Sixteen seed. No one really gave us a chance against anyone and here we are in Game 6.
Later that summer, Crosby hung around the Canadian world junior summer camp in Halifax, eager to soak up any kernel of knowledge he could from this country's top teenagers.
While a parade may not be in the cards this year, Mason said he is proud of Crosby's accomplishments. "There's no way I'm able to play as freely as I have been without Flower being there to support me".
Crosby has been that good.
The team played the entire playoffs without top defenseman Kris Letang, and also dealt with several other key injuries throughout the season. They were fun, talented and confident, and Lemieux was a special talent.
The celebration on the ice last a long time.
With the league promoting _ some might say force-feeding _ non-traditional hockey markets such as Florida, Arizona, Las Vegas (next season) and, yes, Nashville, which proved during this Cup Final just how great the home fans are, Bettman's vision has to include parity in order to maintain a higher level of interest. Dean Lombardi appeared poised to win more championships.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) kisses the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in Game 6 to win the NHL's Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.
It feels nearly surprising that the Stanley Cup was awarded on Sunday evening in Nashville.
"I've said all along here that you don't win championships without character", said coach Mike Sullivan, who is 8-for-8 in playoff series.
Sure, it's a little early to make the comparison.
Brisson thinks Crosby's personal hardships with concussions over the years also made him stronger - physically and mentally. They played in different eras. Last year's game six averaged a 1.6 18-49 rating.
He also becomes just the sixth player to win multiple Conn Smythes.
Gretzky did not win a Stanley Cup or an worldwide championship after his 28th birthday. Only Crosby and Gretzky, however, captained three Cup winners with two playoff MVPs. Is there more in store?
Sullivan sits young players next to Crosby in the team's home dressing room for exactly that reason. Instead, it will go on permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
"Tonight you look at an example of the way (Matt Murray) played".
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby deserved mention among the all-time greats and was "arguably" the finest player in his generation, but that debate has always been over.
The Blackhawks' three Stanley Cup wins between 2010 and 2015 were a huge achievement, given the constraints of the salary cap, but the Penguins just became the first team in almost two decades to win back-to-back titles, and they did so in large part because of Crosby, who led the NHL in goals for the second time in his career and who played some of his best hockey in the playoffs, when the Pens needed to win three tough series in a row in order to repeat.