The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the 2009 Stanley Cup!
Some quick thoughts: Sidney Crosby will like this year end photo a lot more.
What anguish he must have felt to have to watch the second half of game 7 on the bench with the knee injury. Great job by the grinders, Jordan Staal, Maxime Talbot, Craig Adams, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis and Miroslav Satan with strong games to fill in when the captain went down.
My thoughts go out to Kris Letang, and therefore out to Luc Bourdon. Letang played brilliantly in game 3, dedicating this game to his fallen best friend.
Congrats also goes out to Matt Cooke, one of the classiest guys in the league. I have a love/hate relationship with him going all the way back to his rookie season in Vancouver. He's a class act and deserves this night.
Evgeni Malkin was just amazing at times in the playoffs. He is the obvious choice as Conn Smythe Trophy winner in my mind.
Marc-Andre Fleury - what a sensational save off of Nicklas Lidstrom in the dying seconds. It will be a short summer Marc-Andre. Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp is in August and they will be calling.
You always think of the veterans on this night. Bill Guerin was instrumental in turning this team around. Sergei Gonchar, too, as witnessed when he returned late in the season from injury. As good as the young stars are, Gonchar is the straw that stirs the drink.
Congratulations must go out to the Detroit Red Wings for another amazing spring. They are every bit as deserving of this Cup as any other.
Congratulations to the entire NHL. What a fantastic season we have just witnessed! The product on the ice is strong and entertaining. We as hockey fans are lucky to have seen a season like this.
A special thank you goes out to the readers of my websites. I will be very busy this summer providing new content as well as preparing for next season. I will have more on that later this weekend.