DETROIT (AP) - Slide over Super Mario and make room on the Stanley Cup for anew batch of Pittsburgh Penguins.
Max Talbot scored two second-period goals, and the Penguinsovercame the loss of captain Sidney Crosby and a whole lot ofhistory to beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 onFriday night in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the thirdtime.
Instead of the Red Wings becoming the NHL’s first repeatchampion since they won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998, thisturned into a Penguins party for the first time since now-teamowner Mario Lemieux captained them to championships in 1991 and’92.
The Penguins turned the tables on the Red Wings and captured theCup on enemy ice, just as Detroit did in Pittsburgh last year. ThePenguins are the first to win the title the year after losing inthe finals since Edmonton did it 25 years against the New YorkIslanders—the last rematch before this one.
Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar in making 23 saves and erasing thememories of a 5-0 loss in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena that put thePenguins on the brink of elimination. Pittsburgh returned home andgutted out a 2-1 win, behind Fleury’s 25 saves, on Tuesdaythat forced a seventh game in Detroit.
Jonathan Ericsson made it more interesting and tense when he cutthe Red Wings’ deficit to 2-1 with 6:07 remaining. His shotfrom inside the blue line sailed past Fleury’s glove and sentthe fans into a frenzy.
Niklas Kronwall nearly tied it with 2:14 left, but his drivesmacked the crossbar flush and caromed out of danger.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
9 P.M. UPDATE: The winter storm warnings have been canceled and most snow is coming to an end. The colder temperatures were starting to move into central Indiana.
Carmel has a voice in the climate change discussion.
It's been a busy 24 hours for road crews in Indiana. And for many south of Indianapolis, the work isn't close to being over.