It worked once, Ku­nitz, Malkin and Crosby try it again

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - Spec­ta­tor wire ser­vices

Chris Ku­nitz, Ev­geni Malkin and Sid­ney Crosby took a mo­ment to ar­range them­selves in the cor­rect or­der be­fore they picked up the Prince of Wales Tro­phy to­gether.

They wanted to re­cap­ture the mo­ment from last year’s Eastern Conference fi­nal where they broke from tra­di­tion and touched the tro­phy, a move that some su­per­sti­tious hockey play­ers be­lieve will pre­vent a team from win­ning the Stan­ley Cup.

It didn’t stop the Pittsburgh Pen­guins from win­ning the Stan­ley Cup last year and they’ll have an­other chance at the NHL’s cham­pi­onship again this spring.

Ku­nitz scored in dou­ble over­time to lift Pittsburgh over the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors 3-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference fi­nal on Thurs­day night.

It was Ku­nitz’s sec­ond goal of the night. He put away his first goal near the mid­way point of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Ot­tawa’s Ryan Dzin­gel tied the game 2-2 with 5:19 left to play in the third pe­riod. The Pen­guins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games last year to win the fran­chise’s fourth Stan­ley Cup.

Pittsburgh will host the Nashville Preda­tors in Game 1 of the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal on Mon­day.

Nashville ad­vanced to the league cham­pi­onship with a six-game win over the Ana­heim Ducks in the West­ern Conference fi­nal.

It is the Preda­tors’ first-ever ap­pear­ance in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal.

Preda­tor Per­nell (P.K.) Sub­ban was traded to Nashville in the off-sea­son in a block­buster trade with the Cana­di­ens that in­cluded vet­eran de­fence­man Shea We­ber go­ing to Mon­treal.

A Cana­dian team hasn’t made the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal since Van­cou­ver in 2011.


Chris Ku­nitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Pen­guins cel­e­brates with Sid­ney Cros­byand Ian Cole af­ter scor­ing the se­ries win­ning goal in dou­ble over­time Thurs­day.


Pittsburgh Pen­guins’ team cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby holds the Prince of Wales Tro­phy with as­sis­tant cap­tains Ev­geni Malkin and Chris Ku­nitz.

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