Because it's the Cup: Penguins fans eat raw catfish to celebrate title

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino had to be shot up with medication just to celebrate with his teammates after the Penguins won the NHL Stanley Cup on Sunday night, according to Sean Gentille of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Allegheny County Airport Authority officials say there won't be a celebration at Pittsburgh International Airport when the Penguins return home. Crosby still could play for another 10 years if he remains healthy.

Crosby has proven to be a generational talent with so many clutch performances, like the golden goal he delivered at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver or the way he played in the final three games of this year's Stanley Cup final against the Nashville Predators.

Game 6 on NBC averaged a TAD of 7.086 million viewers, up 29 percent vs. last year's cup-clinching Game 6 on NBC featuring Pittsburgh and San Jose (5.476 million). It's unclear whether that scenario will repeat itself.

It seems the NHL's lack of parity as far as winning championships in recent years (last nine Stanley Cups have been shared among only four different teams) hasn't hurt its television ratings, yet.

"We were getting chances, just nothing was going in for us", Murray said. "I think the other thing is the leadership that he has".

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The Penguins managed to win the Stanley Cup without star defenseman Kris Letang (neck surgery), which was one of the most impressive aspects of the Cup run. The shot, initially stopped by Matt Murray, trickled free and was tapped in by Colton Sisson.

Brisson thinks Crosby's personal hardships with concussions over the years also made him stronger - physically and mentally.

That means late Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe will no longer have his name on the Stanley Cup. Those two combined for 55 points during this year's Stanley Cup march, as Malkin led the league in postseason scoring (28 points) while Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

"I don't want to sound selfish, but I was treating this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", said Rinne, who struggled in Pittsburgh.

"Knowing Sid and working with him through his hockey school and organizing the parade I've got to know him as a better person than he is a hockey player", he said". Guentzel led the league in goals scored during the playoffs with 13 and also tallied eight assists. The Predators went 0-for-4 with the man advantage in a game in which their opponent didn't get a single power play. They were the lowest ranked seed in the playoffs, played their hearts out and made it to the cup final forcing a game six. With veteran goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury likely leaving this offseason, Murray will finally feel like it is his time to take over full-time in the Penguins net.

Instead, the goal didn't count and the Predators never found the back of the net again. They were dominant teams, and the best of them may have been the 1993 team that was upset by the Islanders in the Eastern Conference final. Fleury will nearly certainly play elsewhere next season and defenseman Justin Schultz is a restricted free agent but may have played himself into a contract too rich for the Penguins to match.

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