Sidney Crosby caps stunning and perhaps unprecedented two-year run with Cup
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:25
He still led the tournament in scoring and was named the MVP.
"This is pretty insane", Cole wrote after the Sunday's Game 6.
Later that summer, Crosby hung around the Canadian world junior summer camp in Halifax, eager to soak up any kernel of knowledge he could from this country's top teenagers. "There's no way I'm able to play as freely as I have been without Flower being there to support me".
Crosby has been that good. They were fun, talented and confident, and Lemieux was a special talent.
Fans haven't had much time to celebrate, and will certainly do that Wednesday at the victory parade, but some are already talking about adding a 6th Stanley Cup next year.
Crosby's former minor hockey coach Paul Mason said in an interview on Monday that this drops the Penguins' captain into some pretty elite company.
Sure, it's a little early to make the comparison.
Jones on Crosby: "It's an incredible year". But it doesn't hurt to review his accomplishments against Gretzky's at this point. Even the Chicago Blackhawks, three-time winners with a core of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith hadn't managed to win in back-to-back years.
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The Penguins became the first back-to-back champion in the National Hockey League since Detroit won the Cup in 1997 and 1998.
Crosby went on to record three assists on the team's first five goals in a 6-0 romp to become Pittsburgh's all-time leading scorer in Stanley Cup Finals. Why not? He's in the prime of his career. I could go through every guy (the others being Justin Schultz, Ian Cole, Trevor Daley and Olli Maatta).
Crosby has spent most of his time playing between the likes of Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz - solid players, but not Hall of Famers - and more recently young players like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel. "He did it all, and he's got a running mate in (Evgeni) Malkin that goes a long way in alleviating some of the pressures that come with being a captain and a superstar in this league". But will there be anybody else?
But one of their most gifted players, Kris Letang, did not play after mid-February because of a herniated disc in his neck.
"You are just really excited for him".
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby deserved mention among the all-time greats and was "arguably" the finest player in his generation, but that debate has always been over.
The Penguins capped their 50th season in the NHL's centennial year with the third championship for Crosby and a handful of teammates from the 2009 title team, surpassing the two won by the Penguins teams led by current owner Mario Lemieux in the 1990s. Crosby carried this team to a championship, and that's what the great ones all do.