The Pittsburgh Penguins Earned Their Second Straight Stanley Cup

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino came out on the field at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Nashville tied the series 2-2 with strong wins on their home ice, but in the end, Pittsburgh showed their depth and what it is like to have a heart of a champion as they captured the next two games to win their second National Hockey League title in two years, and fifth overall in team history.

The Penguins are home and ready to party with fans after winning their second Stanley Cup in a row.

Rookie Jake Guentzel (NHL rookie playoff record-tying 21 points), Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson all found themselves playing vital roles alongside Pittsburgh's cornerstones at some point during the postseason. A fifth title for the city of Pittsburgh, and remarkably, each Stanley Cup coming via a road win.

"It's hard to win the Cups as we've found over the last 10-12 years", Lemieux said.

Fleury will just have to love it somewhere else and others are also likely to be here when the Penguins raise another banner to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena in October. "We're going to try". With a true No. 1 defenceman in the line-up, Pittsburgh's one weakness will become a definite strength again.

Speaking of Cullen, every time his name was mentioned at the parade a "one more year" chant would break out as fans (and his teammates) tried to convince him to return next season.

This year's parade was different than last year's in that it ended at Point State Park, where a stage was set up so the team and coaches could address the fans.

For all the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophies that fill up Crosby's cabinet, fans continue to dislike the Canadian star. The team has to re-sign restricted free agents Conor Sheary and Justin Schultz, as well as find a couple of depth centres, but they should still have plenty of money left to sign a second-pairing defenceman such as Kevin Shattenkirk or Karl Alzner. The trickle-down effect led to the team naming assistant GM Bill Guerin will take over as general manager of the team's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"It's a totally different season when the playoffs arrive", Reichenbach said.

Crosby will turn 30 in August but he's hardly feeling "old". Obviously it was special to go back-to-back.

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