For the first time in nearly 2 decades one team has won back to back Stanley Cup Championships!
Something you don’t see to much of in sports is a dynasty like the way it used to be back in the day. The Edmonton Oilers back in the 80s, the 1990s Chicago Bulls, Manchester United in the 90s and 2000s, Spain international soccer team in the 2000s, Los Angeles Lakers etc. But recently the competition has spread out and that makes it more exciting as a sports fan.
However Real Madrid, the spanish soccer giants have completed the double by winning there 2nd consecutive champions league title last week.
ever since the Penguins signed Sidney Crosby back in 2005 the goal was to take this 18 year old wonder and make him the greatest hockey player in the world and to have massive success within the organization.
They have won 3 stanley cup championships in 8 years. Maybe not as much as they hoped for but 3 is great. Especially when the Chicago Blackhawks have also won 3 stanley cups in that time.
The game had started out like every other game in the finals. Exciting, fast paced, and nothing but intensity. There was a moment in the 2nd period that had some controversy. The Nashville Predators had scored and made it 1-0 however the referee immediately waived the goal off as he blew the whistle before the puck had gone in. But why did he blow the whistle? After the initial shot was made i guess the Referee had thought it was covered and blew the whistle. The crowd which was full with 18,000 Nashville fans was in complete shock and felt they were cheated.
In the 3rd period with 1:35 left in the game Pittsburgh had found there way past Pika Renne and was on there way to a 2nd Stanley Cup!
Crosby got started on quite a championship roll in the last 39 months. 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.
It is quite the accomplishment to win the hardest cup in sports 2 years in a row. There is no other sport that comes close of the intensity, heart, passion, blood, sweat that goes into a sport then Playoff Hockey. Players play with broken bones, stitches and anything else. They jump infront of a rubber puck that is traveling 105 km/hr.
They get back up and jump in front again. They play 82 games a season and then potentially another 28 games in the post season.
Pittsburgh has once again claimed the top of the hockey world. The last time they repeated as Stanley Cup Champions was when now General Manager Mario Lemieux and Rookie Jaromir Jagr were taking over the NHL.
Emotional for Lemieux as well as he sees himself in Sidney and loves seeing the success he’s brought to the team.
Another NHL season is done and the next one opens in 3 months. Can the Penguins do the impossible 3 peat??? We will find out in 1 years time.
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