Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pens Win!!! Pittsburgh Penguins are the 2008-09 Stanley Cup Champions

Game 7 for the Stanley Cup finals could it be any more exciting? Actually maybe it could for some people, this years' final was a bit deja vu of last year. Would the result be the same? It looked like it. Most people were thinking Detroit would win again. They hadn't lost a game on home ice the entire series. Fleury seem to be spooked by the Joe. Springy boards were popping out pucks in places he wasn't expecting it. The Wings probably smelled blood in the water...but it wasn't meant to be.
The Pens dominated most of the first two periods. Fleury was fantastic. The third period was like one giant 20 minute power play for Detroit. It seemed like they didn't leave the Pens zone the entire period. The last 4 minutes were so exciting...I couldn't even watch! I was pacing up and down in the hall with my husband thinking I had lost my mind. Maybe I did!
Congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins!

Every single member of the team has a fantastic story and them winning the cup is some thing special. I've managed to pick my "Top 10 Reasons I'm Glad The Pens Won The Cup."

10. Rob Scuderi, part time goalie.
Everyone knows I'm a goalie girl. In Game 6 when he was in the crease making those saves, I fell in love.

9. Maxime Talbott, Game 7 Stud
I've been a big fan of Max since I saw him cutting up on a video last season with George Laraque. I love a funny guy! Him scoring the only two Pens goals in Game 7 put him over the top for me.

Hey you score 2 goals in Game get 2 pics! Merci, Maxime.

8. Kris Letang - Do it for Luc
I've had a soft spot in my heart for Kris Letang ever since Luc Bourdon passed away. He and Luc were best friends and some of the interviews I read with Kris broke my heart. I remember him leaving last season's playoffs to attend Luc's funeral. Kris seems like such a quiet gentle soul. I know he wishes his best friend, Luc, were here to enjoy it with him. Good job, Tanger!

7. Bill Guerin - age doesn't mean shit
When I saw the Pens back in December, Guerin wasn't with them, so I had to use his Islander pic. Guerin has traveled around with a few teams and in interviews recently said he knew this was probably one of his last big cup chases. Mission Accomplished!

6. Miroslav Satan - the bitchingest name in hockey will now be on the cup
Satan isn't getting any younger either. I'm super happy that Satan will now be etched on the cup. It makes me want to throw the horns.

5. Brooks Orpik - Free Candy will now be served from the cup.
I love Orpik. I love his tough play, his funny interviews and his crazy ass (but beautiful) eyes.

Hockey fans....I give you your 2009 Conn Smythe Winner

4. Evgeni Malkin - making Momma proud
You just can't not love Malkin. Even people that don't like the Pens will usually admit Malkin is amazing. I loved seeing his parents in the stands cheering him. When he scored the hat trick in Game 3 and you saw his dad weeping and his mom cheering and waiving her rally towel...I almost cried myself.

Damn straight he was the Conn Smythe winner. In the playoffs Geno scored 36 points with 14 goals and 22 assists. You did your momma proud!

3. Sidney Crosby - the most hated/loved figure in hockey
People love to hate Sidney Crosby...almost as much as people love to LOVE the Kid. I'm a little ambivalent. I think he is a super talented good-lucking young Northern American guy. It's not his fault the NHL have been falling all over themselves promoting him. He seems like a really nice quiet guy who is kind of shy. Crybaby this, blah blah whatever. He IS a baby. Hopefully that will pass.

Lots of Atlanta fans hate him because of the cheap theatrics he pulled with Boris Valabik. If you have EVER been on this blog, you know how I love my Boris. What Sid did was complete bullshit and it was even bigger bullshit that he didn't get a penalty. That crap happens all the time with superstars. Totally not fair. I think why I don't hate him for this is that Boris wasn't injured. I'm sure Boris was a bit tender, but had Boris had to miss some games... might be a different way of thinking for me. I think the entire team was frustrated with their play and were having coach issues that were making them miserable and it was playing out on the ice. Whatever though, I've disliked and liked people for less. We can't like everybody and everyone needs a villain.
This commercial killed me. I didn't want this for Sid.

Sid you will not be in that picture, sweety!!
This is one of the few...possibly only hot pic I've taken of Sid.

Most of the pictures he looked like a sad Muppet that smelled something bad.

Nice job Sid! Now get your own place. You can't live in Mario's basement forever.

2. Pascal Dupuis - former Thrasher
You wore the blue and that's good enough for me. I love my Thrashers and I still love (most of)my former Thrashers. Congrats Super Duper!

Drum roll.........................
1. Marc-Andre Fleury - Duh, he's a goalie!
Not only is he a goalie, he's the only goalie (besides Moose) to acknowledge my adoration. I was a big fan already, but when he tapped the glass at my "Welcome Back Flower" sign...he had a fan for life.

Flower got destroyed in Game 5, mostly by his own team's crap play, but he didn't let is shake him. He came up huge in Games 6 and 7.

Way to go Flower! You shut the mouths of those who thought you couldn't do it.
Tell us what you were thinking, Flower:

Now for some pictures that I totally ripped off from the ever entertaining, ever informative Pensblog comment section and I'm sure a lot of them are ripped off as well. I'm pretty sure everyone knows them, but just in case:

These pictures are being used without the permission of the photographer for non-commercial purposes. If you are the photographer and would like me to remove them, let me know and I will be happy to do so.

I simply adore this picture. I love the little pause that Flower did just to make sure it was really over, then he tossed his glove and blocker down.

The group shot, is there anything better?

This could be my favorite picture of the entire night. The look of sheer elation on Sid's face is just priceless.

This is just absolutely amazing. THIS picture...IS the game. This is a Stanley Cup winning save. Had Flower not made this, I could be posting a very different post. Simply amazing.

The Pensblog loves their photo shops. This is my favorite one yet. This has the name Lee on it, I'm assuming that's who did it. It's fantastic. If this somehow gets back to "Lee" and he isn't pleased, I'll take it down or credit him (or her I guess) Nice job Lee.
Well, that's it. The season is done :( Time to look forward to next season. Time to call next season THIS season.
Go Thrashers!


Candace June 16, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

Holy cow. That was an epic post, dear.

4 days and a victory parade later, and I still can't believe this happened :-)

Thank you for reliving such an awesome season in such cool pics.


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