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Wrapping Up The Stanley Cup Final

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Move over, Super Mario.

Mario Lemieux said Sidney Crosby “just might do it” when he passed the torch to his protege in 2006 and it’s official now: there’s a new emperor Penguin in Pittsburgh.

Crosby one-upped his former landlord, teammate and now boss when he collected his third Stanley Cup from commissioner Gary Bettman on Sunday night in Music City, giving his reign one more than Le Magnifique.

Now, with his legacy cemented by his unique blend of skill and will, the only question is where Crosby fits among the handful of greatest players of all-time.

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Why us? Or not again?

Nashville Predators had every right to be asking those questions after having another goal taken away from them in the Stanley Cup Final.

A second period goal — different from the coach’s challenge offside that cost them a score in Game 1 —  should have counted Sunday night.

It would have counted had referee Kevin Pollock not blown his whistle prematurely, costing the Preds an important 1-0 lead on a night when goals were so difficult to come from.

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This Is What It’s All About

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

“Quite a night?” Trina Crosby said as she followed her son, Sidney, off the ice at Bridgestone Arena. “Quite a couple years!”

This was a Stanley Cup that came in twos. Back-to-back championships for the Pittsburgh Penguins. A Conn Smythe Trophy for Crosby in back-to-back years.

A team, and its icon, further etching their place in history together.

“In Sid’s case, I think now we can talk about him being in those top two, three, four guys of all-time,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said after Sunday’s tense 2-0 clinching victory over the Nashville Predators.

“He’s a special player. He’s a special person. … He’s in that group for me.”...

“You can’t match this,” said Crosby. “This is what it’s all about, and to be able to share that with a group of guys, and a lot of them guys that you’ve played a long time with and understand how difficult it is and what you’ve had to go through and that kind of thing, to share it with family and friends, you know, it’s just …

“That’s what it’s about.”

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It’s Two Cups In A Row For The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup.

Congrats to the Pittsburgh organization, fans and all who follow the Penguins.

The Nashville Predators put up a good fight and a great show in their town, all of Nashville should be proud.

Game winning goal from Patric Hornqvist is below...

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Video- The Nashville Goal That Wasn’t

Ref lost sight of the puck, whistle blown.

 

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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Will we have a game 7 on Wednesday?

Pittsburgh @ Nashville, PIT leads 3-2, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

The comment section is all yours.

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Afternoon Line- Dave Molinari

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Mario Lemieux Or Sidney Crosby

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

It has been more than a decade since Mario Lemieux played his last NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and yet no athlete -- perhaps no human being -- is a more prominent presence in the city of champions.

A simple stroll through Pittsburgh is the easiest way to discover how fully the man who arrived in town from Quebec as a lanky 18-year-old in 1984 has been embraced by Pittsburgh. Not to mention the degree to which he has embraced the city right back.

In a region that has revered its sports legends for decades, the former Penguins star and current team co-owner and chairman is seemingly everywhere. For starters, there is the statue honoring him outside the Penguins' PPG Paints Arena. The towering tribute lies mere steps from 66 Mario Lemieux Place, the address bearing the Penguins legend's name and number where the team's former home, Mellon Arena, was once located.

With current Penguins captain Sidney Crosby facing the opportunity to capture his second straight (and third overall) Stanley Cup title on Sunday night (8 ET) at Bridgestone Arena, Lemieux has established an incredibly high bar as the Penguins' reigning star establishes his own legacy around town.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Winning Without A Top Defenseman

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Just when it appeared the Pittsburgh Penguins’ thin blue line was breaking apart - again - at the biggest moment of the season, they banded together for what coach Mike Sullivan called their “best night as a group of six.”

Now, a unit that some didn't give a chance to get past the Columbus Blue Jackets without Kris Letang, has the Penguins on the brink of another Stanley Cup.

“I know we’re no Kris Letangs back here,” Justin Schultz said. “We’re just trying to each step up a little bit and it’s been working so far. We’ve got to get one more win.”

The 2017 Penguins are proving it is possible to win the Stanley Cup without a superstar defenceman, the one thread that ties together each of the champions over the last decade.

Every team had at least one: Letang (2016, 2009), Duncan Keith (2015, 2013, 2010), Drew Doughty (2014, 2012), Zdeno Chara (2011), Nicklas Lidstrom (2008), Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger (2007).

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are One Win Away From Back-To-Back Titles

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We are watching a Penguins team that’s on the verge of something special.

It’s not quite there yet, but it’s looking hard at making some serious history.

How cool is that?

Not that any of the Penguins wanted to talk about the Cup late Thursday night after their 6-0 win in Game 5. No surprise there. Too much still could go wrong, especially in Game 6 Sunday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are 9-1 at home in these playoffs and whacked the Penguins there, 5-1 and 4-1, in Games 3 and 4. That’s why the Penguins will tell you this isn’t the time to celebrate or reflect. There still is the matter of that one more win. Everyone, from Mike Sullivan to all the players, said it will be the toughest win to get.

“You’re close, but it’s far,” Evgeni Malkin said.

Of course, that’s true.

But the last time I checked, these Penguins are humans. Don’t believe it when they tell you they haven’t thought about being remembered as one of the great teams in NHL history.

“It comes into your mind,” Matt Cullen said. “It’s impossible for it not to. We’re all aware of where we’re at. We don’t want to let it slip by.”

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The Hockey Has Not Been Great In The Stanley Cup Final

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There could very well be a Game 7, the apparent ultimate in this oddly one-sided, two-sided Stanley Cup Final.

But will that make this a great and memorable championship series?

Or is this yet another forgettable, turn the page, maybe regrettable Stanley Cup finale?

A not-so-funny thing seems to happen way too often on the way to too many Stanley Cup celebrations.

The first round of the playoffs is exhilarating and breathtaking and frenzied. There isn't anything better in sports. The second round is not quite as dramatic or emotional. The third round of the playoffs starts to drag, just a little.

By the fourth round — the championship round, the one that means the most — it’s often two fighters hanging on the ropes in the 11th and 12th rounds, hoping to get one last punch in, legs wobbling, bodies hurting.

It’s honourable and it’s hometown memorable and there is a certain quality and appreciation you can assign to it, but what it isn’t very often — and hasn’t been through five games of this Cup Final — is great hockey.

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