If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
That was the sentiment of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who touched the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Eastern Conference, and skated with it following a 3-2, double-overtime win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.
Last season when the Penguins eliminated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final, Crosby also lifted the trophy and skated with it. He explained that he didn't touch it in 2008 when the Penguins made it to the Cup Final before losing to the Detroit Red Wings. In 2009, he decided to touch it, and the Penguins defeated the Red Wings to win the championship.
"I think in the '90s when [the Penguins] won, they touched it, and then in '08 when we didn't win, we didn't," Crosby said last year. "So in '09 we decided to go ahead and touch it. We tried to keep that same kind of thing. … Everyone's different; you see teams that don't touch it, but it's gone well when we've touched it here. So we went with that."
Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher opted not to touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, awarded to the Western Conference champion, when they defeated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday to advance to the Cup Final for the first time.
Game 1 of the Cup Final is in Pittsburgh on Monday.