Before anyone thinks that’s a brazen prediction, it’s actually an ironic historical fact!
Seven years ago today, the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in game seven of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, bringing home Pittsburgh’s third Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Most will remember it as the game a heavily bearded Max Talbot netted two second period goals, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made a thrilling game saving stop with seconds left to secure the victory, and the championship.
It’s no secret Pittsburgh is a sports town. What most outside of the city don’t know is how passionate Pittsburgh is about the sport of hockey, from professional all the way to youth levels. Due to the immense rise in hockey’s popularity over the past few decades, we’ve seen several Pittsburgh natives compete at the NHL level. Names like Ryan Malone, R.J. Umberger, Nathan Guenin, Brandon Saad, Mike Weber, Vincent Trocheck, Matt Bartkowski…and that’s just naming a few!
The Penguins new home, the Consol Energy Center, is a fantastic facility that holds events for the entire family. Even though many Pittsburghers were sad to see the old “Igloo” go out of nostalgia, there’s no denying the beauty and futuristic look to the Pens’ new facility, adding to the ongoing modernization sweeping through the Steel City.
Even though most know the Pittsburgh area for football first, the sport of hockey has really added another layer to the strong community vibe around this wonderful city. So, with that being said…bring home #4!
LET’S GO PENS!!!