With the win, the Penguins became the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles since the Detroit Red Wings repeated in 1998. It was a curious move at the time. Back-to-back championships are no joke, folks. This team was different, different from a year ago even, and not necessarily in a talent-laden way. And Fleury would stand to make some serious cash with a buyout, along with the opportunity to choose his next team.
Boughner's only previous experience as a head coach came in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires, over two stints spanning eight seasons.
Well, take that, he said.
"We set out to try to go back-to-back", Crosby said. They won multiples of each. They've never been in this position before and we know what it takes to get here. "It was a gutsy, determined group of guys".
That's why the signature moment for Crosby in these playoffs wasn't any of his goals or assists. Only one other player, beyond Crosby and Lemieux, has won back-to-back Smythes since the award was first given out in 1965. "I wanted the big one". "We're still young, still hungry and of course we want more". "I haven't been breathing that good for the last two months, but now I can breathe".
At 68, Rutherford has earned the right to rest on his laurels.
And it's the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.
So where does this place Crosby and Malkin in Penguins lore? He is not the most talented Penguins player of all time, but he proved this year that he is the greatest. Certainly, that is the way it looked in the playoffs.
What they don't have is Crosby and Malkin.
Crosby also became only the third man to win back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies.
"This is pretty insane", Cole wrote after the Sunday's Game 6.
Just like in any family, the baby is undoubtedly the centre of attention, and after the Penguins' victory in Game 6, the little ones had a chance to celebrate by getting as close to the Cup as humanly possible. Rutherford's longtime boss with the Hurricanes, owner Peter Karmanos, is in there as well.
"It's much more fun on the road, I'll tell ya that, if you ever have the opportunity, go". We can do this, ' " said Rutherford. They got away with spare part here and spare part there on the blueline and that by itself is extraordinary by today's standards of what constitutes a championship team. In Gretzky's prime, the average game had 7.5 goals, compared to about 5.25 in recent seasons.
There are signs that it could be the latter.
There's a chance Murray will be replacing the 32-year-old Fleury on a full-time basis after this season.
Jake Guentzel and his jaw-dropping postseason will cost the Penguins a paltry $734,167 in cap space next season, per Cap Friendly. But the Penguins are in pretty decent shape. But 12 players are up for new contracts with six players entering unrestricted free agency. They won one Cup, but otherwise, the Penguins during that time frequently seemed to disappoint in the postseason.
Country music star Luke Bryan opened NBC's Game 6 broadcast of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET with a special performance from the rooftop of Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., and joined McHugh, Milbury, and Jones during first intermission coverage.
Speaking with reporters after the decisive Game 6, Bonino revealed he suffered a broken leg while blocking a shot during the first period of the series' second game - then played the final two periods on it.
"He was in a zone the last two games", said Rutherford.
The referee thought Murray had the puck but it had actually trickled just behind him and into the crease where Sissons had what should have been the opening goal.