650000 fans cheer on Penguins at victory parade
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 2:51
The Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup championship, the first an National Hockey League team has won back to back in nearly 20 years, spawned by far the biggest victory parade of any of the franchise's five titles. Last year's parade drew about 400,000 people - the most up to that point - and officials predicted as many as 500,000 might turn out to celebrate the team's back-to-back championships.
Fans were already in place at Point State Park early Wednesday morning ahead of the Penguins Victory Parade that's scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The parade will run along Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies as it did a year ago.
Nashville's failure to capitalize on that opportunity was the turning point in the game, not the garbage goal that eventually won the Cup.
While traveling the parade route, Penguins players seemed more than happy to jump out of the pick up trucks they rode in to greet fans, sign hats and take selfies.
MVP Sidney Crosby was riding with the cup during the Wednesday parade in downtown Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray missed the first chunk of the 2017 postseason, conceding the net to veteran former starter Marc-Andre Fleury while he sat out with injury. Ottawa lost in the Eastern Conference finals to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.
The Penguins, who captured their second straight Stanley Cup championship and fifth in franchise history, became the first team to repeat as champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.
Karla Donahue said if they aren't at the games they're watching on TV. He's the seventh player ever to win the honor multiple times and the third player to win it in back-to-back years, joining Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Bernie Parent (1974-75) and Penguins' legend Mario Lemieux (1991-92). I said a little something a year ago and saying if we could do this again ... The team also won the Cup in 1991 and 1992 and became the first National Hockey League team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997-98.