June 11, 2017 - the Pittsburgh Penguins win the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup in Nashville. The Pens defeated the Predators 2-0 when Patric Hornqvist did the damn thing and scored this goal with just 1:35 left in the third period to break what was a scoreless game.
Does it feel like two years? In some ways it feels like yesterday, in some ways it already feels like a forever ago.
Indeed, a scan of the roster report shows nine of the 20 players that dressed that night are already gone. Another (Matt Cullen) may retire and trade speculation is pointing to two more (Olli Maatta and Phil Kessel) maybe/likely/probably also leaving. And that doesn’t count Nick Bonino who missed the game with a broken leg and of course also left the team.
Time moves fast and is unforgiving in the NHL.
But it can’t take away the accomplishment of what went down. Below are some of the pictures available in the blog editor, which are always fun to look back on.
(His hat being messed up always makes me laugh)
The Penguins became the first and to date only back-to-back champions in the NHL’s salary cap era, and given how hard that accomplishment is, that could be an achievement that stands for a very long time.