After defeating the Ottawa Senators in a hard fought seven game series, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. The last team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions was the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. That is 19 years since a team repeated. It just goes to show you how tough it is to repeat. The Penguins are in their fourth Stanley Cup Final in the Crosby-Malkin era.
#Pens are 1st back-to-back East champs since, well, the Pens in 08 and 09 -SK— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) May 26, 2017
HOW THEY GOT THERE:
The Pittsburgh Penguins got to the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year by dominating the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round One and winning two hard fought seven game series against the President’s Trophy winner Washington Capitals and the Ottawa Senators. This year, the young players stepped up big time for the Penguins. Jake Guentzel has sixteen points in nineteen games this postseason and leads the playoffs in goals. Connor Sheary has been great once again as these two play the wings on Crosby’s line and these two youngsters have been the key to the Penguins success.
IN ORDER TO REPEAT:
For the Penguins to repeat, they will have to pester Pekka Rinne with shots every game as he has been a brick wall through the postseason with a record of 12-4-0 1.70 GAA .941 SV%, including two shutouts. They will have to continue to play strong up front and on the back end. Matt Murray has taken over for Marc-Andre Fleury after his meltdown in Game 3 against Ottawa. He has the chance to win his second Stanley Cup as a rookie. If he accomplishes this, he will be the second one to accomplish this feat. Since taking over, Murray is 3-1-0 with a .946SV % 1.35 GAA, along with a shutout. If Murray is as dominate as last year, the Penguins are going to repeat.
Can Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin add to their resumes as one of the greatest duos ever?
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