The fans around us told Security the real story, and he was escorted out. It was blocked, but Crosby then beat former teammate Paul Martin to the loose puck, circled the net himself and fed Letang who was completing his journey to the other side. “Sid has bailed us out a million times,” veteran winger Bill Guerin, now the team’s assistant general manager, told the Post-Gazette after the game. Cimini on the Bell relationship. Adrian Dater covers the NHL for Bleacher Report. People just grab the beers out of the fridge and passed them around, then threw money on the counter. Didn’t even order room service. Everybody has to buy in to that idea for us to get to where we want to go. The waiter couldn’t serve anyone since nobody could walk in the room. Their was an imposter who came out onto the ice as team connected (Family of a player etc.) Crosby's blocked shot at the end was one of his four in the game as Pittsburgh had 33 overall. I think guys just welcomed the opportunity, welcomed the challenge, tried to get back on track.". Crosby's accolades include two Olympic gold medals, a golden goal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, a World Cup title, the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2007 and 2014, the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer in 2014 and the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer in 2010 and 2017. In an astonishing shift, Letang did a spin-o-rama past Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, circled behind the net and threw the puck out front. The Penguins would struggle to deal with injuries to their captain in subsequent seasons. "Sometimes in the playoffs, you have to play defense and I think he's been able to do that," Lemieux said. Crosby went down to block it, then gained control of the puck, skated it out and slid a pass to teammate Patric Hornqvist, who buried the empty-netter. He was a great leader for our team. He's got two Cups, and should have a crack at a few more.". "This is what it's all about. I'm happy for him. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette), Penguins coach Dan Bylsma drinks champagne from the Stanley Cup after defeating Detroit in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, June 12, 2009. “It was our time to get the job done for him. Knowing how difficult it is now to go back-to-back.". His two goals were the difference in a 2-1 game that night at Joe Louis Arena. You have to become a team that is stingy defensively. They were so confident the Pens were going to lose badly! We never thought the season would run that long when we planned that vacation, but it was a great memory. The Jets release Le'Veon Bell. Stanley Cup Win Seals Sidney Crosby's Hard Road Back to Hockey's Mountaintop Adrian Dater @ @adater ... leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in … "I've said all along in these playoffs, he's deserving of the Conn Smythe," Sullivan said. That's the sign of a great leader and great captain. The Sharks never got much of a sniff on rookie goalie Matt Murray after that. Your email address will not be published. The Red Wings beat the Penguins in 2008, so I really wanted the Penguins to win in 2009. You have a small window to play and have a career. (Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette), The Penguins gather for a team photo after winning the Stanley Cup, June 12, 2009, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It took seven years, and there were a lot of obstacles to overcome, including serious concussion issues that had him worried he might never play again. Inscribed the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy was first awarded to Canada's amateur ice hockey clubs who won … SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the end, one more Pittsburgh Penguin slid down to sacrifice his body against one more San Jose Sharks shot. I’d love to meet Max someday and tell him the whole story. Crosby touched the Cup first, but Kris Letang made the play that won it. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. The Penguins were champs. I live in Wichita, ks. Top 10 best free agents still available: Where will Mike Hoffman, others sign? Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. and posed for pictures all over the place on the ice and in the dressing room guy is drinking beer and champagne smoking cigars hanging with the players and execs before somebody finally caught on and he was removed by security, Too funny!! But whereas things had always come easily to Crosby, he now is a man who better knows that the road to glory is hard-won—and maybe it's more satisfying that way. "I think individually and as a group we had high expectations, we knew we needed to be better. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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