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Penguins win Stanley Cup

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It’s not how a team starts the season; it’s how they end it.

The Penguins were struggling in the middle of December, but got things figured out and were red-hot at the end of the regular season, stormed through the playoffs and claimed the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup in history with 4-2 series victory over the San Jose Sharks.

A 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes on December 19 dropped the Penguins to 15-14-3 in the young season. Their looked to be some reason to be worried. But the Penguins did not let that slow start take them off track and by the end of the season they were the hottest team in the league, winning 14 of 16 games and carrying that momentum into the playoffs.

In the playoffs they dismantled the New York Rangers in the first round; ended the championship dreams of the Washington Capitals, which had one of the greatest regular seasons in league history; and then showed their resolve against the Tampa Bay Lightning before cruising past the San Jose Sharks in the finals.

The Sharks were trying to make history in their first-ever Stanley Cup finals, but were unable to jump on the Penguins like they were able to in game five of the series as they stayed alive. The Penguins instead were able to take a 2-1 lead in the second period and extend it in the third for the 3-1 victory in game six.

Despite not scoring a goal in the Stanley Cup finals, Penguins star Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. He had two assists in game six and four assists in the finals. In the postseason he scored six goals with 13 helpers. And his second championship solidified him as the greatest player of this generation.

Crosby led the Penguins to a title when he was the promising young stud of the league, who looked like he was destined to be one of the all-time greatest. But now he is the veteran, who was the leader and backbone of this championship team. He won it in a different way, but it was another great victory for him, and the Penguins.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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