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Pens Win It All

June 12, 2017

Patric Hornqvist scored a/THE goal with just 1:35 remaining in the third period, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a victory at Nashville, vs the upstart 16th ranked Predators, that gives the Pens a second straight title, this one coming a year to the day on a Sunday night/Tony Awards night, in a game 6 road tilt, vs a team making its first NHL final appearance.

Last year, “Pitts” won at San Jose, on Tony Awards night and much like the great talent/performer Bette Midler, the Penguins refused to yield the “stage,” as hockey champions.

Their great player Sidney Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the second straight season, while goaltender Matt Murray notched his second straight shutout to close out a second Cup winning season, while still considered an NHL rookie player.

The city of Pittsburgh, now a pretty nifty (14-3) in major North American sports league’s final(s) (I am tempted to add the ’67-’68 Pittsburgh Pipers’ title in the first of 9 ABA seasons, but despite Connie Hawkins, I do not) since a truly great 1927 New York Yankees team wiped out the baseball Pirates in 4 straight World Series games, becomes I am pretty certain, the first city, to twice achieve as many as two straight titles from two different teams– the ’91 and ’92 Pens led by current team executive, Mario Lemieux, the awesome ’74 and ’75 then ’78 and ’79 Steelers both won 2 straight crowns.

 

 

Here’s one, the last Cup clinching game won by a road team that ended (2-0) also resulted in another Pennsylvania team, the 1975 Philadelphia Flyers winning a second straight crown, with a game 6 road win.

The last team to win a Cup clincher (2-0) was two years ago when Chicago (Blackhawks won vs Tampa Bay (Lightning) with Duncan “K”eith getting the Cup winner and Patrick “K”ane, who had the Cup winner for Chi in 2010, getting an insurance/other goal.

Philly, which has not titled since, won the ’75 crown at Buffalo vs the Sabres with same letter/first letter of first name players “B”ob or “B”attle Ship and “B”ill Clement scoring to “B”ack “B”ernie Parent’s shutout.

Last night’s Pitts goal scorers have last names starting with “H” the aforementioned monumental goal by “H”ornquivst and an empty net goal by Carl “H”agelin.

“M”urray is an “M,” brilliant in goal (Pekka Rinne in defeat again, allowed but one goal at home, the case in all 3 such tilts in the ’17 Final) but the “M”ight have been lament “M”ust (sorry for this, but having missed the Cup clincher for just the third time in its last 48 “presentations,” I am trying to get more out of it) surface, as a goal by #6 semis star, Colton Sissons of “Nash,” was disallowed as the official lost sight of the puck.

So different down (1-0), but hail the Pens and credit upstart Nashville.

 

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