Pittsburgh Penguins defend Stanley Cup title

Pittsburgh Penguins defend Stanley Cup title

If they won the Cup this year, he would have surely retired. The 1998 Red Wings were the last team to win a second consecutive Cup. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS) Chicago Blackhawks center Tanner Kero (67), and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (2), during the first period of their game at the United Center on March 1, 2017 in Chicago.

"We did that, we knew it was going to be tough to get back here but we found a way", said Crosby. We had a lot of injuries.

Donatelli credits Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan for finding the right ways to motivate each player and allow them to contribute, much like he did last season with National Hockey League rookies Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust. "It's great to be able to do it".

"You know, he's arguably the best player of his generation, and he's a guy that just knows how to win".

In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, 2017, the Penguins broke a tie score with 1:35 remaining and the Predators couldn't come back.

Crosby had eight goals and 27 points in 24 games of this playoff run, and it's Game 5 that may have swung the vote in his favor.

Paul Mason, who coached Crosby at the peewee level and maintains a close relationship with the hockey superstar, said people are already asking him about this summer's celebration in Cole Harbour.

The disallowed goal will be remembered in Nashville for a long time.

"It was definitely different but I was just happy I could at least listen to it", he said. Defensemen Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm will all be between 26 and 28. "A lot of people thought he shot on the dryer on objective, but actually when he missed the net he'd hit the dryer and it got blasted by pucks". "We're going to celebrate in Pittsburgh in a few days".

They now have three championships each and the tendency on the day after the Stanley Cup is presented is to bring in the word dynasty, define what is in these new financially-complicated times, and try and figure just how set up the championship team is to win more crowns. Several children in jerseys excitedly waited for autographs from their favorite players and coach Mike Sullivan emerged from the plane hoisting the Stanley Cup.

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Lemieux didn't hesitate: "Oh, of course", he said.

When Nashville finally put one in the net, it didn't count. They were dominant teams, and the best of them may have been the 1993 team that was upset by the Islanders in the Eastern Conference final.

The Nashville Predators deserve many kudos for their postseason run. In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994. Only Dave Bolland's game-winner in 2013 came later in regulation to clinch a Stanley Cup. The 2016 finals feature Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

The thing was: how do you win with those guys? However, the officials waved it off, saying the whistle blew before Sissons scored and drawing jeers from the crowd.

Matt Murray stopped 27 shots in recording his second consecutive shutout. But whatever happens now, he has cemented a special place in the game's history for himself that goes far beyond being one of the first goalies to paint a design on his mask.

Sullivan sits young players next to Crosby in the team's home dressing room for exactly that reason.

This year's win might have been harder than a year ago. Washington won the President's Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round.

The Penguins are the first team in 20 years to go back-to-back.

This season, as the Penguins claimed their fifth title, Rutherford's moves were more subtle, but make no mistake. But the bulk of Pittsburgh's roster, including the Big Three of Crosby, Malkin and Letang, are returning next season. The world will find out next week if Crosby, a finalist for this year's Hart Memorial Trophy, will also end up being named Most Valuable Player.

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