Pittsburgh a giant zero for downtown night life. We wound up at "the Strip district", which I think had
more cops than patrons and most of the bars were half-full, empty, or boarded up. A weird place indeed.
We did find this cool bakery, which is clearly owned by a Penguins supporter.


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This guy flew all the way in from Vancouver by himself for the game. A true Penguins fan, we invited him
to join us on our quest to find a beer. We did wind up succeeding eventually, although Red Stripe is debatedly beer.

Robin's pictures


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I also got a sweet shot of Robin with Iceburgh.


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You can see how high we were in the stands here.


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Me with a Jordan Staal action figure.


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I may have gotten excited a little at this game. It was unreal to be there live.


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Robin Speer and Paul Perrault, Game 4, Stanley Cup Finals 2008 - May 31, 2008.


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Robin and the two Championship banners above Mellon.


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Robin and the Penguins bread.


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Pittsburgh residents are first and foremost Steelers fans. This is one of the things we found in our wanderings
around Pittsburgh trying to find a drink.

I'd like to thank Jack who allowed me to purchase his tickets from him for this game.
This was the best game I've ever had the privilege of seeing and I'm glad I came down from Calgary for it.
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