The Stanley Cup clincher - game 6 of the Finals - also fell right in line with Crosby's numerical obsession as it was the 87th game of this year's National Hockey League postseason.
The last franchise to go back-to-back was the Detroit Red Wings, whose ridiculously talented Steve Yzerman-led teams won in 1997 and 1998.
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Country music star Luke Bryan opened NBC's Game 6 broadcast of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET with a special performance from the rooftop of Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., and joined McHugh, Milbury, and Jones during first intermission coverage.
Unfortunately, they were robbed of a goal when their obvious score was called back due to "intent to blow the whistle" by the ref.
Rinne had 27 saves on 28 shots, losing for just the second time on home ice in the playoffs.
This was the least talented of the six Penguins teams that made the Stanley Cup final, and it was less talented than the 1993 team, too.
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Say what you will about Nashville's explosiveness, but the Predators sorely missed Ryan Johansen's scoring touch. (Ron Hextall of the Flyers won.) "I don't think any of us really thought about it at all".
"We knew it was going to be tough all year, but we just tried to keep with it", Crosby said. They've never been in this position before and we know what it takes to get here.
General manager Dale Tallon said Boughner sees the game in a modern way and is the right leader to get the Panthers back toward competing for the Stanley Cup. When was the last time you saw catfish on a sushi menu? "It's frustrating you're going to lose a good player with the expansion draft and you're going to have to react to it". "I'm glad we still had the same group of guys altogether". Now, the same thing happened this year. I would not rule out much of anything when it comes to what he will do this offseason. Washington won the President's Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round. It took a decade, but Ottawa finally made it back to the conference final for the first time since then this spring.
Crosby has averaged 1.31 points per-game in the regular season for his career, a mark that's bettered only by Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39). In the end, the Penguins had more than enough in the tank to bring home another title. And there is no shortage of praise flowing in for the MVP of their postseason run, repeat Conn Smythe Trophy victor Sidney Crosby. "Put a lot of medicine into it and wasn't able to push off like I wanted to". Murray is the first goalie with two shutouts in one Cup Final since Boston's Tim Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo had two apiece in 2011.
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I think Gareth will be looking at that, and defensively I don't think he'll like how the team was spread apart. Dembele became the third player of the night to score his first worldwide goal for France .
Crosby had one goal and three assists in that two-game span.