It's the Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals! Wait a sec... is it 2008? Nope, same matchup, different year.
Sure, the lineups are different, even with one Penguin trading in his black and gold for Detroit red. But the major players from last years finals are still there with last year's playoff MVP Henrick Zetterburg taking on Pittsburgh superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Enough for all you non-hockey fans to tune into some action on the ice! Yes Abby, I know you're a lost cause with that one, but I can always try!
Of course, with the Red Wings going for back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships and being a perennial powerhouse in the NHL, Detroit was the favorite going into the series, and remains the favorite going into game 7.
Oh, game 7. Nothing like a championship series coming down to one final matchup. Honestly, after I watched the drubbing the Red Wings delivered to the Pens Saturday I didn't think a game 7 was going to be possible! Now I along with every other Penguins fan is simply trying to ignore the fact that no team has won a Stanley Cup Finals game 7 on the road since 1971 and Friday's matchup is happening in Detroit. And also the fact that the Pens have lost every game in Detroit during the finals. And the fact that every finals game I've been able to watch has turned out very badly for Pittsburgh... silly little details like that!
The series has already turned out differently from the 2008 version by making it to a game 7 in the first place. Last year the Red Wings celebrated a championship after game 6 in front of a Pittsburgh crowd at Mellon Arena... now I'm hoping it'll be the Penguins spoiling the party in Detroit when they hoist the Stanley Cup Friday night!
Lets Go Pens!