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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Can You Believe It? A Stanley Cup Poem by @timmshady

By Tim “Shady” Anzelone

Can you believe...
That at this time last year?
The Pens were doomed, and it was clear, when Steve Downie was here

Is this a dream?
Or, could this be the team?
That made the trade to send Despres who couldn’t fit the scheme

They went into the playoffs without Maata and Letang,
They couldn’t hang, and so they came home right after 5 games,

Who would have thought they’d go so soon? Excluded from the tourney
A playoff team in mourning, starting Scuderi and Chorney

Maxime Lapierre with Winnik, Sutter, and Beau Bennett
These were players on a playoff team - and getting minutes

Were Spaling and Blake Comeau reasons for the biggest holes?
Or hero roles, like Malkin and Perron with zero goals?

“If Malkin is unhappy, we must trade him for a pick-
Plus his chemistry with Crosby doesn’t seem to stick”

We heard the gossip and the topics, but no quotes of his
When all else fails, a team derails, there has to be a ‘rift’

The season gone, another lost, which brought a roster shake
A rising star from KHL, was the clear move to make.

Plotnikov should work with Geno, what else can they do?
The return of Gonchar, must admit, was real exciting news

One Sergei didn’t make the cut, the other wasn’t the answer
The move that mattered most would be the Leafs’ locker room cancer

He hates the cameras, loves his food, and doesn’t play his role
The Penguins saw one thing in Phil, it’s “this guy can score goals”

The moves were looking better, no more players there to fight
They brought the needs, a team with speed, and Dupuis took the ice

Time to see if Eric Fehr improves the bottom six
With new additions Cullen, Kevin Porter, and Sundqvist
Halfway through, a whole new roster, still the same ole’ season
Same results, an average team, the coach could be the reason

Maybe situations from JR were handled wrong
Like steady homes for Wilson, Pouliot and Daniel Sprong

December 12th, the season changed, when Sullivan was hired
Reminiscent of ‘09, when Therrien was fired

From AHL he made the move look easy to adjust
He brought Kuhnhackl, Archibald, Simon, Sheary and Rust

Quickly, scoring goals went from a vision to a mission
Crosby and Letang reclaimed their greatness to position

The weakest link, whose role would shrink, was out-of-sync and wary
The biggest trade could be portrayed as Daley for Scuderi

The stars aligned and shined upon the ice they were upon
Hagelin sped his way to HBK for Dave Perron

The sudden shift would flip the switch for Kessel and Bonino
The Heartbreak Kids would stop the show and grow into what we know

Lovejoy started locking down, and Cole found his potential
A quiet rising star in Dumoulin became essential

The Pens would find their peak and make a streak into the playoffs
Would win, repeat, compete, and be accused of cheating faceoffs

Patric brought a hat trick for a line that needed scoring
While Maata and Malkin returned from injury to soaring

The goalies made rotations, raising queries with fan theories
But Kunitz may have made the biggest save of the whole series

Zatkoff played his heart out, which would only raise discussion
Would Murray only start when Fleury’s out with a concussion?

This would cause debates, which would deflate the bigger picture
Our goalie was proclaimed and “Murray Saves” became the scripture

Sullivan’s career was on the line to choose a goalie
And then his rookie beat Lundqvist, Andrei and Braden Holtby

It made the choice seem easy, but the settlement was hard
A star was barred from his own net, emotionally charred

The team embraced their leader, though he’s only 22
Sid and Geno tied their cups with Jagr and Lemieux

All doubts were terminated when the Pens hoisted the cup
Can Kessel win? Is Tanger elite? Has Sid run out of luck?

The team is once again on top, and it feels glorious
A city that’s victorious where winning is notorious

Can you believe in one year’s time the changes that were made?
The omen that displayed, when Mike and Roenick disarrayed?

Can you believe the Johnston was the head coach of this team?
One year later it would seem that this was all a dream.


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