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Back in December, most Pittsburgh Penguins‘ fans were worried that their team might not even make it to playoffs and six months later they witnessed Sidney Crosby lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2009 after defeating the San Jose Sharks in California. In addition, Crosby also got to lift the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Final MVP.
As anyone who knows anything about the game of hockey can tell you, he more than deserved it, even though it might not have shown on the scoreboard most of the time. He scored only six goals and had 13 assists in the 24 games his Penguins played these playoffs, but there was not a single moment where you didn’t see he was the leader of his team. He made all the right decisions when it mattered the most, providing true veteran leadership despite being only 28.
Last night, it was him who dove in front of the Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s shot and passed ahead to Patric Hornqvist for the goal that made it 3-1 for the Penguins.
It was the defense that won the game for the Penguins yesterday and their coach Mike Sullivan was the first to say it:
“In order to win championships, you got to keep it out of your net. You have to become a team that is stingy defensively. Everybody has to buy in to that idea for us to get to where we want to go.”
We couldn’t agree more.