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The Penguins have won five championships – all of them on the road. Upon his return, Murray would go on to win six of the Penguins’ final nine games on their way to a Stanley Cup victory.
Crosby became the sixth multiple victor of the Conn Smythe Trophy since it was first handed out in 1965 and the third to win it in consecutive seasons, joining Philadelphia’s Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) and Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux (1991 and 1992). In between, he captained the Penguins to a Stanley Cup, won a pair of Olympic gold medals and returned to a high level of play after concussion issues threatened to derail his career. He tallied 10 points over 23 postseason games in the squad’s 2016 Stanley Cup run.
Crosby becomes just the third back-to-back victor of the award, which was first handed out in 1965, after former Penguins captain Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992) and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent (1974, 1975).
The baseball and hockey fan said he has been to Anaheim Ducks games but has never seen Crosby play live. He became the 12th player in UMass history to reach the century mark in points and ranks in the top-15 all-time in career assists (t-7th), points (8th), shorthanded goals (t-8th), power-play goals (t-14th) and goals (t-15th).
The Penguins will be the last team placed on the bottom ring of the Cup, according to The Hockey News, which means in 2018, a new ring will be added to the cup. Nothing changed this year as Matt Murray’s girlfriend watched as her the Penguins took the win over the Predators.
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. Teams are allowed to protect one goalie ahead of the expansion draft, and obviously Pittsburgh will do so with Murray.
“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”.
So, will Sullivan give next season’s Pittsburgh team the same spiel and use the possibility of a three-peat as motivation?
Penguins goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves to record his second straight shutout and win his second Stanley Cup in as many National Hockey League seasons. “We tried to do that this series and I thought we did a good job of that”. “We’ll probably sit in the summertime and try to figure out a way to inspire this group again“.
“I’m hoping that he’s going to save a stick or two from this Cup run”, said Bruce Rainnie, executive director of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in Halifax, whose collection of memorabilia includes the famous puck-marked clothes dryer that is part of the Crosby legend. 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.
Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in its 18-year history. “He was our leader and picked up the team when we needed it”.
“I think there will be more Stanley Cups in their future”.
Letang, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his neck before the playoffs began, will be back for next season.
Colton Sissons dove and tapped it home for an apparent 1-0 Nashville lead but the play was negated by the whistle.