Posted by: mrpeatie | June 4, 2009

One Epic Road Trip

stingrayssmallThe Stanley Cup Finals are well underway between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburg Penguins. Game 4 is tonight in Pittsburgh, then the teams will make the short 286 mile drive back to Detroit for Game 5. The short road trip between cities is very welcome at this stage of such a grueling playoff run.

In the ECHL finals, the Charleston Stingrays had a chance to win the Kelly Cup at home with a victory on Saturday night. A raucous crowd and a spirited effort wasn’t enough as the Rays fell 3-2 in overtime. I was there Saturday night, two rows from the ice, and you could see in the players’ faces and their reactions just how devastating a loss it was. To come so close to something you’ve wanted and worked for throughout your entire career only to have it taken away, in literally a second, was brutal to watch. It also sucked because it meant the team would have to make one of the longest road trips in sports for game 6 — a 4,517 mile trek, spanning the entire continent, all the way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Josh Heller does a great job blogging about the epic road trip.  A map of their connecting flights is below. You can actually watch the game live tonight at Centre Point Bar and Grill in North Charleston. Game time is 11:15 p.m. Hopefully the Stingrays can overcome all this adversity and capture the franchises’ third Kelly Cup Championship.

Update :: Stingrays lost 3-2 in game 6. Game 7 is tonight (June 5) for all the marbles

Update 6/7/09 :: The Stingrays won game 7 by a score of 4-2 to capture the franchises third Kelly Cup.

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