Slide over Super Mario and make room on the Stanley Cup for a new batch of Pittsburgh Penguins.
Max Talbot(notes) scored two second-period goals, and the Penguins overcame the loss of captain Sidney Crosby(notes) and a whole lot of history to beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the third time.
Instead of the Red Wings becoming the NHLâ€™s first repeat champion since they won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998, this turned into a Penguins party for the first time since now-team owner Mario Lemieux captained them to championships in 1991 and â€™92.
The Penguins turned the tables on the Red Wings and captured the Cup on enemy ice, just as Detroit did in Pittsburgh last year. The Penguins are the first to win the title the year after losing in the finals since Edmonton did it 25 years against the New York Islandersâ€”the last rematch before this one.
Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) was stellar in making 23 saves and erasing the memories of a 5-0 loss in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena that put the Penguins on the brink of elimination. Pittsburgh returned home and gutted out a 2-1 win, behind Fleuryâ€™s 25 saves, on Tuesday that forced a seventh game in Detroit.
Jonathan Ericsson(notes) made it more interesting and tense when he cut the Red Wingsâ€™ deficit to 2-1 with 6:07 remaining. His shot from inside the blue line sailed past Fleuryâ€™s glove and sent the fans into a frenzy.