Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins!
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup for the 2015-2016 NHL season. The last time Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup was in 2009. The win this past Sunday is the fourth Stanley Cup for the Penguins. They won the Stanley Cup in 1991, 1992, 2009, and 2016.
This morning (June 15th) the Penguins held the Stanley Cup parade which went through downtown Pittsburgh. I found it refreshing to see someone besides Chicago or Los Angeles win it. I’m just saying between 2010 – 2016 (minus 2011 in which the Boston Bruins won) the cup literally went back and forth between Chicago and Los Angeles.
2010 – Chicago Blackhawks (4-2 over Philadelphia)
2011 – Boston Bruins (4-3 over Vancouver)
2012- Los Angeles (4-2 over New Jersey)
2013 – Chicago Blackhawks (4-2 over Boston)
2014 – Los Angeles (4-1 over NY Rangers)
2015- Chicago Blackhawks (4-2 over Tampa Bay)
Basically in a six-year period, Chicago won the cup three times, Los Angeles won it twice, and Boston once. Do not get me wrong, Chicago and Los Angeles are great teams, but I felt like their needed to be a switch-up.
Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smyth Trophy (aka MVP). When the Penguins won the cup in 2009, Evgeni Malkin received the trophy.
I do want to say that San Jose gave it all they had. This was the first time that franchise has ever went to the Stanley Cup Final. While they did not win this time, I believe that if they keep playing the way they do they’ll make it back to the Finals and possibly win. Their goalie, Martin Jones was great. Even though I was screaming at him half the time because I wanted Pittsburgh to win. He did not make it easy and that was the great thing about it. He did everything he could to block their shots. He deserved an award himself for what he did.
With the Stanley Cup Finals over now is the time for NHL Players to vacation, but it is also NHL Draft time. The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is next week, June 24th and 25th in Buffalo.
Calling hockey fans! What did you think of Pittsburgh winning the Cup? Do you have a prediction for next season? Let me know.
Until Next Time!