We're deep into the Summer of Woo now.
The Pens first preseason game is September 15th.
About a month away.
Outside of winning the Stanley Cup, what was the best moment for each player that raised the trophy over his head?
Years from now, what will each player look back on from this season and remember?
Winning the Stanley Cup has to be at the top of everyone's list, but what about individual highlights?
Which mattered the most? Which will never be forgotten?
We did part one on Tuesday.
It included Crosby's game winning goal against Detroit, Guerin's overtime winner versus Philadelphia, Petr Sykora's hat trick, Miroslav Satan's fight and more.
Those moments would be enough to fill an entire season for most teams.
In 2003 we would have sold our mothers for just one of those moments.
The 2008-2009 season was special.
It provided a lifetime of highlights within the span of nine months.
Today we finish off the list of individual player highlights.
Again, we're taking our list from the order that players held the Stanley Cup on NHL.com.
If anyone is missing, blame Gary Bettman.
You'll always remember the guys you played street hockey with growing up.
Even if you lose touch with them, just hearing their name takes you back and puts a smile on your face.
Bryan Loeffler (far right) passed away Sunday night.
He was 23.
For reasons unexplainable, we are just now getting to paying our respects to him.
He was as big a Penguins fan as anyone could claim to be.
Bryan's day with the Cup came too soon.
The end of the "E login no access" is here.
However, there will be issues. We knew this was going to happen, just weren't sure when.
We'll be working all night on fixes and shit. Check back for details.
Updates after the jump
We've never been a big fan of lists, but whatev it is summer. We want every Wednesday to be a top five list, but with a slight twist. We're asking for reader submissions. It can be a top five list about anything you want. Just email us your list, with YouTube links and pics. We'll pick the best one for the week and post it. If no one does it, really we couldn't care less.
Today we have a list by STEVEisME1025.
The Top Five Names in Pittsburgh Penguins History.
It's actually a top ten, but whatev.
Way to show extra effort.
It's that kind of hustle that makes the coach notice you.
Click "Read More."
No one needs to tell you that this was a season of highlights.
One look at a photo of that beautiful silver Cup over Sid's head will tell you that.
Yes, there were the dark times. We watched the Pens blow leads against the Rangers, be shut out by the Lightning and get trounced by the Maple Leafs.
But from the darkness came light.
Obviously the highlight of the entire season was watching the team pass the richest prize in sports above their heads. We watched Sidney Crosby become the youngest captain to win a Stanley Cup, Evgeni Malkin become the first Russian on the Conn Smythe Trophy and Sergei Gonchar finally raise the holy grail above his head at the age of 35.
But, outside of that huge moment, the season was filled with individual highlights. This is a team game, but each team is a collection of individual players. Each one of them probably has a personal highlight from the season.
Today, we're going to guess what each of those highlights are.
Outside of winning the Stanley Cup, what was the best moment for each player that raised that trophy over his head?
These are our choices.
Now, we're taking our player list from the list posted on NHL.com so, if we missed anyone, blame them, not us.
Have to these days.
Imagine living during the great depression. You'd have to kill your entire family over a happy meal.
Patrick Kane teabagged some old guy in a taxi in buffalo.[Second City]
He got arrested and everyone is all worked up about it. Great points made by the Second City at that link on why it is not a big deal.
All we are mad about it is that no one made this photoshop.
[Mirtle] has a shot of the old guy he punched.
There has to be more to the story. This guy was probaby pissed off he missed a Columbo marathon and thought he was Archie Bunker or something.
Whatev, we're really looking forward to using this pic in a Blackhawks recap. Hopefully someone brings a poster of this guy to the Mellon when the Blackhawks play the champs.
Crosby could play it for you.
For jokes like us, who grew up playing on tennis courts, this is funny.