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Aftermath: Stanley Cup Champions

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

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After a scoreless first period, the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from Maxime Talbot. Pittsburgh played in a defensive posture in the third period, content to chip the puck out of its zone and make the safe play.

Detroit made it interesting when it buried a goal late in the third period. However, Marc-Andre Fleury shut the door the rest of the way – thanks in part to a lot of help and blocked shots from his teammates – and the team battled with their captain, Sidney Crosby, limited in his ice time because of an injury.

In the end, the Penguins held on and were victorious in the rematch with the Detroit Red Wings. Pittsburgh got its revenge from last season by hoisting the Stanley Cup on Detroit’s home ice and ended a remarkable season as world champions.
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Max Talbot scored two second-period goals, and the Penguins overcame the loss of captain Sidney Crosby and a whole lot of history to beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the third time.

The Pens pose for the traditional photo with the Stanley Cup.
(photo by Getty)
What Worked Well: Overcoming the Odds
Pittsburgh heard all along that they couldn’t win in Detroit, that they couldn’t overcome a 2-0 hole in the series, that the series was over when the Red Wings won Game 5. The Penguins never doubted themselves, fought through two closely battled games and in the end, they became the NHL champions.

What Could Have Gone Better: Nothing

The Penguins are the Stanley Cup champions. 
In the biggest game of his career, Maxime Talbot scored both of Pittsburgh’s goals to lift the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship.

HONORABLE MENTION: Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves in the game and made a phenomenal save on Nicklas Lidstrom as time expired. He answered many of his critics by making critical saves at critical times during the game.
Pittsburgh scored the all-important first goal of the game one minute into the second period. Brad Stuart had the puck in far corner of the Detroit zone. He tried to flip the puck around the boards but Evgeni Malkin got his stick on the puck, re-directing it to Maxime Talbot in the slot. Talbot buried a shot through goalie Chris Osgood’s five-hole. Pittsburgh 1, Detroit 0.

The Penguins added on to their lead with a tally halfway through the second period. Chris Kunitz made a great play to chip the puck out of Pittsburgh’s zone through two Red Wings and to Talbot. Talbot skated into Detroit’s zone on a two-on-one and ripped a shot into the top far corner for his second goal of the game. Pittsburgh 2, Detroit 0.

The Red Wings made it interesting when they buried a goal with six minutes left in the third period. Jonathan Ericsson’s shot from the far point sailed through traffic and into the top corner of the net. Pittsburgh 2, Detroit 1.
The Penguins scratched forwards Mike Zigomanis, Eric Godard and Petr Sykora and defensemen Alex Goligoski and Philippe Boucher.

Sidney Crosby took a hard check in the boards from Johan Franzen early in the second period. He slowly skated hunched over to the bench and left the for the locker room in obvious pain.

There were so many Penguins fans at Joe Louis Arena that there were competing chants of “Let’s go Red Wings” and “Let’s go Pens.” It was difficult to tell which was louder. Penguins fans may be outnumber at the Joe, but they made their presence felt.

Evgeni Malkin was named the Conn Smyth winner as playoff MVP. A trophy he can put next to his Art Ross Trophy.

After hoisting the Cup, Crosby handed it next to veteran and linemate Bill Guerin.
> Pittsburgh defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, to earn its third Stanley Cup championship.

> Pittsburgh became the first team since the 1984 Oilers to lose in the Stanley Cup Final and then win it the next season.

> The Penguins became the first team since the1971 Montreal Canadiens to win a Game 7 on the road in the Stanley Cup Final.

> Pittsburgh is the first team in the MLB, NHL or NBA team to win Game 7 on road since the Pirates defeated Baltimore in 1979.

> Head coach Dan Bylsma has a career postseason record of 16-8.

> Scoring Summary:
PIT, M.Talbot (7), 1:13 2nd period: Penguins 1, Red Wings 0
PIT, M.Talbot (8), 10:07 2nd period: Penguins 2, Red Wings 0
DET, J.Ericsson (4), 13:53 3rd period: Penguins 2, Red Wings 1

> Evgeni Malkin, the NHL’s Art Ross champion, was held scoreless but still leads the league with 36 points in the postseason (14G-22A). Malkin had 24 points (9G-15A) and eight multi-point games in his last 14 contests.

> Malkin's 36 points are the most totaled in the postseason since Wayne Gretzky posted 40 in 1993 with Los Angeles.

> Sidney Crosby left the game in the second period with an injury but returned in the third. He was held off the score sheet still finished the year with 31 postseason points (15G-16A).

> Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL to win the Stanley Cup.

> Maxime Talbot scored two goals, including the game-winner, to become the ninth player in NHL history to score two goals in a Game 7 of the Final.

> On this date, June 12, in 1990, the Penguins named Badger Bob Johnson the team’s head coach. Johnson led Pittsburgh to its first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

> Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was in attendance at Joe Louis Arena.
1. M.Talbot, PIT
2. M.Fleury, PIT
3. J.Ericcson, DET
"We're going to enjoy this one. We're going to sit back and
relish the moment. We're going to get our names on the
Cup, and we'll get our day with it."
- Dan Bylsma


Author: Sam Kasan

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