Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

An Estimated 650000 People Celebrate Penguins At Stanley Cup Parade


Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) celebrates with center Sidney Crosby (87) after scoring an empty-net goal against the Nashville Predators. But the Pens - even without star-studded players like Kris Letang - seem like a well-oiled machine under head coach Mike Sullivan. That Game 5 (a 6-0 home win by Pittsburgh) is something I think we'll all remember. They arrived at 2:30 a.m. but were greeted by other fans who arrived Tuesday night. It turned out to be a great decision because Fleury was called upon to start for the Penguins after Matt Murray was hurt at the beginning of the playoffs.

The moment came during the Penguins' postgame celebration when Fleury found Murray and handed him the Stanley Cup in a symbolic passing of the torch.

If this was the way Marc-Andre Fleury goes out as a Penguin, the final fan interaction he has before the upcoming expansion draft, he'll leave deeply adored.

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According to CBS Pittsburgh, Wednesday's parade drew an estimated crowd of 650,000 fans, up from 400,000 one year ago.

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!"

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray revealed Thursday he missed the first two rounds of the postseason due to a torn hamstring sustained in warmups ahead of Game 1 of the team's first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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As one of the powerhouses in the National Hockey League for virtually the entire year, the Penguins were viewed as favorites to go all the way most of the time. He put up 46 goals and 184 assists during the 11 regular seasons, helped the team make the playoffs 10 times and reach the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.

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