Happy congratulations to Billy Guerin, Philippe Boucher, and the newly crowned Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburg Penguins!!!
I'm sincerely happy for Billy G. and Philippe Boucher, as they both spent several quality years here with the Dallas Stars. As a rookie with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, Guerin raised his first Cup at the age of 24. Tonight, 14 years later, he raised the Cup a second time at the age of 38. This allows him the opportunity few athletes have ... to go out on top and as he chooses ... if, of course, the time is right and he so chooses. Boucher made his name as a solid defenseman and power play specialist with the LA Kings. Since that time he has struggled through many health issues, mostly related to an injured eye and subsequent surgeries. Then during his All-Star season a couple of years ago, he lost his father to cancer. So, again, I could not be happier for those two Pens in particular.
Crosby, Malkin, and Staal got them to games 6 and 7 ... but the role players and MARC-ANDRE FLEURY sealed the deal. I know they had to give Malkin the Conn Smythe, and he most certainly had a phenomenal playoff season, but Fleury stepped up HUGE in the last 3-4 games and especially the last two. The final two saves tonight were incredible. They fought hard to the last second and earned a well-deserved victory.
The Penguins become the first road team since 1979 to win Game 7 of the Cup Finals; 30 years exactly. The team in 1979 was, in fact, the Pittsburg Pirates. During that span, 18 home teams in a row had won until tonight. The Pens came back from being down in this series 0-2 and 2-3.
As it is no real secret, I'm ecstatic the hated Red Wings lost. I'm never happy when they win. 2 years in a row would have been too much! I've always disliked Mike Babcock, whether with Anaheim or Detroit. I'm never happy when they beat the Stars. I hate that we had a legitimate chance against them last year and couldn't pull it off. Then instead of a WCF's rematch with Dallas this season, they instead have one with Pittsburg and the Stars went through one injury after another. I seriously hate watching how really good the Wings are ... how Datsyuk and Zetterberg "play with their food." I love that the Pens won and skated the Cup IN Detroit and in front of the Red Wing faithful! The list goes on.
However, I do feel sorry for Marian Hossa. But he should have seen it through with the Pens instead of running for the money and the "sure" thing.
So the season has finally come to a close. Overall, the regular season was good, the playoffs were highly exciting, and the Finals were incredible. I love this game and look forward to next season already. The Dallas Stars are chomping at the bit to get back in the playoff mix and right back where they were before the injury bug hit. October cannot get here soon enough!
Congratulations Pittsburg Penguins ~ 2009 Stanley Cup Champions!
Congratulations Bill Guerin and Philippe Boucher!