Flying catfish and whizzing pucks: Your non-football Stanley Cup Final Game Two preview

Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final happens tonight in Pittsburgh. I’ll be there. I won’t have a catfish anywhere on my person.

It remains to be seen whether anyone else gets in to PPG Paints Arena with a concealed catfish.

Though it’s hard for a Penguins fan to applaud what has become a Predators thing, the process of jamming a masticated catfish into a pair of compression shorts and then carefully planning the effort to get close enough to the boards to whip it out and throw it onto the ice merits a certain amount of approval. That said, I’ll be keeping my eyes (and nostrils) open for any whiskered gill creatures that may be destined for a swim atop a frozen pond in the hopes of foiling the plan before it can be executed.

Or maybe I’ll just sit back, enjoy the show, and provide the perpetrator with the slow clap of respect as he or she is led from the arena, carrying the distinctive stench of success.

Meanwhile, here’s a preview of Game 2 with NBC’s Pierre McGuire, whose position near the ice puts him at risk of whizzing pucks and flying catfish. The Penguins lead 1-0, and the series shifts to Nashville on Saturday, where it would be unwise (but maybe good for the Penguins) if a Predators fan were to hurl a catfish wrapped in a Terrible Towel.

16 responses to “Flying catfish and whizzing pucks: Your non-football Stanley Cup Final Game Two preview

  1. I love these traditions. The octopus one is also great. But then again my favorite Muppet was also the guy who threw fish at everybody.

  2. Bit of a ripoff from the Redwings octopus thing, but you gotta give the Penguins their props. Right now they are the best franchise in the NHL, with the possible exception of the Blackhawks.

  3. ihavenoeyedeer, actually it did seem to help rally the team and the Pens hardly had a shot on goal for most of the rest of the game, with a great comeback until 3 mins were left.

  4. tedmurph says:
    May 31, 2017 1:21 PM
    Bit of a ripoff from the Redwings octopus thing, but you gotta give the Penguins their props.

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    That’s kind of the point. A lot of early Preds fans were transplants from Detroit that were working at the GM plants. The catfish tradition grew out of that as a response and callback to the Redwing’s tradition.

  5. Well Flash, hockey is growing very well as a sport and nearly all of their rule changes make sense while making the game better. Meanwhile, the NFL has started on it’s decline and I don’t see that trend changing. Enjoy your 10 seconds of action followed by a 30 second break, followed by a 2 min commercial, followed by 10 more seconds of action, followed by another commercial break. Rinse and repeat.

  6. It’s a good thing Sullivan had the sense to move on from Fleury starting last season.

    No such luck with Trip Tomlin moving on from Small Ben in Big Games.

  7. The Phantom Stranger says:
    May 31, 2017 1:44 PM
    And if you’ve every whizzed a puck, you know how painful that can be

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    Ha! That sounds even more painful than my recent kidney stone and I’m not gonna lie, it was extremely unpleasant!

  8. catfish guy has no brains, I rad all he went thru to get the catfish in, when all he had to to was keep in the butcher paper, out it down our pants, when you are inside, buy an extra Coke, go to the bathroom and dump the Coke out, put this fish in the cup. I did this multiple times with the Octopus at Redwings games when they play in Anaheim.

  9. kcnative says:
    May 31, 2017 1:32 PM
    ihavenoeyedeer, actually it did seem to help rally the team and the Pens hardly had a shot on goal for most of the rest of the game, with a great comeback until 3 mins were left.

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    So they’re in the Stanley Cup finals and they need a dead fish on the ice to rally the team?

  10. Purple People Eaters says:
    May 31, 2017 2:23 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    May 31, 2017 1:44 PM
    And if you’ve every whizzed a puck, you know how painful that can be

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    Ha! That sounds even more painful than my recent kidney stone and I’m not gonna lie, it was extremely unpleasant!
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    Been there, four times. Worst pain in the world, and morphine had no effect. If your pain doesn’t cause projectile vomiting, you don’t know what pain is.

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