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Fans already lining up for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

Fans already lining up for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

The Penguins became the first team since the '97-'98 Detroit Red Wings to win back to back Stanley Cup Championships.

Pittsburgh Penguins fan Matt Nesbella, center, of Pittsburgh, waits for the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup victory parade in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

A year ago, Jake Guentzel watched the Penguins win the Cup on TV after finishing his first few months as pro. A former #1 draft pick, Crosby was dubbed "The Next One" as a play on words on Wayne Gretzky's "The Great One" mantle.

After a fan handed Cole her makeshift Stanley Cup, he gladly raised it in the air in triumph. "He's been a special person for me, a huge mentor". They give every fan within driving distance a chance to collectively celebrate and see their favorite athletes without having to pay the price of admission.

Professional sports have taken over the North American continent and celebration parades have followed suit.

I have never hated Crosby, I have never found a reason to. "I think, first of all, most coaches don't have that type of decision because they don't have two No. 1 Stanley Cup-winning goaltenders at their disposal like we do".




Diver, whiner and arrogant often used to describe Crosby. If the Predators fans had done their homework, they would have realized that comebacks are the rule, rather than the exception with the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey club.

The modern Penguins tend to be a bit more reserved than some teams when they get toward the end of their victory parades.

Rutherford raised the issue before the Stanley Cup Final began. My team just won. Lifts when the chips are down, leads as every captain should and when the big moments call rises to the occasion.

Just as Fleury was for well over a decade, helping the Penguins to three of their five Cups while collecting more wins (375), saves (17.744) and shutouts (44) than any other goaltender in the franchise's five decades of existence.

The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the final Sunday.

Love him or hate him, you can not discredit Crosby's accomplishments on the ice and the leader he has been, plus the dynasty he has built in Pittsburgh now capturing Pittsburgh's 3rd Stanley Cup win in nine years.

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