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Points to Ponder from a Classic Stanley Cup Final

By June 13, 2009

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  • In his worst nightmares, Marian Hossa couldn't have dreamed it would end like this.
  • Lifting the Cup is a milestone moment for Sidney Crosby. But he created almost nothing offensively in the Final. As hockey gods go, Crosby remains a work in progress.
  • Covered in an earlier post, but bears repeating: the Penguins pulled off a comeback matched by just one other team in NHL history.
  • Was Michel Therrien watching? Penny for his thoughts.
  • As NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman is the rightful presenter of the Stanley Cup. But why did they ever give him a microphone? Bettman's job is to shut up, smile, hand over the prize, and disappear.

  • The Stanley Cup Final has gone to game seven five times in the last eight seasons. But the 2009 finale was by far the best of the lot. A crossbar away from going to overtime.
  • Did anyone imagine this outcome back in February, when the Penguins were six points out of a playoff spot? Or 12 days ago, when they were down 2-0 in this series? Or a week ago, when they got shelled in game five?
  • With four titles in the last 12 years, the Red Wings don't need much sympathy. But this goes down as one of the biggest collapses in Stanley Cup history.
  • The Penguins got killed in the faceoff circle, and won anyway. Sure, faceoff wins are important. Could it also be one of those stats that gets far more publicity than it deserves?
  • Nobody's saying Mike Babcock is a bad coach, or that it's his fault. But when your team blows a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, it's time to shelve any talk of "best coach in hockey."
  • Marc-Andre Fleury keeps giving up funny-looking goals in big games. Detroit's only goal in game seven was the latest in a long history of odd ones. He's a champion today, but his playoff performance was erratic.
  • Poor Chris Osgood. The Red Wings' collapse wasn't his fault, though some will say the winning goal in game seven looked a bit suspect. No more talk of the Hockey Hall of Fame for him.
  • Do the Red Wings need a tune-up? Or did they simply run out of gas at the worst possible time?

    Postscript: The About.com pick - Red Wings in 6 - turned out to be way off base. Kudos to "Bud Next Door" who was dead on with his prediction.

    Final 2009 Playoff Prediction Record: 12-3

    (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Comments

    June 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    (1) Joe says:

    Gary Bettman and Sidney Cry-baby now have to choose which state they want to live in, so they can get married.


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