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Baseball's home advantage method is stupid.  I agree,the Wings won the right to play at home and as much as I would love to see game 7 in the 'burgh, the Pens do not deserve the honor.  Not this year.

Still, I believe if any team can win a game 7 on the road and even at the Joe, it's this fiesty bunch of flightless birds.  They may not get air, but they sure can fly across the ice.  Am thinking that Andre steels his nerves and Billy Guerin or Ruslan finds a way to cash in.  

GO PENS!!!!

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Rugerdog
GO HOCKEY!!!

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DennisMcFeely
Game seven is fully on.  I'm not a big hockey fan but even I'm tuning in to this one.

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Ben Hong

The Cup game was all that was anticipated. Pittsburg won even without Crosby, and for Hossa...instant kharma!

For those who picked the Wings to win in 4 or 5, you may need a few more years of Hockey Appreciation 101, :devil:

It is on record in this massive thread that of the 15 series that it took to win the Cup I correctly called 13, including the Cup winner. Just saying... :<img src=:'>

Gloating aside, we have seen the future and it is here. Pittsburg, Washington, and especially Chicago will be contenders for a long, long time.

Osgood was vastly outplayed by Fleury who exorcised the ghosts that haunted him at the Joe.

After game 6, I felt that there was no way that the Pens would lose. Detroit was not allowed to be itself in the last two games, and frankly (surprisingly) they didn't adapt to the Pens' tactic of "first to the puck" the whole game.

Great playoffs, with the best team of the moment winning.

Now I have to prepare for hockey withdrawl. :(

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Longrifle
Again, just want to go on the record here, called Pens over Wings in a repeat 09 final in last year's thread. Even Wayne didn't wiin his first one. Wasn't quite what I expected, but a wild finish.

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Outstanding game & Outstanding Finals!  What a great series for hockey fans...and even for non-hockey fans.

I am so happy that the Pens pulled it off.  I was a doubter, but am tickled pink to see Detroit go down in flames...and even more so Hossa!  What a perfect ending for that hired gun.  Its fitting that the young Pens were the ones to tough it out and persevere despite losing Hossa, Malone, Whitney, etc.  

I think this will be the first of several cups for Sid and the Pens.

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Steve Hunts

I wouldn't have bet $10 on Pittsburgh to win game 7 but am glad they did.  Feels a bit like David beating Goliath to me.  

Was a great game to watch. The whole family was cheering and nail biting right up to the end.  The Pens were able to just hold on.  Great fun!  Too bad for Hossa.  Got his comeuppance.

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Tom Avent

Great game and great win for the Pens. It is a little hard to believe that this post is on a hunting site. I have learned quite a bit about hockey just from this post.

Hey Jeff, now I can go back to hating....

Go Caps!!!!!

The wait for next hockey season is as bad as the wait for another bird season.....not really.

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jmooney
I'm a bit disappointed.  I wanted to see the Wings take it home, but the Penns played better hockey and they earned it.

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Steelheadfred

The Cup game was all that was anticipated. Pittsburg won even without Crosby, and for Hossa...instant kharma!

For those who picked the Wings to win in 4 or 5, you may need a few more years of Hockey Appreciation 101, :devil:

It is on record in this massive thread that of the 15 series that it took to win the Cup I correctly called 13, including the Cup winner. Just saying... :<img src=:'>

Gloating aside, we have seen the future and it is here. Pittsburg, Washington, and especially Chicago will be contenders for a long, long time.

Osgood was vastly outplayed by Fleury who exorcised the ghosts that haunted him at the Joe.

After game 6, I felt that there was no way that the Pens would lose. Detroit was not allowed to be itself in the last two games, and frankly (surprisingly) they didn't adapt to the Pens' tactic of "first to the puck" the whole game.

Great playoffs, with the best team of the moment winning.

Now I have to prepare for hockey withdrawl. :(

Ben,

I agree - lots of credit to the Pens, and especially the young coach. They have been flat out great since then. Game 6 and game 7 were the best two games the Pen's played all season. The adjustments of 3 men in the center of the ice in pursuit took Detoit off puck control and made them play dump and chase hockey. The change to play behind Detroit's net was significant also.

