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Penguins Win Cup

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 13, 2009 by flyersfan44

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in game 7 at Detroit to capture the Stanley Cup.  The Penguins, who often like to open games up with offense, demonstrated that defense wins championships by playing an excellent defensive game.  They also got the bounces their way and survived great pressure by the Wings in the third period.  Detroit rang a shot off the crossbar with two minutes left that would have tied the game, and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a game and perhaps Cup-winning save with one second left, diving across the crease to cover an open net rebound shot.  The Red Wings’ age perhaps was a factor, as several key players were fighting injuries.  Still, give the Penguins credit for resiliency, coming back after losing the first two games of the series. Only the fourth time in NHL history that a team came back from an 0-2 deficit in the Finals, it’s interesting that three of the four occurred against Detroit (this year, 1966 vs. Montreal, and 1942 vs. Toronto).

Red Wings put one off the crossbar with two minutes left.

Red Wings put one off the crossbar with two minutes left.

Fleury dives to stop Niklas Lidstrom with one second left.

Fleury dives to stop Niklas Lidstrom with one second left.

The Penguins celebrate as time expires.

The Penguins celebrate as time expires.

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Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 6, 2008 by flyersfan44

Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for their Stanley Cup championship.  This is a truly great team that is amazing to watch.  With a great deal of talent from goaltender on out, the Red Wings play an excellent five-man system with everyone on the ice having a specific role in any given situation.  Their puck-support is superb – ever notice that they seem to have more players on the ice than their opponent?  Excellent positioning as well on both offense and defense.