Steelers Congratulate Penguins On Stanley Cup Victory

In addition to Crosby's NHL accomplishments over the previous year, he also led Canada to a World Cup of Hockey gold medal and was named MVP in that tournament. Join the Pens Labyrinth team! The Penguins were underdogs to whatever extent it's possible for champions to be underdogs.

"Crosby also became just the third player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in consecutive years as the Stanley Cup MVP to go along with his third championship".

Analytically, there's no reason to overthink this.

And on Sunday, they did it again, defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in a close, tight, tension-filled sixth game of the Stanley Cup final. The whole game changes if that whistle doesn't blow, but it blew.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' run to a second straight Stanley Cup started with a question from their coach: "Why not?" Rinne stopped 27 of 28 shots faced. It wasn't about heart or grit, or whatever. Matt Murray recorded 27 shots for the shutout, his second in a row in this series.

Anthony Bitetto or Brad Hunt, neither of whom have played in the playoffs this year, would have been called on to replace Ellis.

Would it be Marc-Andre Fleury?

They outlasted the Ducks in the NHL Conference Final. But that shouldn't minimize what the Penguins did to get back to the mountaintop.

The series had been a tough one for the Penguins, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. For every other team in the history of the National Hockey League, that probably would've been a death knell.

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Until now, the longest drought without a repeat Cup victor was from 1937 to 1948. They played with an entire defensive corps that wasn't capable of retrieving a hockey puck and moving it up ice. They are a history team, now more than ever.

The game was dominated by bad reffing on both sides, first Nashville scored a goal but the play was whistled dead when the ref had a bad angle and couldn't see the puck. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. Previous year the team lost Ben Lovejoy. It is also the third Cup for Crosby and a handful of teammates from the 2009 title team, surpassing the two won by the Penguins' teams led by owner Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in the 1990s.

"That's probably where the most joy comes out of it - knowing how hard it was to do, back to back", said Crosby, now 29. "We know what we have to do, and I think what we're going to take from this that we're going to have to be even better if we want to become champions".

"We have great chance to win every year".

Jake Guentzel finishes the playoffs with the most goals (13). The 25-year-old Sheary followed that up by collecting 23 goals and 30 assists this season. I've played hockey since I was 2 years old.

The first period featured strong goaltending by Murray and Rinne, with the Penguins outshooting the Predators, 9-8.

For the first time since the late 90s, a team has won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons.

"It was just special to be able to pass it to him, somebody who's probably been through so much and played a long time and can appreciate it as much as he can", Crosby said. And for that, the Penguins mostly have Sidney Crosby to thank. The 2016-17 Penguins season was about a team that had to be incredibly resourceful. But they're at the height of their greatness right now.