Friday, June 30, 2017

Flashback Friday: Remembering 2003-04

Summer gives us time to look back and reflect on the hockey season.  It gives us time to remember years gone by.  It's time to go back and remember some of the most memorable moments in team history.  This week we remember the 2003-04 season

It's hard to believe, on the end of back-to-back Cups, that the Penguins weren't always a promised thing in Pittsburgh.  The 2003-04 season was the height of that questionable period.  An NHL worst 58 points, an 18 game losing streak, and the debut of Marc-Andre Fleury marked the year.  It was a year that could have possibly been their last.

The year-end recap on Fox Sports Pittsburgh went through a variety of emotions to express as such.  Glimmers of hope, the agony of loss, and the use of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" hit a lot of emotional notes that, to this day, flash me back to that day and get me jammed up.

A full 13 years later this all worked out for the better.  This disastrous season essentially brought the Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.  CONSOL Energy Center would follow a young, promising team and three Cups have followed.  Back then, none of this was promised.  Back then this seemed like the end.  And back then the hope that this video brought was all we had.

Join us next week for Friday Flashback.
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