a blog by Iron Horse
Told myself when I started blogging I would never write an article centered around Sidney Crosby, but I guess I can douche on him for a little....
OKAY OKAY.... I won't completely bash Crosby and the Penguins in this blog but just let me say that Crosby was #4 on the list of guys that should have won the Conn Smythe. In order.... (in my opinion)
1. Matt Murray
2. Kris Letang
3. Phil Kessel
My reasoning for these players is simply so I will not bore you with the details...
1. Matt Murray-
Matt Murray was an absolute god sent for this Pittsburgh Penguins team. The Pittsburgh Penguins were a playoff team no doubt because of the starting goaltending this season by Marc Andre-Fluery but when it came down to crunch time Matt Murray won this team their 2nd Stanley Cup in 7 years. At 22 years old (on May 25th by the way) Matt Murray, native of Thunder Bay, Canada is a Stanley Cup Champion.
2. Kris Letang-
Kris Letang played just under 30 minutes and absolutely shut down the top lines and killed penalties for the Penguins who held the Sharks to 1 of 12 in the Stanley Cup Finals. He was +6 and scored the game winning goal against the Sharks to clinch the cup. Without a doubt the anchor on D.
3. Phil "Bulldog" Kessel-
Let me just say that if Phil Kessel were not a hockey player, I would not want that guy living in my neighborhood. I gotta hand it to Phil this year though he played a great game on the power play, was a constant presence in the offensive and neutral zone especially, and amassed a stellar point total of 22P in 24GP (10G 12A).
Sidney Crosby was -2 and was tied for 3rd worst on the entire team in that category. I just do not agree with this decision and in my opinion he only won because he is Sidney Crosby...
Otherwise congrats to the Penguins and the Sharks on a great cup final. Sad that we will be without pro hockey now for quite some time but with this offseason brings new faces. New opportunities for teams to rise and fall and I can't wait to see what 2016-2017 has in store for the NHL.
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