The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame the loss of captain Sidney Crosby and a lot of history to beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the third time on Friday.
Instead of the Red Wings becoming the NHL's first repeat champion since they won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998, this turned into a Penguins party for the first time since now-team owner Mario Lemieux captained them to championships in 1991 and '92.
The Penguins turned the tables on the Red Wings and captured the cup on enemy ice, just as Detroit did in Pittsburgh last year. The Penguins are the first to win the title the year after losing in the finals since Edmonton did it 25 years ago against the New York Islanders - the last rematch before this one.
Max Talbot scored two second-period goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar in making 23 saves and erasing memories of a 5-0 loss in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena that put the Penguins on the brink of elimination. Pittsburgh returned home and gutted out a 2-1 win, behind Fleury's 25 saves, on Tuesday that forced a seventh game in Detroit.
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