What a year! What a series! What a weekend! The Pittsburgh Penguins won their third Stanley Cup Championship on Friday night. They previously won in 1991 (6 games over Minnesota North Stars) and 1992 (4 game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks). All three titles were clinched on the road. Evgeni Malkin became the youngest ever Conn Smythe winner as the playoff MVP and the first player to win the Art Ross (regular season scoring) and Conn Smyth in the same year since Penguins great Mario Lemieux did it in 1992.
On a personal note, I went 13-2 on my post season predictions. This is the best I can remember ever doing. If you asked me during the later part of the season or early on in the playoffs, I didn't think there would be any way Pittsburgh would even make the Finals. But as the playoffs progressed it be came "they can beat Philly...they can beat Washington...they can beat Carolina...oh wait, they're in the Finals!"
Here are some articles from the Pittsburgh papers and some nice pictures:
Recap and reactions.
More recap and reactions.
The Penguins even showed off The Cup at Sunday's Pirates/Detroit Tigers interleague game.
Crosby and Team:
Penguins and Cup at PNC (love the skyline in the background)