The National Hockey League ended its season last night with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their second Stanley Cup in as many years, defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in a game six performance which capped a gripping series and an even more thrilling playoffs overall.
Taking the sting out of Pittsburgh bringing home their fifth Cup in franchise history — which, let’s be honest, virtually no one outside of Steel City and the NHL marketing department is happy about — is Hockey Night in Canada with an outstanding playoff montage soundtracked by the Verve’s 1997 classic “Lucky Man.”
The clip is chill-inducing at points, with highlights including standout rookie Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) notching their first professional playoff goals, defenseman PK Subban making his presence felt in his first season with the Preds since being traded from the Montreal Canadiens, and, of course, the New York Rangers getting ousted in the second round by the Ottawa Senators.
There were three seven game series, two of them featuring Pittsburgh, plenty of upsets, like Nashville blanking the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and the Anaheim Ducks doing the same to the Calgary Flames. The only non-surprises were Pittsburgh captain and league golden boy Sidney Crosby whining to the refs — and getting a call — whenever an opposing player so much as looked at him sideways, and perennial losers the Washington Capitals getting bounced in the second round for the third year straight.
Check the montage below, as it’s a perfect representation of why the NHL post-season is the greatest in all of sports.