There are moments when the unparalleled thrill and immense delight of being a hockey fan during the Stanley Cup playoffs hits home. For Pittsburgh Penguins fans, they'll always have the memories of Miracle at 34.7 and Petr Sykora's heroics in triple overtime; those legends will become part of the bittersweet learning curve that will undoubtedly result in a Stanley Cup for the Steel City sooner rather than later.
For Detroit Red Wings fans, seeing these warriors each take his spin with the Cup last night was exhilarating and, we imagine, a bit of a relief. The celebration continues with (yet another) party in Hockeytown this Friday.
But for us, the honor and contentment of being a puckhead in 2008 hit home at the end of our Puck Daddy Live Blog of Game 6 last night. At 10:58 p.m., as the Red Wings were skating the chalice, a reader named Manguni chimed in:
hi i'm a fan from indonesia, can't watch a single nhl game on tv here, since there's only espn and star sports here. listened to the game live on nhl radio, and congrats to wings for a great season and hav a great parade at hockeytown!
It was a reminder how wide-spread the love of The Game is, and how the NHL has worked harder than any other league to make its product available to its fans (Versus jokes aside).
Frank sentimentality really gets in the way of our well-honed cynicism, but we want to thank all the readers who have consumed and commented on this blog for the last several weeks. And, of course, we want to remind you that the fun doesn't stop just because the Cup's been awarded. We've got intimate interviews with players, coverage of the NHL Awards, on-site coverage of the NHL Draft, expert analysis and live blogs about the trade and free agent markets, and other assorted nonsense all summer long. There is no off-season here. Much to the chagrin of our rather sleepy editor. Thanks again for reading, and now back to the snark ...