As a sort of follow-up to my husband The Blueline Bandit's top moments of the decade, I am going to share with you my favorite Pens moments of 2009. Being that I am not technologically advanced, I am going to copy in links of YouTube clips of my favorite moments...I am not sure exactly how to add them so you can view them on this page. Read and enjoy, and share your thoughts!
#10 Mike Rupp's First Career Hat Trick
When a fourth liner is racking up the goals in a game, you know you are in pretty good shape. He came back from what we thought was an injury to get his first career hat trick on his son's birthday. They were pretty goals too.
#9 Marian Hossa's Face After Detroit Loses in SCF
This isn't really a Pens moment, but it was a noteworthy moment nonetheless. I couldn't find the picture that I wanted here, but I'm sure you all remember it. We were all looking for it at some point. Ah retribution.
#8 Bing's Hat Trick Against Rangers 11/28/09
Needless to say, this was a great moment. It just so happened that he scored a hat trick on a free hat giveaway night. The sight of all those hats flying like snow was just epic. Bing knows how to wow us fans, and he did not disappoint that night.
#7 Billy G. Scores With 0.4 Seconds Left Against Boston
Down 5-4 against Boston. Empty net. We were on the edge of our seats. Malkin and Guerin head down the ice. Malkin delivers a pretty pass to Guerin, who buries it. Tim Thomas is PISSED. Dups wins it in overtime. If you were at that game, I am jealous of you.
#6 Talbot Ssshhhhhssss the Crowd
Flyers are up 3-0 in Game 6 of the series. Carcillo and Talbot go at it. No reason for Carcillo to engage Talbot in a fight. Talbot loved it. Gave us all the momentum we needed. Pens ended up winning 5-3. Unreal.
#5 Fleury Robs Ovechkin in Game 7 of Series
This was a back and forth hard fought series, and we went into Game 7 expecting a challenge. Fleury makes an unreal glove save on Ovechkin, and we got all the momentum after that. Pens win the game 6-2.
#4 The Save. Fleury stops Lidstrom in final seconds of Game 7 of SCF.
This game just ended lives. We were seconds away from a win, and Detroit was piling it on. Lidstrom takes a shot on net with less than a second, and Fleury makes a save we will never forget. It will play in our minds for years to come.
#3 Malkin HT Against Carolina in Game 2 ECF
We owned Carolina in this series, and Malkin owned Cam Ward in this game. One of the best goals we have ever seen. No look backhander over the shoulder of Ward. Stunned City.
#2 Raising the Stanley Cup Banner in the Igloo
If this didn't give you chills, you might not be alive. Seeing the banner raised again was a proud moment for us Pens fans. I could watch this again and again and again.
#1 Well Of Course, Winning the Cup.
We were in tenth place in February. Morale was down. Then Dan Bylsma comes in and everything turns around. We played with heart and determination. We took down the Flyers in 6, Caps in 7, and swept Carolina. We faced a foe that broke our hearts the year before, who took the Cup in our house. This year was our turn. We took the Cup in THEIR house, and it was beautiful. Seeing our boys raise the Cup, seeing Lemieux raise the Cup again....I will never forget it. I cried. It will be a moment I'm sure we will remember forever.
Share your thoughts on your favorite moments! I hope this season brings us all the excitement that this past year has.
Happy New Year to you all!