With mere hours before one of the most exciting sports events takes place – a Game 7 NHL Playoff Game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres – I’m forced to take a frustrated look at how the Flyers have limped to this point. When I took a look at this series through the rose-colored glasses the Flyers provided me for free about 2-months ago, it was hard to see them losing. However, that’s when what could turn into an epic collapse by a Flyers team that made the NHL Stanley Cup Finals just one year ago (losing to the Chicago Blackhawks).
Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup Finals’
Some fans that didn’t get to make the trip to Pittsburgh to watch their Detroit Red Wings win another Stanley Cup enjoyed the game courtesy of JoeVision at Joe Louis Arena. Needless to say, they enjoyed the result.
I’m digging the homemade Cups. And hey, at least the Detroit fans didn’t tear the city apart while celebrating their victory. The victory parade is scheduled for tomorrow between 11 and 11:30.
Video courtesy of The Detroit News.
This is how it was supposed to be. Detroit, having not clinched a playoff series at home during their run for the Cup, had to secure their right to raise it by winning in Pittsburgh. With the Red Wings, that’s par for the course. And win, they did. After beating Pittsburgh 3-2 (and almost giving the Pens another shot at life late in the third quarter), the Detroit Red Wings are your NHL Stanley Cup Champions. It was their fourth cup in eleven years and their eleventh overall.
Your Conn Smythe Award winner was Henrik Zetterberg, who had 13 goals and 14 assists during Detroit’s run. As pointed out by Puck Update, some feel Zetterberg’s performance, coupled with likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, vindicated European players and their quest to shake the “we’re not tough” label.
Others, like Don Cherry, may not agree.
Whatever the case, I’m not a savvy enough hockey fan to debate these things; however, I do know this — the closing minutes of the third quarter in both Games 5 and 6 were damn exciting. Maybe Pittsburgh could’ve played with that sense of desperation for all of Game 6 instead of waiting until the wanning minutes, but alas, they did not. And now we have a new Stanley Cup champion because of it. Here’s some video of those closing moments, followed by the Red Wings’ celebration:
I’m left wondering what different locations Lord Stanley’s Cup will wind up at during his tour with these Detroit Red Wings…
By now, everybody’s used the image above this text of Hayden Panettiere making out with Lord Stanley’s Cup and that’s why I added the layover. Anyway, there’s a semi-important hockey game going on tonight in Pennsylvania and I’m pretty sure you all know the stakes — if Pittsburgh wins, they stave off elimination again and if Detroit wins, they raise the Cup.
It’s pretty simple, really.
However, those wanting a Detroit win might want to start being a little scared. After all that went down with the Patriots and their premature Super Bowl gear, you’d think these companies would learn to keep stuff like this hidden for a little while longer.
Will the Red Wings be the first team in the Stanley Cup Finals to give away a 3-1 lead since, well, Detroit did in 1942.
We do not profess to being hockey experts here. In fact, I can count the number of games I’ve seen since the NHL has moved away from ESPN on two hands. That doesn’t mean it’s not appreciated. It is. I’ve long been a believer that NHL Playoff Hockey is one of the most competitive and grueling ways to win a professional level championship.
I think, for me, it has more to do with player and team recognition. Nevertheless, I normally watch the some of the Finals, especially when it’s a deciding game. So there I was last night, expecting to see Detroit crowned as kings of the NHL. I arrived sometime near the end of the second period when the Penguins still had their 2-1 lead and ducked in and out while the third period was getting lathered up.
I settled in time to see the Red Wings equalize and then take the lead away from the Penguins with two impressive goals. After that, I figured Detroit would clog up the defensive side of the ice while the clock wound down, securing another Stanley Cup for Hockey Town, USA.
Boy, was I wrong.
Thanks to an amazingly timely goal from Max Talbot with 35 seconds left — and some incredible goal-keeping from the Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury who had 55 saves — I and the rest of the hockey-watching nation were treated to some awesome overtime hockey. Both teams went at it with Detroit realizing what they had allowed to slip away be giving up Talbot’s goal while Pittsburgh threw their bodies all over the ice trying to keep their season alive.
And thanks to Petr Sykora, Detroit, instead of raising Lord Stanley’s Cup, now finds themselves having to play a Game 6 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Here’s a vid of Sykora’s season-and-series-saving goal.
Helluva shot, there. If you’d like to see a more informed recap, check out PuckUpdate.com’s perspective. Coming from a non-hockey following — although, I do consider myself an admirer — sports fan, I’m incredibly glad I got to watch last night’s battle. Now I know what I can look forward to seeing while waiting for the NBA Finals to tip: Game 6 of the NHL Finals.
And I can’t wait.