Saturday, June 13, 2009


DETROIT - JUNE 12 - Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 12, 2009 [Jim McIsaac/Getty Images]What can you say? The Penguins did it, and in dramatic fashion: they forced a Game 7 and won it on the road (first team since the 1971 Canadiens to do that) to claim the Cup. The final was a hard fought, close match-up, with no little controversy or nonsense, and the clinching game was a one goal thriller. That's all you can ask for as a hockey fan.

As for Sidney Crosby, I am genuinely happy for him, and you can count me as one of the hockey fans who will always root for him. He showed great leadership in this postseason, and let's not forget, he's only 21. Good lord. What the hell was I doing in my 21st summer? Taking a crappy ecology course at Rutgers so I could graduate college on time, and hoisting a lot of pints of Guinness. Meanwhile, this Kid is hoisting the ultimate hardware above his head.

In the end, this team didn't even need him (due to an injury in the 2nd, he only skated one shift in the 3rd), as the defense was rock solid, Mad Max Talbot scored two opportunistic goals and Flower didn't wilt under the pressure, even tallying a nice save against Lidstrom in the final second.

Evgeni Malkin earned the Conn Smythe by doing everything you could ask for in the playoffs (14 G, 22 A, 36 points in 24 games). Wait a second, who is his little Russian friend there with the polka-dotted bra? And honestly, who wears a Winnipeg Jets sweater to a Detroit game?

DETROIT - JUNE 12 - Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup June 12 2009 in Detroit [Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]

But hockey is, and always will be, a true team sport. In the end, this Penguins squad overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to win it all without Sid or Geno scoring a goal in the last 3 games. That says a lot right there.

Oh, one other thing: SUCK IT MARIANNE!

DETROIT - JUNE 12 - Marian Hossa #81 of the Detroit Red Wings skates away as Evgeni Malkin #71, Ruslan Fedotenko #26 and Maxime Talbot #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate Talbot's goal [Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]

The look on his face as the Penguins celebrate a goal is priceless. You can almost hear him saying, like GOB on Arrested Development, "I've made a huge mistake." Obviously, the Stanley Cup favorite next year is whomever he's playing against.

Additionally, not even NBCFUCKINGSPORTS could foul this up, and even let a few f-bombs drop onto their live broadcast during the celebration (yeah, I think they should know by now to keep the boom mikes at a safe distance). Honorable mention goes to my DVR, which allowed me to completely breeze by their intermission shows.

And in spite of the fact that the NHL runs the sport, we saw some great hockey this year. In closing, you have to love this Pens fan's sign: "HOSSA, THE ONLY CUP YOU'LL TOUCH IS ZETTERBERG'S".

DETROIT - JUNE 12 - Backup goaltender Mathieu Garon #32 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with fans after winning 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 [Harry How Getty Images]


1 comment:

Kris said...

Little late, maybe, to the party...but what a great series. I kind of jumped on the Pens bandwagon for the Conference and Cup finals - I never really liked Sidsburgh, but them and Sidney stepped up. I was actually tense in the final minutes of game 7...I still don't want MAF on my fanatsy team next year, but I'm just killing TV-time until October.
The DVR and ESPNica was the best fucking thing I ever did.