Puck Dynasty: Penguins in historic company after Cup triumph

The Penguins' Steel City co-tenants, the Pittsburgh Steelers, congratulated the Pens on Twitter for bringing home the cup once again, and reminded people that the city of Pittsburgh is truly the city of champions. "We lost a lot of guys to injuries". He was awarded Conn Smythe both times, but didn't have Crosby's regular season dominance to match with one of those two campaigns mostly missed with injury. "Anything can happen" can be a great thing, but it shouldn't include your referees failing to realize they can review a call after one of the officials screwed up. Yet all I see is him repeatedly banging P.K. Subban's head into the ice.

"I'm not thinking about that because I think we'll still play together for a long time and maybe win", Malkin said.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby deserved mention among the all-time greats and was "arguably" the finest player in his generation, but that debate has always been over.

Only teammate Evgeni Malkin (28 points) had more than Crosby's 27 this postseason. This is where the league should have immediately stepped in and said, "You know what?" Not only are they the most talented players on the ice almost every night, they also have the ability to find an extra gear few can match in the postseason.

It was the kind of performance that gets made into a Disney movie, but don't get used to it. The rest of the Penguins forwards - Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel aside - are meh. "We're going to be back here again next year". Juuse Saros is a capable young backup, but Pittsburgh with their tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray the past two springs show you can't win without a number one and a 1A goaltender.

Crosby, Malkin and others also played in the World Cup of Hockey before the season, making this an even longer year than usual.

The team has to re-sign restricted free agents Conor Sheary and Justin Schultz, as well as find a couple of depth centres. About 400,000 fans came out to last year's parade, held at 11:30 a.m. on a Wednesday.

Crosby and Malkin aren't leaving, are motivated for more, and with Sullivan's coaching, with the steadiness of Matt Murray in goal, with Letang returning on defence, Rutherford is right: There should be more championships in the future.

Across 84 games on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA Network, the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a TAD of 1.387 million viewers, up 11 percent vs. the 2016 postseason (89 games; 1.253 million).

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. As the reigning champions, Pittsburgh was also a team that got its opponent's best effort in every game.

With the National Hockey League schedule for next year set to be released soon, many believe Nashville will be a destination fans of other teams will target for vacation with a hope to see their team play the Predators in the atmosphere they saw on TV.

"They're generational players", Sullivan said.

"I talked at the start of the season about keeping two goalies". Only Crosby and Gretzky, however, captained three Cup winners with two playoff MVPs.

"I think they proved what they're capable of".

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