Sidney Crosby's Overtime Winner Defied Physics and Might Have Saved the Penguins' Season
How would the Penguins respond?
After losing Game 1 at home to the Lightning last Friday, the Penguins were in a must-win situation on Monday night. After all, just 14% of teams that go down 2-0 in a series actually end up winning the series. Those aren't great odds.
Because Pittsburgh needed the victory, all eyes were on captain Sidney Crosby. Naturally, one of the game's best players -- if not the best player -- came through with a big overtime goal. One that, honestly, didn't make any sense physically.
Sid's shot looks like it bends space and time. I could watch this all day. And I might. pic.twitter.com/VgLGDETdqk
â€” Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) May 17, 2016
The goal tied the series up at one game apiece as the teams travel to Tampa for Game 3 on Wednesday.
With the win, the Penguins catapulted themselves back to having the second-best odds to win the Stanley Cup, currently sitting at 27.08% -- that's a big jump from the 19% odds they had entering their Game 2 contest. The Blues, for those interested, are ahead of Pittsburgh at 33.42% thanks to their 1-0 series lead over the Sharks.
Had Crosby not defied physics -- or had the camera angle not made it look that way -- in overtime, it would've been an uphill battle for Pittsburgh the rest of the way. Instead, they're favorites to take the series.