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a magical night

June 17, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
I am a hockey fan from way back. I watched my brothers play and then my own son. I got hit in the head with a puck at Wheeling Park's outdoor ice rink at one of the games and had to have stitches. That was before the protective shield was placed around the boards. That tells you how long I have watched ice hockey action. When the Pittsburgh Penguins were playing their final Stanley Cup championship on Friday night, I have to tell you I could not watch the first two periods. It was just too much. My sister and I actually took our nightly walk when the game started. Walking along Edgwood Street, there was no one around. Front doors were open and the glow of tv's was everywhere. At one point we heard a roar coming from some of the houses. We even heard horns blowing. I knew then that the Pens had scored. We then walked over Chicken Neck Hill on National Road. I couldn't stand it any longer. We had to get home to see the the last period of the game. But there in the window of Duvall's store on National Road was a big screen tv. While there was no one in the store, the tv was turned on and the Penguins were skating their hearts out on the screen. I was mesmerized with the game right there in front of me. There was not a car on the road, no noise. When I saw the score was 2-0 Penguins, we practically jogged our last few blocks to our cars. I got home in time to see the final period and the heart-stopping ending. It was an amazing boost for the Ohio Valley to have another area team win a championship. And to think how young the Pens are, we could easily see a repeat in years to come. Let's go, Pens!


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