I'll be honest. As hopeful as I was going into game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, I was not entirely convinced the Penguins could pull it off. I had faith in my home team, but it just seemed like fate was entirely against them with no team winning a Stanley Cup Finals game 7 on the road since 1971 and the Pens themselves losing every game in Detroit during the finals before Friday.
Wow did they prove me (and hockey fans everywhere) wrong! It was a fantastic final game, with both teams coming out of the gates quick in the first period but somehow managing to get off the ice without scoring a goal! My nails were already ragged by the second period because it was already shaping up to be an exciting final matchup. If you would have told me the Penguins would be up 2 goals to none going into the third period I would not have believed you. As Pittsburgh right winger Bill Guerin said after the game: "Thank God for Max Talbot!"
What a fantastic upset win! I thought for sure Detroit would tie up the game with how they were crashing the net at the end, and when that final buzzer sounded I could hardly believe it. In fact, all weekend I could hardly believe it! I know I'm not the only one who thought that way, because on more than one occasion throughout the weekend my Mom would just say: "I still can't believe the Penguins won!"
But as unbelievable as it was, they did! Making Pittsburgh the first city ever to have Superbowl and Stanley Cup champion teams in the same year, and the first double title for the city since 1979 when the Steelers and Pirates both brought home world championships.
City of Champions once again? I think so.
Now if only the Steelers and Penguins could start slipping whatever's been in their water into the Pirates coolers... I know I would appreciate it!