Final Thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans.  May they enjoy the summer, party like there is no tomorrow, and fall flat on their faces next season.   Seriously, that was a major accomplishment, beating a previously dominant Detroit team on their home ice.  What was it about visiting teams winning game 7's this postseason? 

Not surprisingly, Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe, and deservedly so.  Although to see the immature Russian  handle it so casually and almost drop it on the ice was probably enough to make Constantine Smythe roll over in his grave.

Kudos to former Hurricane Craig Adams.  Out of all the champs to have their names on the Cup in 2006, who would have bet that Adams would be the first to repeat?

Nice to see Jordan Staal so happy after the game.  That kid has really developed into a fine, two-way player.  One can see a lot of his older brother in him when he is behind the net, keeping the puck away from the opposition with his long reach.

It was funny that Marian Hossa picked the wrong team to "help" to win the Cup.  Better luck next time Marian.

There has been quite a bit of hoopla about Sidney Crosby not shaking the hand of Nicklas Lidstrom in the handshake line after the game.  Apparently, the timing was a bit off as Lidstrom had left for the locker room before Crosby made his way through the line. 

Personally, I blame the media.  Can't they wait a few minutes and do the post game interviews after the players have a chance to celebrate and shake hands?  Crosby was doing interviews already, which took him away from the line, initially.  Then Pierre McGuire was interviewing Maxime Talbot as the players were gathering for the team picture.  Hello?  Is this the first time McGuire has seen a game 7?  He doesn't know the routine by now?  Fortunately, Talbot noticed what was going on and begged out of the interview so he could join his teammates. 

Speaking of skipping handshake lines, have the Red Wings forgotten about one of their own?  Chris Chelios has intentionally skipped them before.

Perhaps it's just me, but it seems like the officials are allowing more and more obstruction these days.  Hopefully, the game doesn't revert to the way it was before the lockout.

The NHL league office will be popping champagne corks all summer as well.  Not only did the Finals get record ratings, but they get to market Sid Crosby even more so than they have already been marketing him.  Get ready to watch NBC, (the nothing but Crosby network)  be even more out of whack next season, if that is possible.  Gary Bettman could not have written a better script if he wanted to.

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