Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Finals Past: A Penguins History

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Finals Past: A Penguins History

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After their Game 7 victory Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators, the Penguins are headed back to the Stanley Cup final. This year's appearance marks the Penguins' fourth appearance in the Cup final since 2008 and sixth trip total. It is also the third time they have made the championship series in back-to-back years. Here's a look at their previous five Stanley Cup final appearances.

YEAR: 1991

* Opponent: Minnesota North Stars

* Result: Penguins in 6

* Conn Smythe winner: Mario Lemieux

The 1991 Stanley Cup final matchup was a collection of firsts and lasts. It marked the Penguins' first Stanley Cup final appearance and championship, the first time in eight years that an American franchise won the Cup and Minnesota's last Stanley Cup final appearance before relocating to Dallas. The Penguins trailed, 2-1, in the series before winning three consecutive games, capped off by a decisive 8-0 victory in Game 6. Penguins center Mario Lemieux overcame an injury to lead all skaters with 12 points, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

YEAR: 1992

* Opponent: Chicago Blackhawks

* Result: Penguins in 4

* Conn Smythe winner: Mario Lemieux

In their second consecutive Stanley Cup final appearance, the Penguins swept the Blackhawks, but not without a little drama. Chicago entered the series on an 11-game winning streak, and led, 4-1, in Game 1 in Pittsburgh, but the Penguins stormed back to win, 5-4. By sweeping the Blackhawks, the Penguins tied Chicago's NHL playoff record for 11 consecutive wins, then extended their streak to 14 in the following postseason. Center Mario Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second consecutive year, becoming the second player in NHL history to do so.

YEAR: 2008

* Opponent: Detroit Red Wings

* Result: Red Wings in 6

* Conn Smythe winner: Henrik Zetterberg

Detroit played host to the Penguins -- making it back to the final for the first time in 16 seasons -- in the first two games of the series, and the Red Wings took a 2-0 lead by outscoring the Penguins, 7-0. …

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