DETROIT -- On the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the hands of
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 second, getting aggressive on the forecheck. About a minute into the second period, Malkin chased a dump into the Red Wings' zone and forced Detroit defenseman
Talbot struck again midway through the period, cashing in on a 2-on-1 opportunity created by a heads-up pass by
The goal, Talbot's fourth of the series, was a welcome answer to a potentially devastating hit Pittsburgh took about four minutes earlier. Red Wing forward
The absence of the superstar center didn't seem to deter Pittsburgh, though.
The Red Wings had plenty of chances on Pittsburgh goalie
With Osgood out of the net and an extra attacker on for Detroit, Fleury stood tall, making two key saves --one a diving play -- in the last six seconds of the game. It was only fitting that this heart-stoppingly close series came down to this: a pad save on