NHL | Crosby, Pens cap fantastic year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

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NHL | Crosby, Pens cap fantastic year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, a feat that's just incredible.

"One of the best all-time", Lemieux says.

Like them or not, the Pens will be remembered as a dynasty in the salary-cap era.

Another teammate, Logan Couture, said it was "fun" to watch Crosby up close and lauded his vision, play with and without the puck and ability to burst into open space.

"This coaching staff is so appreciative of this group of players and what they go through", Sullivan said.

For better or worse, individual success and team success get tangled up when evaluating a player like Crosby, and given the expectations he faced upon entering the league, winning just one title (early in his career, no less) would have been something of a knock against him.

"It's just incredible to see, considering how beat up they were all year, in the playoffs and probably had the toughest draw I've seen in playoffs in a long time and for them to do that - that's pretty wonderful". Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice. "I haven't been breathing that good for the last two months, but now I can breathe". (Then) I just couldn't do it.

The Predators hit two goal posts - including Colton Sissons rifling a shot from the high slot off the right post that had Murray beat with 10:37 remaining in regulation.

After Guentzel's spectacular start to this season (21 goals in 33 AHL games) and his quick transition out of college a year ago, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Clark Donatelli was not surprised to see the University of Nebraska-Omaha alum prove he belonged with Pittsburgh. But the Penguins are in pretty decent shape. Jaromir Jagr's status in Florida and Joe Thornton's in San Jose could be decided before either becomes an unrestricted free agent. Oddsmakers made them the early favorite for a three-peat, something that hasn't been done since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83, a full year before Lemieux made his National Hockey League debut and almost a half decade before Malkin and Crosby were born. The Penguins were able to build a team that could withstand awful injuries because they had the depth to do so. The goaltending tandem will see change with Marc-Andre Fleury reportedly agreeing to waive his no-move clause for the expansion draft so that the Penguins can protect 23-year-old starter Matt Murray.

After both teams went scoreless for nearly all of regulation, Pittsburgh was finally able to draw first blood when Patric Hornqvist scored with just over a minute and a half left in the game.

"He was in a zone the last two games", said Rutherford.

"You are just really excited for him". Boucher and Burmeister spoke with Phil Pritchard, the "NHL Keeper of the Cup", and interviewed Predators captain Mike Fisher, Penguins D Ron Hainsey, family members of Penguins C Matt Cullen and D Trevor Daley, and country music star Hunter Hayes.

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