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Five reasons why the Penguins could win a third straight Stanley Cup

Five reasons why the Penguins could win a third straight Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins have achieved what few teams have before them, winning back to back Stanley Cups.

The game wasn't decided until the final minutes when Patric Hornqvist scored the go-ahead goal with 95 seconds left and Carl Hagelin scored into an empty net. Geno's 28 points are tied for the sixth-most of any player in a single postseason since the lockout and are the second-most of his playoff career (trailing the insane 36 points he dropped in 2009, when he won the Conn Smythe).

The Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Predators 2-0 Sunday night in Nashville, Tenn., to win their second straight championship. As a true No. 1 center, Johansen will command big coin, and his absence during the Stanley Cup Final after emergency thigh surgery was a difference-maker.

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

The atmosphere both inside, and outside, of Bridgestone Arena, was captivating. "There was no more hard path to win the Cup than what Pittsburgh went through". Murray is the first goalie with two shutouts in one Cup Final since Boston's Tim Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo had two apiece in 2011.

Country music star Luke Bryan opened NBC's broadcast of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. with a special performance from the rooftop of Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville. "This year, many, many different line combinations". They had to initially defeat Columbus, the NHL's most improved team; then the Washington Capitals, victor of the Presidents' Trophy for most regular-season team points; then surprisingly obstinate Ottawa; and finally Nashville, the feel-good story of these playoffs. "What he went through previous year and stuck with it as a team guy".

"I'm not thinking about that because I think we'll still play together for a long time and maybe win", Malkin said. "He is who he is, and we are just so proud of him because of who he is off the ice". Nick Bonino can barely stand up, and he's out there in the celebration. He replaced Marc-Andre Fleury midway through the Ottawa series. The Game 7 against Washington.

At the very least, you don't need to eat it off the streets. "It's just fantastic to be able to do this".

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).

So Lemieux pushed for the cap during the NHL's lost winter, well aware the ripple effects would include a rise in league parity at the potential expense of the dynasties that have been a part of the league since it started awarding the Stanley Cup almost a century ago. In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994. 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.

Given the copycat nature of professional sports it's probably worth looking at just how the Penguins reached this point because there is no doubt that the NHL's 30 general managers outside of Pittsburgh are breaking this title run down to see if there is anyway they can apply it to their teams. "Let's hope that the next feeling that we have is raising the Cup over our head and being Stanley Cup champions".


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