Penguins Staal's short-handed goal gives Errey flashbacks

Kevin Gorman
| Saturday, June 6, 2009

When Bob Errey watched Jordan Staal score his short-handed goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins and NHL Network color analyst had vivid flashbacks. After all, it was the club's first short-handed goal in a Cup Final since Errey beat Chicago's Ed Belfour in Game 2 in 1992.

"I realized how big that goal was for Jordan," Errey said Friday. "I realized when I scored against the Blackhawks how huge it was for our team. Looking at Jordan's, that could be the turning point in the series.

"It goes through my mind. I never really thought about it being the last one the Penguins scored in the finals, but they were only in the finals (again) last year. It doesn't happen too often. You take it where you can."

Actually, Errey scored short-handed goals in each of the Penguins' Cup championship years. Like Staal, both came on home ice before an unbelievably loud crowd at Mellon Arena. And, like Staal, Errey's first short-handed goal also was his first tally in a Stanley Cup Final.

"It's usually pretty deflating for the other team," Errey said. "Short-handed goals are big goals, big momentum builders and can certainly turn a game around - and certainly did."

Errey recalls using an angle to outrace a Chicago defender and get to a rolling puck in the neutral zone, catching it on his backhand. He managed a low shot to the goal post, to the right side of Belfour.

The previous year, Errey also scored on a man-disadvantage in Game 2 against the Minnesota North Stars. He caught the puck on the right side of his backhand, but instead of throwing it at the net, he held on to let a defender skate by and switch to his forehand to flip a wrist shot past North Stars goaltender Jon Casey.

"I was happy with that one," he said. "It had more style on it."

Errey conceded that while his might have had a greater difficulty level, Staal's had more style points. The 6-foot-4 left-handed Staal was able to use his frame to shield Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski and go from backhand to forehand to beat goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game at 2-2 at 8:35 of the second period of an eventual 4-2 Penguins' victory that also tied the series, 2-2.

"His was a lot prettier," Errey said, "but they look the same on scoresheet."

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'I watched it right after the game, just one time. It looked pretty cool. You can't beat one of those, I guess. It's definitely something special. They all count, but it's definitely nice to have a good one.' -- Penguins center Jordan Staal, on his first Stanley Cup Final goal, a short-handed tally the tied the Game 4 score, 2-2, on Thursday at Mellon Arena

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