EDITORIAL Another Cup of cheer for Penguins

With his third Stanley Cup as a general manager, including the first back-to-back Cups in the salary-cap era, Rutherford's legacy in the game was assured when his Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday.

Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins watched with bemusement as Nashville became "Smashville" and was then declared a "hockey community" as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final series.

The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to repeat, winning in 1997 and '98.

The Penguins won their fifth Stanley Cup (also 1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016) - tied for the most by any non-Original Six team member. Neither team scored until former Predator Patric Hornqvist beat Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) from a bad angle with 1:35 remaining.

"It's much more fun on the road, I'll tell ya that, if you ever have the opportunity, go". And it's not really that close.

Nick Bonino wasn't healthy enough to play in the final four games of this year's Stanley Cup Final.

"It stings", said defenseman P.K. Subban, brought over in a trade stunner in the offseason and a foil for Crosby all series.

"We didn't get to see the game because we were on the cruise ship", he said. "If you could somehow put our two goaltenders on there - you know, there were games that they stole for us throughout the playoffs". Sissons also had a goal negated 1:07 into the second period, when referee Keith Pollock blew the play dead with the puck laying in the crease and after it trickled through Murray's left arm. Matt Murray pitched back-to-back shutouts for the Penguins. Usually this amounts to shot-gunning one more beer than you should and chanting loudly in the streets, and I'm sure this was the case for many sports fans in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Not only are they the most talented players on the ice almost every night, they also have the ability to find an extra gear few can match in the postseason.

Three of the top 10 markets for Game 6 of the final were in Tennessee, with Knoxville sitting third (10.7) and Memphis coming in at No. 10 (5.4). The game has changed a lot since Lemieux and Jagr played together, and Crosby and Malkin probably won't touch their predecessors' scoring totals. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. The Predators didn't take advantage, and that's on them. "I'm glad we still had the same group of guys altogether". Ottawa did the same thing, forcing the Penguins to double overtime to clinch the Eastern Conference title.

"We've got a collection of guys who understand what it takes to win", Crosby said. "So to be able to accomplish it is a great feeling", said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs. That elevates Murray into the same territory as Montreal great Ken Dryden, who as a rookie led the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971.

Murray became the first rookie goalie to post two shutouts in the Cup Final since the National Hockey League expanded to 12 teams in 1967-68. Grammy winners Cage the Elephant performed during the second intermission after playing at Bonnaroo on Friday night.

  • Julie Sanders