However, just in case there were still a few haters who still thought he was overrated, this spring Crosby went out and led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup and his second straight Conn Smyth Trophy.
It capped off back to back Stanley Cup victories for Pittsburgh, the first team to do so in the salary cap era. "This is what it's all about", said Crosby, who joined his teammates riding in pickup trucks, convertible cars and buses in a parade that began on Grand Street and ended at Point State Park.
"I can't take credit for the cup on my head, my dad made that", Rickner said. "And the same thing this year".
The celebration included goalies Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury lifting the Stanley Cup together (likely for the last time as Fleury is not expected to not be back next season), a lot of screaming, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calling for a "three-peat" and Matt Cullen's kids cutting apart Ron Hainsey's clothes. Everybody talked about Nashville through those finals. Throw in last year's Cup run and that total reaches 213 games played in under two calendar years.
While they didn't capture the Presidents' Trophy as the league's best team, the Pens were consistently ranked within the top five of our team power rankings, meaning they were expected to beat nearly every team on neutral ice. "I said a little something previous year and saying if we could do this again". "He's been a special person for me, a huge mentor".
There was a reprise of radio Phil Bourque's signature line about the Cup, first issued as a winger on the 1991 championship team: "Let's take this down to the river, and party all summer!" Ottawa lost in the Eastern Conference finals to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh. We couldn't do it without you. "That Game 5 is something I think we'll all remember", Crosby said. "When (Penguins general manager) Jim (Rutherford) assembles our team like he will over the next couple of months, we're going to have to start from Day 1 of training camp and try to become a team once again".
The #Pittsburgh Penguins are once again the champions of the National Hockey League!
That is how Pittsburgh does it: Conquer the world, then ride triumphantly through the city.