Tuesday, June 08, 2004
The Lightning defeated the Flames 2-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night. Ruslan Fedotenko scored both Tampa Bay goals. Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy, scoring 12 goals during the postseason, including 7 game-winners.
However, what I will take out of this Stanley Cup Playoff year is that Dave Andreychuk finally won a Cup. He has played 1,759 games in his 22-year career (1,597 regular season games). To put that into semi-interesting terms, I was seven months old when Andreychuk began his NHL career.
Andreychuk has played in Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado, and Tampa Bay. His best years were with the Sabres, where he spent two stints (1982-1993, 2000-2001). He has come close to the Cup Finals on two occasions (1993 with Toronto losing to Los Angeles in the Conference Finals; 2000 with Colorado losing to Dallas in the Conference Finals). If this was Andreychuk's final NHL game, what a way to go out. Seeing Andreychuk raise the Cup was an incredible moment.
I don't care about the current labor situation at this point. Let's appreciate the fact that Dave Andreychuk's name is now off that "most games played without winning a Stanley Cup" list.