The Stanley Cup playoffs are great because at the end of a seven-game series, one team wins and one team loses. Such was Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Red Wings were looking to defend home ice in Game 7, as well as become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win consecutive championships.
That simply didn't happen.
For almost 54 minutes of game time, the Red Wings couldn't buy a goal and the Penguins sat on a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Ericsson scored with 6:07 remaining in the third period, but the Red Wings couldn't get any puck luck and watched the Penguins skate away with their first Stanley Cup since 1992.
There are two words that will get Red Wings' fans blood boiling in the playoffs.
When Red Wings' fans watched Crosby skate around with the Cup, it almost felt like a slap in the face because Crosby played under 10 minutes of ice time in Game 7. He injured his knee when he tried to piggy back onto Johan Franzen in the second period.
The Penguins did everything in their power to win the game and indeed deserved to win, blocking 20 shots in Game 7 compared to three by Detroit.
Whether Crosby deserved to be the first one to hoist the Cup after he "couldn't" come out to play in the third period is another story.