NHL Network panelist Kevin Weekes said that before Saturday night’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he “saw a North Dakota Fighting Sioux No. 11 Zach Parise jersey in the crowd before the game.”
Parise made that fan and the rest of the Prudential Center happy by scoring a goal and playing a big role in New Jersey’s 2-1 win, which now sends the series back to Los Angeles for a Game 6. The Kings lead the series 3-2.
The Sioux players were in on all three goals — Parise scored the first goal of the game, Travis Zajac assisted on the game-winning goal and Matt Greene assisted on the Kings’ only goal of the game.
Greene also had a huge hit in the first period on Patrik Elias, prompting NBC analyst Pierre McGuire to say: “I saw Matt Greene throw his weight around at North Dakota. He hits like a linebacker.”
Game 6 will be at 7 p.m. Monday night in the Staples Center.