Sidney Crosby fans celebrate Cup win with pilgrimage to famous dryer

NASHVILLE - It was a half hour after the Pittsburgh Penguins had won their second consecutive Stanley Cup and the general manager of the team - the man who hired the head coach, who last year brought in Phil Kessel and this year traded for Ron Hainsey, while refusing to trade Marc-Andre Fleury - couldn't stop smiling.

Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with only 95 seconds left when he batted a puck that had bounced off the end boards out of mid air, off the net and off goalkeeper Pekka Rinne's back and into the goal.

The Penguins' captain was named the Conn Smythe victor as the playoff MVP for the second consecutive year.

(That the Penguins' 2-0 win over the Predators at Nashville on Sunday night in Game 6 included a horrific early whistle by referee Kevin Pollock that wiped out what should have rightfully been a 1-0 lead for the Predators in the second period is a subject for another space).

Sunday night's victory marked the third time she's seen the Pens win Lord Stanley's cup up close and personal.

Coverage began on NBCSN at 6 p.m. with "NHL Live".

The atmosphere both inside, and outside, of Bridgestone Arena, was captivating. But the best move Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford might have made at this year's deadline was the one he ended up not making. Pre-game coverage also featured segments on Fisher and Penguins goalie Matt Murray. "This year, many, many different line combinations".

We are not predicting they will make it since there are so many obstacles to overcome during the course of the season, but there's no reason the Penguins won't be able to have another strong showing in the 2017-18 season.

"All playoffs long we got better as each series went on", he added.

Heading into the series, we knew that the Predators were at a disadvantage offensively against Pittsburgh, especially with Nashville's top centerman Ryan Johansen sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury.

"We were getting chances, just nothing was going in for us", Murray said. We just kept finding ways. Nick Bonino can barely stand up, and he's out there in the celebration.

While everyone expected the Penguins to trade Marc-Andre Fleury, whose time with the team appears to be coming to an end, Rutherford made a decision to hold onto him. The Game 7 against Washington.

At least that's what this little Predators fan would tell you if you expressed your sadness to her about the loss. "Just an fantastic run for the Pittsburgh Penguins".

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).

"This is pretty insane", Cole wrote after the Sunday's Game 6. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh's tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three - one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era.

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While the Predators opened eyes with their performance in the playoffs, it was not a total shock because the talent level is high and Peter Laviolette is an excellent coach who has proved he knows how to get the most out of his team.

So, for the majority of National Hockey League fans who are not Penguins fans, there is something to look forward to very soon. Only Crosby and Gretzky, however, captained three Cup winners with two playoff MVPs.

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