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Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Flashback: Stanley Cup #3

Summer gives us time to look back and reflect on the hockey season.  It gives us time to remember years gone by.  It's time to go back and remember some of the most memorable moments in team history.  Today it's time for the trifecta.

The 2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins season was an unexpected high that came to an abrupt halt with a loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.  They raised the Cup on the Mellon Arena ice as a magical run ended what seemed far too soon.  One was left with the feeling of "This sucks... but they'll be back."

The 2008-09 season seemed to be anything but magical but definitely unexpected.  A team adrift in the sea, riddled with injuries, and out of playoff contention was magically brought back to lift by the firing of one coach, a return of stars from injury, and an impressive streak to close out the season.

No team seemed hotter going in to the playoffs.  The Penguins made their way through the Flyers, fought the Capitals in an historic seven game series, and breezed through the Hurricanes in a sweep.  Their foe again in the Cup Final?  The Red Wings.

Six hard fought games, including one blow out and a triumphant rebound by Marc-Andre Fleury, led the Penguins to the moment everyone dreams of: Game 7.

The moment wasn't too big for the Pens or Max Talbot.  With no fingernails left you watched as time ran down, Lindstrom fired one more shot, Fleury made that last save, and the Cup was theirs.  The future seemed bright for these Penguins, with more Cups looking to be a given.  It wouldn't be near that easy.

Join us next week for Friday Flashback.

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