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Puck Dynasty: Penguins in historic company after Cup triumph

Puck Dynasty: Penguins in historic company after Cup triumph”

Will Tom Sestito be bringing the Stanley Cup won by the Pittsburgh Penguins to Rome for a day? Getting back to the Final and becoming the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 was a far more hard ride because of the injuries and adversity they had to overcome.

The Penguins were just the 15th team over the past 30 years to reach the Stanley Cup Final while getting outshot through the first three rounds of the playoffs (they were outshot by 46 shots). The Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and '98 were the last champion to defend their title.

It's the fifth Stanley Cup for the Penguins, who have won all of their clinchers on the road. Patric Hornqvist was able to bat a puck out of midair, off of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, and into the back of the net.

Pittsburgh had two close calls in the final minute of what was the best period yet of the Final series but were denied by Predators goalie Rinne and hit a post seconds later. "I think that we've got so many guys that are going to take experience from this run and use that to propel them over the offseason and come in during the regular season and do what we need to do". "It's kind of amusing when you go through this experience it's not really about you".

Oh, well. He'll just have to wait until the first round of next year's postseason to add that entry to his already ridiculous resume.

The defending champs had an impressive run to the Stanley Cup, and are quickly becoming the hockey equivalent to the New England Patriots or the Golden State Warriors: a team so dominant year in and year out, they can legitimately and consistently compete for a championship. "It just [stinks] that we're on the losing side of it", Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said. "Please give us the time to get the specifics together, and we will let you know when as soon as the details are available".

Play dead, right? Seeing a loose puck Colton Sissons fired it past Murray for a seemingly good goal.

Crosby was the youngest player in the tournament at 14, playing against kids two and three years older. Nashville roared back at home to even things up, but the Penguins routed Nashville to set up Game 6. It took a decade, but Ottawa finally made it back to the conference final for the first time since then this spring. It had been almost two decades since any National Hockey League team repeated as a Stanley Cup champion, and it had never happened in the salary cap era. "We feel like we contributed a lot to the win with Jake and some of the other guys, like Carter". Nashville finished the series going 0 of 8 on the power play over the final two games. He is the best player in the world, but that designation goes way beyond hockey talent. When he was needed the most, when the finals were at the critical stage, Murray displayed some fantastic performances.

This was the least talented of the six Penguins teams that made the Stanley Cup final, and it was less talented than the 1993 team, too.

But looking at the NHL's recent history, there have been what could be considered other dynastic teams besides the Penguins.

Having won just three of 12 playoff series before this year, Nashville opened this postseason by eliminating the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in four games.

The Penguins' captain was named the Conn Smythe victor as the playoff MVP for the second consecutive year.

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



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