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Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup Champions

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This was one of the best Stanley Cup Finals I’ve seen in a while. Throughout all 7 games, it was a see-saw battle that swung my emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. What better way to cap off such a dramatic series than with a winner-takes-all game seven. As far as game 7’s go, this one had pretty much everything a hockey fan could hope for. And if you’re a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, it had everything you can hope for… and more.

After all was said and done, Sidney Crosby became the youngest Captain in NHL history to raise the Stanley Cup. He lead the Penguins to their 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history at the age of 21 years, 10 months, and 5 days. Despite tweaking his left knee in the 2nd period and sitting on the bench for most the the remainder of the game, he still came out and accepted the Stanley Cup for his team.

While the majority of the focus seemed to be on “Sidney’s first Cup”, there were lots of other notable players who also raised the Stanley Cup for the first time.
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Conn Smythe winner, Evgeni Malkin contributed a lot to his team’s championship run, as did goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. This season’s Cup-winning team also featured 20-year old Jordan Staal, who joins his brother Eric in the Stanley Cup champions club. Sergei Gonchar raised the cup for the first time, after 14 seasons in the NHL, as did Phillippe Boucher in his 17th NHL season.

Maxim Talbot became the unlikely hero of game 7, scoring 2 goals to pave the way to the Pittsburgh Penguins victory. His first goal was set up by Evgeni Malkin after Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart gave the puck away in his own end. The game was so tight at that point that many believed that this may be the only goal of the game. Talbot’s second goal – the Stanley Cup winner – put the Penguins ahead 2-0 midway through the 2nd period and they never looked back.

While the Red Wings pressed, especially late in the game, they could not beat Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Fleury aka “Flower” stopped barrage after barrage of shots from the Red Wings and kept his team out front. He had some help from the crossbar in the 3rd period, but played like he was determined to win for the entire game. He was a wall that the Wings could not penetrate, except for one point shot from Jonathan Ericsson with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game. Fleury’s most dramatic stop came with 1 second remaining in the 3rd period, when he dove across the net to stop Niklas Lidstrom from tying the game.

Flames vs. Penguins Pre Game

Posted 25 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Pittsburg Penguins, Pre-game

The Calgary Flames have another big game tonight as they travel to Pittsburgh to face a red-hot Penguins team that is also fighting for positioning in the post season.

The Penguins are looking to rebound after their first regulation loss in 12 games, while the Flames look to keep their winning ways going following a 5-3 win vs. Detroit on Monday.

The Flames will need to play tight defensively to stop 2 of the NHL’s top scorers. Evgeni Malkin (105 pts) and Sidney Crosby (95 pts) currently lead the league in points and they have been on an offensive tear lately.

While they are from opposite divisions, and rarely face each other, there are a couple Pens players who are familiar with the Flames Style of hockey.

Ex-Calgary tough guy Eric Godard moved to Pittsburgh last season when his services were no longer deemed necessary on the Flames. “When I was there, the identity they wanted to have was of a hitting team that worked hard and played physical every night,”Godard said, “With them it is just pretty much working hard to make sure you’re not giving the other team anything.”

Regina native, Chris Kunitz, who played several seasons with the Anaheim Ducks before being traded to Pittsburg before the trade deadline faced the Flames many times and had this to say: “They’re definitely an aggressive team that comes after you. I always remember them … just pounding and pounding and pounding.”

Ex-Chicago Blackhawk, (and current Penguin) Craig Adams also had a comment on the Flames team. “They play physical, but they can skate so everything with them comes at you fast,” he said. “We’ve got guys who can play a physical game and come at you fast, so this should be a good test to see how we match up.”

Indeed this will be a great test for both teams as they head towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flames and Pens are statistically very similar, with 90 and 86 points, respectively. Calgary averages 3.26 goals-per-game, compared to Pittsburg’s 3.07, but the Penguins have the edge in goals-against (2.92 to 3.04).

So look for a tight checking, physical battle with plenty of offensive chances from both teams. I’m predicting that the Flames will out-score and out-hit the Penguins (watch out for a big hit from Sarich!) and that there will be an Andre Roy – Eric Godard fight. Of course it will be initiated by the Penguins tough guy, and unfortunately for Roy, Godard is an animal, so he’ll have to come out swinging and be ready for some punishment!!