By Fred Wallace
The Stanley Cup Championship was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night as they hung on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in the 7th & deciding game.
I didn't think it was a spectacular game, but the finish certainly was with Marc Andre Fleury finding the puck and then blocking a glorious late chance from Nik Lidstrom of the Wings.
The win by the Penguins makes them the first team in 38 years to win the 7th & deciding game of a series on the road.
Quite an achievement for a team that changed their coach, from Michel Therrien to Dan Blysma, just 4 months ago.
I was in Pittsburgh in late March, saw the Penguins beat the New York Rangers and while Sidney Crosby scored a great goal, in no way did I think at that time I was watching the future Stanley Cup Champions.
Speaking of Crosby, some are upset that he elected to do some live on ice interviews prior to the traditional handshake, and as a result he missed shaking hands with some of the Red Wings. To me, the handshake is one of the phoniest aspects of the Cup Final. I'll elaborate some time later.
And finally, we wonder today whether the Stanley Cup will be in Owen Sound with Chris Minard as the Owen Sound Minor Hockey grad spent the playoffs with the Penguins, albeit without seeing game action.
I'm Fred Wallace