I hope Sindy and Geno are the players we saw in Game Six and Seven not the players we saw in game two and five.

I agree the future is in WA, Pitts, Chi-town, but dont forget the wings, they are perhaps the best run Pro Sports team in North America, with maybe the Patriots as an equal.

Detroit next year will look different, I think the grind line is about done and ready to pass the torch full time to Helm, Abdelkader, Leino (or however you spell it).

Congrats to the young guns in Pitts.

I dont know what to think of Hossa, I hope he gets his name on the cup some day, but I hope he contributes to the win also.

Ozzie was great in this series, but it maybe time at some point to pass that torch, Ryan Miller to his home state in a year? the rumors are flying around Lansing.

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Where to begin...

Can a time clock never move any slower?

Can a team that everyone in every media station across the world defy huge odds against and still prevail on the road?

Can the Pens hold on without their amazing captain for over half a game and still pull it out?

Can Marc-Andre Fleury exorcise his demons in Detroit and outplay Osgood?

Can Max Talbot really be the #1 star in a game 7 of the Stanley Cup?

Can Hossa's decision last year make him to appear to be the biggest "front runner" ever in sorts?

Can nothing be sweeter than watching your team totally abandon sanity and pile into each other at a game's end?

Can no other sport compare to a post season run that the NHL puts in front of it's annual champions?

Can Pittsburgh do this next year?

Can I breathe now?

The answer is not blowing in the wind.  It is a simple YES.

GO PENS!!!!

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John

I WAS THERE!  nearly on the glass

I have to say that first, Congrats to the Pens.  They won the game.

Second, horrible, both ways, no calls, so much holding, interferance, and my lord...even the refs in mites would have called the offsides on the Pens goal...should not have happened.  But it did, and the pens won, my hope is that in the future the NHL makes the same calls in the playoffs and cup they make all year.  

The game seemed very tight, the wings esp, and they gave up some big breaks to the pens.  The wings only seemed to settel in the last 7 min of the game, to little to late.

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Trappercase
I just looked at the first goal multiple times.  It was clearly onside!

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Ben Hong
I just looked at the first goal multiple times.  It was clearly onside!

I agree.

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If you are into reading about the games, here are some links to a couple of Pens writers.  The Detroit Free Press has some good stuff too.

Gene Collier starts with:

DETROIT -- Ah, summertime in the City of Champions.

Your Pittsburgh Penguins, left for dead in the grim light of winter, widely discounted again as recently as the 1st of June when they trailed the Red Wings, 2-0, in this fabulous Stanley Cup final, are the NHL champions this morning after shocking Detroit last night in Game 7, 2-1.

The Penguins thus join the Super Bowl champion Steelers in crushing the city's 2009 parade budget, and somewhere maybe Kobe Bryant is thankful Pittsburgh does not have an NBA team to ruin his dreams as well.

Max Talbot, the consistently resourceful forward and the modern torch- carrier for champion Penguins muck-grinding grinder-muckers in the grand working class tradition of Bob Errey, Phil Bourque, and Troy Loney, sandwiched two second-period goals around a knee injury to superstar Sidney Crosby to lead his team to its third Stanley Cup.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg....NLsGD&C

Ron Cook:

DETROIT -- Facing overwhelming odds as the road team in a Stanley Cup final Game 7, in throbbing Joe Louis Arena filled with 20,000-plus red-clad fanatics, including legendary Muhammad Ali decked out in the home team's red jersey, the Penguins took the Detroit Red Wings' best punch last night and earned -- I mean, earned -- the right to be called champions forever.

The big, blood-thirsty crowd saw its knockout, all right.

The mighty Red Wings went down for the count.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09164/977276-87.stm#ixzz0IKSiFKIJ&C

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Tom, catch you next year with a Pens/Caps conf final.

Ben, you called it.  From game 1 - you had the pulse.

John, excellent you were there.  Agreed, the refs should have consistency in their calls from game 1 to the last of the finals.

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GO PENS!!!!

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