Penguins-Red Wings Game 7: The NHL and Penguins Both Win

RCFContributor IJune 13, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 12:  Jordan Staal #11, Maxime Talbot #25, Rob Scuderi #4 and Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after defeating the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 2-1 to win Game Seven and the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a classic Game 7. 

Almost every sportswriter out there doubted the Penguins would win, especially with the odds against them. Even when the Penguins won, everyone said Detroit will have this in the bag.  

Max Talbot was our unlikely hero, scoring the only two goals for Pittsburgh.  

The media was talking about how Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would need career games in order to defeat the Red Wings. 

Crosby only had one goal the entire Stanley Cup Finals, while Malkin did win the Con Smythe Trophy.  

Marc-Andre Fleury was the biggest hero of all this postseason. He proved all the doubters wrong by playing two exceptional games to end the postseason. Fleury only allowed two goals for the last two games making incredible saves.  

Most writers thought that this series was over after the Red Wings were up 2-0.  

The Penguins won despite not having the best players on paper. They showed more heart and character out there than any NHL team I've seen.   

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The Detroit Red Wings are not the real losers of this finals, Marian Hossa is. Hossa sold his soul to the Red Wings and now he'll have a long summer thinking of what he could have been.

This has truly been one of the best postseasons in hockey ever. There have been great comebacks by the Carolina Hurricanes to the matchup of Ovechkin vs. Crosby. 

Many of these games have been close and have been thrillers. The upset of my San Jose Sharks was just the beginning, as it was painful for me to deal with, I was still watching this postseason despite being a casual hockey fan.  

It was exciting to see both Crosby and Ovechkin score a hat trick in the same game facing each other.  

Watching the Carolina Hurricanes deal with both the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins was quite amazing. Both Game 7's didn't disappoint, with two last second goals against New Jersey and an overtime goal against Boston by public enemy number one Scott Walker.  

I don't know what can top this entire postseason of the NHL, but it has been amazing.

The NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins are the winners of this season for both putting on a great show.  

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