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Rob Scuderi’s role in winning two Stanley Cups has been huge

Jun 12, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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Rob Scuderi is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and in each Stanley Cup finals he’s played in, he’s seen a huge play center around him.

Back in 2009, Scuderi earned a nickname amongst Pittsburgh Penguins faithful as “The Piece” thanks to his goal mouth work in helping Marc-Andre Fleury keep the Detroit Red Wings from scoring late in Game 6. Ask Penguins fans now and they’ll still crack a smile and remember Scuderi fondly for his efforts in helping the Penguins win the Cup that season.

Then there was last night.

By now you’ve seen Steve Bernier‘s reckless hit on Scuderi a thousand times. Bernier’s major penalty changed the game completely as the Kings would score three times on the power play on their way to winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Once again, it would be Scuderi finding a way to be center stage  during the finals and becoming a folk hero of sorts for another fan base, only this time he’d be bloodied up wearing a face fitting of a hockey player.

After the game, Scuderi was typically understated about the play to Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider.

“It was a pretty hard hit. I haven’t seen it yet but, hey, whatever. At least we were able to capitalize on it and help us win the game.”

All part of the job for a defenseman like Scuderi. From being “The Piece” to surviving “The Hit” he’s got two Stanley Cup rings to wear as his badge of courage.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Great guy, Great player, Great teammate.

  2. miketoasty - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Miss this guy a lot in Pittsburgh, but am so glad to see him continue to be successful.

  3. jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    as a pens fan, i was rooting for the kings for many reasons. scuderi was the biggest though, great guy.

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    You should probably note his nickname was an accident because (if i can remember correctly) he was talking to a reporter about the teams success and he said he was “A piece” of it.

    The reporter thought he called himself “the piece” and bingo bango, a nickname was born…even if it was a running joke.

    • sfbookreviews - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      Actually, he MEANT to say “a” but indeed said “the” by mistake. Funny story, solid hockey player and seemingly a fine human. I’m so happy for The Piece.

      • sfbookreviews - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Since I can’t edit, here’s a direct quote: “I made a pretty brutal quote a couple of days ago,” Scuderi explained. “I was supposed to say, ‘a’ piece to the puzzle, but instead I said, ‘the’ piece to the puzzle. So, it’s not Sid, it’s not Geno. Apparently it’s me.”

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