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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, June 3
No game scheduled. The Stanley Cup finals resume Wednesday with Game 6 in Pittsburgh.

STARS
Monday
-Petr Sykora, Penguins, scored at 9:57 of the third overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory and cut Detroit's lead to 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals.

SAVES
Marc-Andre Fleury made 55 saves, helping Pittsburgh take a 4-3, three-overtime victory over Detroit on Monday night. The Penguins return home for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night down 3-2.

OVERTIMES
Pittsburgh outlasted Detroit 4-3 in three overtimes of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night, the first to go to extra periods since Dallas' four-overtime victory that clinched the second-round series against San Jose on May 4. It was the fifth-longest finals game in NHL history. Road teams have won 10 of the past 12 overtime games in the finals and are 15-4 since 1990.

GOOD TIMING
Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed the first two overtime periods after crashing headfirst into the end boards in the second period, took to the ice to help Pittsburgh's struggling power play in the third overtime, assisting on Petr Sykora's game-winner in Monday night's 4-3 victory over Detroit. The Red Wings lead the Stanley Cup finals 3-2.

BAD TIMING
Detroit's Chris Osgood gave up four goals for the first time this postseason as Petr Sykora scored at 9:57 of the third overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory and a return trip home for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night. Osgood had given up three goals in four games this postseason, including a loss against the Penguins in Game 3.

RATINGS
The Penguins' victory over the Red Wings on NBC drew the best overnight rating for a Game 3 of the Cup finals in six years. Pittsburgh's 3-2 win on Wednesday night earned a 2.8 national rating and an 18.2 rating in Detroit, beating out the 15.9 rating for the Pistons' matchup with the Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. The combination of Games 1, 2 and 3 have made this the highest-rated and most-watched opening games of the Cup finals since Detroit faced Carolina in 2002.

SPEAKING
``You were that close, and then, 'Oh, tough. I think it's natural to feel bad for us for a bit, and feel bad for yourself. But it's the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's not supposed to be easy.'' - Detroit coach Mike Babcock after his team surrendered the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and lost in three overtimes to Pittsburgh, 4-3 Monday night. The Red Wings lead the Stanley Cup finals 3-2.
 

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