DETROIT -- On the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the hands of
Winning the championship for the first time since 1992 against the team that defeated them just a year ago, the Penguins defied history, becoming the first team to win Game 7 on the road since the 1971 Montreal Canadiens. Malkin, who assisted Talbot's first goal, finished the playoffs with a league-high 36 points and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player in the postseason. The Pittsburgh center, who won the Art Ross Trophy with 103 points during the regular season, became the first player since
After a scoreless first period, the Penguins jumped out early in the third, and about a minute into the second period, Talbot intercepted a tipped pass by Detroit defenseman
Did he ever in his wildest dreams think he'd score twice to win the Stanley Cup?
"No, definitely not," he said on the ice, basking in the chaotic moments after the win. "You know, I never thought that I would score two goals in the NHL."
It doesn't get any better than this, for this grinder whose clutch play earned him the nickname, The Gamer, by his teammates. "He just has a knack for playing so well in big games," defenseman
The goal, Talbot's fourth of the series, was a welcome answer to a potentially devastating hit Pittsburgh took about four minutes earlier. Red Wings forward
The absence of the superstar center didn't seem to deter Pittsburgh, though.
"You get to a point where you've got to ask yourself whether you're going to be, you know, hurting your team by being out there," Crosby said. "One misstep and I could cost the guys a lot of hard work. I didn't want to be the guy who did that."
As the Penguins lined up after the game to shake hands with their opponents, Red Wing
The Red Wings had plenty of chances on Pittsburgh goalie
No surprise that after six games, and as exciting and close a final as there's been in recent history, this one would be good to the last drop. With
"I'm just so happy that he proved to everyone tonight that he's a winning goalie, and he can do it under pressure," Talbot said of Fleury, who faced criticism all series long for his spotty play.
But after it all, after the 82 games, the three series to get back to this point, the six games and 60 minutes on the ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins -- all of their hands, knees, heads and hearts -- are just fine tonight.