Posted by: mrpeatie | June 13, 2009

March of the Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned NHL champions last night after a thrilling 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. The last 6 seconds featured two heart-stopping saves from Penguins goalie Marc Andre-Fleury to secure the game 7 victory and the Stanley Cup.

The victory capped off a tumultuous year for the Pens. After losing last year’s finals to Detroit in 6 games, the Penguins struggled early during the regular season dropping to as low as 10th place in the conference and out of a playoff spot. A coaching change was the catalyst the team needed to turn things around. They rallied around the new coach to finish 4th in the conference and eventually march their way back to the finals in a rematch against the Red Wings. The Penguins dropped the first two games of the best of seven series before rallying to win three of the next four, setting up a winner-take-all game 7 in Detroit. A game 7 overwhelmingly favors the home team. In fact, the last team to win a game 7 of the finals on the road in any sport was the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. Home teams were 18-0 since then. The Penguins were not to be denied this year. Photo by Jim McIsaac – Getty Images



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