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Steelers, Pirates, Russell Crowe praise Penguins

Pittsburgh fans celebrate advancing to Eastern Conference Final on social media

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Staff Writer

Actor Russell Crowe was one of many fans who took to social media to celebrate and congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins on advancing to the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday after they defeated the Washington Capitals in overtime in Game 6.

Crowe let his more than 2 million Twitter followers know who he was rooting for.

Tweet from @russellcrowe: Penguins !!!!


When forward Nick Bonino tapped in a rebound in overtime, the gold-clad crowd at Consol Energy Center went into a frenzy.

Tweet from @PensPRLady: Round 3 here comes the @penguins!!!! #PartyHard

It didn't take long for the Penguins' social media following to "Party Hard" after hearing their goal song. In fact, the celebration lasted into the morning.

Tweet from @penguins: Keep the party going! #WSHvsPIT

Penguins co-owner/chairman Mario Lemieux was thrilled to see his team get past its rival for the eighth time in nine Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Tweet from @MarioLemieuxFdn: That win secures the @penguins a spot in the Conference Finals! Congrats to the Pens! #StanleyCup

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto took to Twitter as soon as the game ended.

Tweet from @billpeduto: Yes. Yes. Thank Goodness. Yes.

Pittsburgh pride, also known as 'Burgh pride, was in full effect as fellow professional sports teams chimed in to congratulate the Penguins.

Tweet from @steelers: .@penguins Talk about #BurghProud.

Tweet from @Pirates: .@penguins Movin' On! #LetsGoPens #BurghProud

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was one of many fans to give the Penguins a round of applause.

Tweet from @L_Bell26: congrats PENS ��������

The University of Pittsburgh athletics program took its celebration to the dance floor.

Tweet from @PittAthletics: @penguins Can't Stop the Feeling #Pens #BurghProud

Actor/director/producer and Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello was pretty pumped about the win.

Tweet from @JoeManganiello: YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#LetsGoPens@penguins

Much of the focus was on Bonino after the victory, but one fan requested a GIF of the private celebration with forward Patric Hornqvist and rookie goalie Matt Murray. The Penguins delivered again.

Tweet from @penguins: .@coldestautumn It's a thing of beauty.

And, per tradition, the Penguins did not forget to congratulate the Capitals during the emotional handshake line after another epic series.

Tweet from @penguins: Thanks to the @washcaps for a tight series and congratulations on a great season. This rivalry is second to none.

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