The Stanley Cup is coming back to Pittsburgh for the 3rd time in the history of the Penguins' franchise and the first time since back to back wins in 1991 and '92. The Pens defeated the defending champion Red Wings in Detroit in the 7th and deciding game last night 2-1. Max Talbot scored both goals for the Pens but afterwards didn't want to talk about his goals but rather his close friend, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury was criticized after last year's loss by the Penguins to Detroit in the finals and after he was pulled from Game 5 last Saturday after giving up 5 goals. Talbot said Fleury who stopped 23 of 24 shots showed he's a top goalie. The most amazing save came in the final 2 seconds when Fleury threw himself across the goal crease to stop a rebound shot with his chest off the stick of Niklas Lidstrom.
The Pens had to play the last 34 minutes, except a 32 second shift in the third period, without their captain Sidney Crosby who injured his knee in the 2nd period. Afterwards Crosby said the knee was painful, but it was just as painful watching the game from the bench, not able to help his team.
Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for leading all scorers with 36 points.