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    13

    Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7, Hoist Stanley Cup

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a thrilling Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday night.  Max Talbot scored 2 2nd period goals for the Penguins and the Penguins held on down the stretch for a dramatic 2-1 victory.  Most critics predicted a back-to-back Stanley Cup championship for the Red Wings, who had only lost 1 game at home during the 2009 post-season (way back in the 1st round against the Anaheim Ducks).  Plus, the Red Wings had beaten the Penguins easily in 3 home games thus far in the finals, outscoring the Penguins 11-2 coming into the game.

    But it was the Penguins night, as they won their first Stanley Cup championship since back-to-back title in 1991 and 1992 when current owner Mario Lemieux was the Penguins’ super star.  The Penguins even overcame the loss of Captain and superstar Sydney Crosby after he suffered a knee injury on a hard hit along the boards by Johan Franzen early in the 2nd period.  Ebgeni Malkin was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the NHL’s postseason MVP.  He scored 36 points during the playoffs – the most by any player in the league – and he assisted on Talbot’s 1st goal in the 2nd period.

    Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a phenomenal night.  The 25-year old sensation stopped 23 of 24 shots on goals including a barrage of shots on goal late in the 3rd period.  Although Jonathan Ericsson cut the lead to 1 with 6 minutes left in the game, Fleury showed some resolve by not losing focus and staying the course during the final tense stress.

    The Penguins are the 1st team to win a Game 7 on the road in a championship series in any major sports since the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series way back in 1979.  It hadn’t been done in the NHL since the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in a Game 7 in Chicago back in 1971.  The Penguins fell behind 2-0 after to road losses in 2 different series this post-season (to the Washington Capitals & the Red Wings), but still had enough poise and confidence to win both series, and ultimately the Stanley Cup.

    Kudos to Mario Lemieux and the entire Pittsburgh Penguins organization for drafting well and putting together a great solid combination of youth and veterans to attain the highest goal…

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