Pittsburgh Penguins wins the Stanley Cup
Max Talbot scored two second-period goals, and the Penguins overcame the loss of captain Sidney Crosby(notes) to beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 and win the Cup on Friday night.
Instead of the Red Wings becoming the NHL’s first repeat champion since winning titles in 1997 and 1998, this turned into a Penguins party. The last time Pittsburgh was crowned champion, in 1991 and ’92, it was captained by owner Mario Lemieux.
The game heroes
Max Talbot scored twice, and Penguin's goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves, with a clutch diving save in the last second, making this win possible.
Fleury was stellar in making 23 saves and erasing the memories of a 5-0 loss in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena that put the Penguins on the brink of elimination. Pittsburgh returned home and gutted out a 2-1 win, behind Fleury’s 25 saves in Game 6, and forced the winner-take-all matchup.
Sidney Crosby became the youngest captain to win the chapion, but he only played one shift after leaving the ice in the second period.
Crosby, four years after being the No. 1 selection in the draft, became the youngest captain of a champion at 21. He played just one shift after leaving the ice during the second period after taking a hard hit along the boards from Johan Franzen that left him unable to walk due to a knee injury.
Last time Penguins wont he championship when Mario Lemieux was the Captain, and now again they won under his ownership.
The last time Pittsburgh was crowned champion, in 1991 and ’92, it was captained by owner Mario Lemieux.
Lemieux, the No. 1 pick in the 1984 draft by Pittsburgh, celebrated on the ice with Crosby—the phenom who has been living in Lemieux’s house since joining the team.
Last year Detroit won on Pittsburgh's ice, and this time Pittsburgh's won in Detroit's ice.
They turned the tables on the Red Wings and captured the Cup on enemy ice, just as Detroit did in Pittsburgh last year.
so much for Detroit Red Wings's dynasty..
o much for the Detroit dynasty. Not only were the Red Wings shooting for their second straight title, but their fifth in 12 seasons and 12th overall.
The Red Wings were the overwhelming favorite coming in with four players on the verge of their fifth Stanley Cup rings. Detroit had been 11-1 at home in the playoffs.