For the first time in 38 years … now that’s a long time … Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals was won by the ROAD team.
Kudos to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Champions, who were 6 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot, on Feb 16, with 25 games left in the regular season, when they dismissed their head coach [Michel Therrien], hired rookie Dan Bylsma, and turned their fortunes around.
The Hockey Gods smiled on the Pens last night … which is exactly what it takes to get the job done in adverse conditions against a championship-calibre opponent.
Penguins march to glory
The kids are all right. In fact, the kids on the Pittsburgh Penguins are more than all right, they’re Stanley Cup champions.
Superstar Sidney Crosby, limping on his left leg after a second-period hit and playing just one shift in the third, became the youngest captain in NHL history to hoist the Stanley Cup when the Penguins shocked the Joe Louis Arena crowd with a 2-1 win last night over the Detroit Red Wings.
At just 21, he’s two years younger than Wayne Gretzky when the Great One first lifted the Cup.
“It was a lot heavier than I thought, but it was worth it,” said Crosby, who played only 32 seconds in the third because of his injury and watched the rest from the bench. “It’s a dream come true.
“It’s everything you imagine and more. It’s all the sacrifices you’ve made, and your parents. It’s what all your coaches have done for you.
“All these people I wanted, I wanted to do it for. And the guys sitting next to you.”