Penguins Win Stanley Cup In Historic Fashion

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

It was their third cup in the "Sidney Crosby era" - 2009, 2016 and 17 - and the franchise's fifth championship. Only one other player, beyond Crosby and Lemieux, has won back-to-back Smythes since the award was first given out in 1965. 'We had a lot of injuries and things like that.

"I don't know that I've been around an athlete, not just a hockey player but an athlete, that is as driven as Sid is", said Sullivan, who played more than 700 NHL games before stepping into the coaching realm. "I talked at the start of the season about keeping two goalies and these guys did exactly what I hoped they'd do". How about the job by Marc-Andre Fleury in these playoffs? Calgary is listed as the most likely destination in that scenario.

Mason said that it was a attractive run of games for Crosby, whose mother babysat Mason's children when they were younger. "If he asks me, surely I would help again but it's his choice about what he'd like to do with the cup".

I'm going to try and put all of this in perspective as best I can, without mentioning the officiating. It's impossible to directly compare his career with the legends of different eras, especially those of the high-scoring '80s, but I'd take him against anyone. That was last done by Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk in 1952.

"It's obviously very exciting", Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins CEO Jeff Barrett said Monday.

Colton Sissons dove and tapped it home for an apparent 1-0 Nashville lead but the play was negated by the whistle. The Predators appeared to take the lead in the second period. I'm proud of the fans and I'm proud of the fact that the Predators gave so many of us an opportunity of a lifetime. Sports leagues, including the NHL, will always have to deal with the human element. Sometimes and we can't control that unfortunately. The only other franchise that comes close is the Chicago Blackhawks, who won three cups from 2010 to 2015.

"These guys are special players". Sure they will lose some players. Even in this series when it was tied and the Penguins were coming off two blowout losses in Nashville. But for us, we did so many things well and this is such a tremendous run for our team. "He's just such a terrific person and has such an appetite to win, and I think it's really contagious amongst our group".

"I'm just so proud of these guys", Rinne said. This is where the league should have immediately stepped in and said, "You know what?" It's tough to accept.

The celebration on the ice last a long time.

Penguins' Goaltender Matt Murray hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy after a Game 6 victory.

The title defense was certainly not easy for Pittsburgh. Only Boston and NY can approach that.

Last year, the Penguins also clinched the Cup on a Sunday, and the parade was held the following Wednesday.

This November, Cullen was talking to teammates about winning a Stanley Cup.

The atmosphere inside the building was electric right from the warmup, where 15,000 people stood in front of their seats roaring. If this is indeed the end of his tenure in Pittsburgh, two of his final four starts were shutouts, including the masterful Game 7 to eliminate the Presidents' Trophy winners.

Assuming this team keeps Johansen and its young but mature core continues to improve, Nashville is in position to contend for years to come.

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