Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto tweeted late Sunday that it was "time to plan a parade" after the Penguins shut out the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to clinch their second consecutive championship. The Cole Harbour, N.S., kid has won Olympic gold, a world championship, a World Cup of Hockey, a World Cup of Hockey MVP, two Stanley Cups and two Conn Smythe trophies in the past 1,205 days. They also became the NHL's first repeat champion since Detroit did it 19 years ago.
The Penguins won their fifth title - all of them clinched on the road - to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list.
Hornqvist scored off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's left elbow, silencing the raucous crowd.
Crosby had 27 points in 25 playoff games, but just one goal and six assists in the Cup Final.
"There's so many guys who could have easily won that, and I think we just had a group of guys that understood big moments and knew how to find ways to win", said Crosby. "That's always going to stand really close to my heart".
Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in its 18-year history. Sure, Nashville's playoff run has been a grueling two-month journey, in which we saw players like Ryan Ellis, who had no business gutting out there for another game, on the ice shift after shift.
"There is just a resiliency on this team, in this locker room that is tough to put into words", wrote Cole, who played for the U.S. National Development Team Program in Ann Arbor before spending three seasons at Notre Dame.
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Nashville's Colton Sissons had a goal disallowed 1:07 into the second period when referee Kevin Pollock blew the play dead before Sissons poked the puck into an open net.
That's part of the reason Hornqvist was in tears on the Penguins' bench as the final seconds ticked down on Sunday.
If it wasn't enough that the Penguins had the best player in the world, they have another who some might consider to be the second-best. There had to be a general fear that the Penguins were finally regressing back to their regular season form on the PK. Country star Luke Bryan serenaded fans from the rooftop of a honky-tonk in a performance that kicked off the television broadcast, and he also sang a four-song set for fans inside and outside the arena an hour before face-off.
But when Rutherford needed somebody to coach the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he took a chance on Sullivan. Murray made his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont., proud by stopping the last 64 shots he faced in the series.
This made the Penguins' penalty kill even more important to winning Game 6. It took everybody the Penguins had to overcome the loss of Letang.