5:34 p.m. — That is all she wrote. Feel great for the maligned Rick Comley, returning to the final. Feel bad for the maligned Tim Whitehead, who falls short again.
5:30 p.m. – Michigan State’s gonna hold onto this thing. Bishop leaves the net with 1:25 left, faceoff coming up in MSU zone – timeout Maine. Hail Mary attempt.
5:23 p.m. — Only problem with press meal: serving pork on Passover … lowers grade to B-minus. (hasn’t stopped me from eating it)
5:16 p.m. — Attendance of 18,857 is second in FF history to St. Paul in 2002.
5:13 p.m. — Dang, MSU is interrupting the media meal (good one, too – redeems the lousy lunch) … Another goal. Where did this come from? Great first save by Bishop but he left the rebound. Not much he could do.
5:02 p.m. — Maine just botched the heck out of that clear. Good strength down low by MSU. Sparty looked dead early, now they have a first lead. 3-2.
5:00 p.m. – Purcell hits the crossbar, made pile up during Maine PP.
4:58 p.m. — Seats are decently filled up, despite some fears they wouldn’t be. Good passion on both sides. Biggest cheer of the night was still for the introduction of native son Ben Bishop from the locals in attendance.
4:51 p.m. — Second period about to get started. Tied 2-2. So far, things have been solid but unspectacular in St. Louis. But it’s a great venue, with a VIP function literally under the Gateway Arch last night. Downtown scene was a little dead, but it should pick up. Good people, good atmosphere. Typical Frozen Four. OK, back to the game.