Mayor promises Stanley Cup parade, but plans unclear so far

Erik Karlsson congratulates Sidney Crosby after the Penguins defeated the Senators in double-overtime of the NHL's Eastern Conference final on May 25

Erik Karlsson congratulates Sidney Crosby after the Penguins defeated the Senators in double-overtime of the NHL's Eastern Conference final on May 25

However, the consistent errors, missed calls, non-calls, and inconsistent calls will put a cloud over this series. He performed miracles and have stoped 27 shots, putting down his second consecutive shutout. He had whistled the play dead when he lost sight of the puck with Murray on the ice between him and the puck. It's tough coming to an end like that, but the guys never gave up, played so hard through lots of types of adversity.

"I think this one was harder than past year", said Rutherford. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the man advantage, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the third. The Penguins countered with wins in the next two games, the one Sunday secured with Patric Hornqvist's "dirty" goal with 1:35 remaining in the third period. They know how to step up with the game. "I think I was able to come back not only quicker but stronger than before".

"Your goal is to win every year and our team just had a collection of guys that knew how to win, knew how to find ways", Crosby said after picking up his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Nashville was the surprise of this year's postseason, as the team made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final from the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Not exactly Conn Smythe worthy. Jake Guentzel, who was in the minors for most of the year, led the playoffs with 13 goals.

His career, which has earned him numerous individual awards, also includes two Olympic gold medals, most notably the 2010 triumph in which he scored the winning goal in overtime. But the same thing happened with Pittsburgh when Marc-Andre Fleury had a disaster of a game and Matthew Murray took over. He isn't afraid to mix it up with anyone and then he tears their heart out with an unbelievable assist or goal that changes the game. But after the Penguins made history with a no-name blue line that is arguably the least impressive to ever win a Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh has shown anything is possible. And did they enjoy it. Partly because he is married to country music star Carrie Underwood, he also has become a part of the face of hockey in Nashville during his seven seasons with the Predators.

"We've got a collection of guys who understand what it takes to win", Crosby said. No longer are the Preds a niche sport with a small fanbase. They have arguably the best top-four defense in the League with Ryan Ellis (age 26), Roman Josi (27), Mattias Ekholm (27), and Subban (28) all in their prime.

Carl Hagelin sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left in leading the Penguins to become the first National Hockey League team in almost two decades to win consecutive championships.

Bonino broke his tibia during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks center Tanner Kero (67), and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (2), during the first period of their game at the United Center on March 1, 2017 in Chicago. He won cups with the Red Wings in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won on the road again, but that didn't make it any less sweet.

A few dozen fans gathered on the tarmac at Atlantic Aviation hangar at Pittsburgh International Airport to greet the team.

"Olczyk: "(Penguins coach) Mike Sullivan pushed a lot of the right buttons.

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