Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.
A CUP FOR A NEW GENERATION
June 12, 2009
The text message came from owner Mario Lemieux to each player the morning of the game.
“This is the chance of a lifetime to realize your childhood dream to win a Stanley Cup. Play without fear and you will be successful!! See you at center ice.”
And so the Pittsburgh Penguins headed into Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final at Detroit with an inspiring directive – and, if possible, some added motivation.
“No question, getting that from Mario, it meant something special to us,” Marc-Andre Fleury said.
It did. And so they went out and won a Cup for a new generation of Penguins, and Penguins fans, as Max Talbot scored two goals and Fleury stopped 23 shots – including a bullet from Nicklas Lidstrom in the final seconds, a classic save for the ages.
Around Joe Louis Arena, an astonishing number of Penguins fans who’d found their way into an enemy rink to chant “Let’s Go Pens” throughout the game – “we felt the love,” Talbot said – let loose with a final, raucous cheer.
Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs, Sidney Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to a Cup, and in the end they fulfilled their destiny. They saw their owner at center ice.
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center:
The photo taken on the ice following Game 7 of Mario Lemieux handing the Stanley Cup to Sidney Crosby
that is prominently featured on the display (Credit: Getty Images)
The entire display (left); a BlackBerry displaying the text message received by every member of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the morning of Game 7 (right)
The display description
The game puck