Another dynasty in Pittsburgh: Penguins’ 4th
Stanley Cup calls for greatness
3rd time’s a charm, 4th time’s a dynasty;
The Pittsburgh Penguins legitimized themselves Sunday as one the greatest NHL
teams in history with capturing there fourth overall Stanley Cup title.
The Pittsburgh Penguins reiterated themselves as a legendary
franchise history with yet another Stanley Cup title, and their historic win
over the San Jose Sharks highlights there MVP as one of all-time greats in NHL
history. It was only fitting that the team’s captain Sidney Crosby, took home the
Conn Smythe Sunday night for his MVP effort these NHL playoffs.
Sidney Crosby assures himself as one the greatest to not
only wear a Pittsburgh Penguin jersey, but one of the best players of NHL
ESPN’s hockey personalities Barry Melrose and Stan Levy, was
first to interview the NHL star on winning his second Stanley Cup title in seven
“I think you appreciate it more, having gone through some of
the things we did,” said Crosby. “Coming up short a few of times, when you’re
in it back to back years, and while your young…you think it’s going to be an
annual thing…and it’s not easy.”
Crosby, 28, is in the prime of in his career. The NHL All-Star’s
recent Stanley Cup seamlessly adds to his legacy, and justifies himself as one
of the greatest to NHL forwards of all time.
This a picture perfect scenario in Pittsburgh, for the team
has a great opportunity to continue a potential dynasty.
After dealing with many questions on injuries, coaching
changes, and scraping through just to make playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins’
ceiling seems higher than ever. The future of the franchise seems to be in
great hands with All-Star players like Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to surround
This talented Penguin squad is extremely versatile; surrounded
youth and veterans, the team could be a threat for years.
After winning his second title, and numerous amount of scoring
goals, you could imagine Crosby could be mentioned with some of the greats,
even Gretsky himself; for Crosby too is a scoring machine. Though he didn’t score
in the Stanley Cup Finals, Crosby contributed to the team with four assists.
The impact Crosby has for his team is similar to the influence Gretsky had for
his Kings, Oilers, the inspiration is untimely and interchangeable.
Crosby had scored 36 goals this season, around his average; overall
he has had a whopping 338 in his entire career. The impressive numbers Crosby
possess in just his prime, is intimidating for opponents in the league.
It will be intriguing to see if the Pens can keep up their championship
play next season, reflecting Crosby’s statement, “it is almost impossible to
win every year in this league.”
I dedicate this blog to my old friend, the biggest Pittsburgh
fan I know, Sean Smalstig. R.I.P.
Photo By Andy from Pittsburgh, United States (hoisting the cup) [CC BY 2.0],