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Historical Headlines: Pens Wins Cup

8-0 victory nets 1st NHL crown; Lemieux is MVP

by Bill Modoono / The Pittsburgh Press

This story was originally written by The Pittsburgh Press sports writer Bill Modoono and was published on May 26, 1991. 

Bloomington, Minn. - Nearly a quarter century of failure and frustration for the Penguins came to a most magnificent end last night.

The Stanley Cup - the Stanley Cup! - belongs to the Penguins for the first time in their 24-year history following an emphatic 8-0 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Center.

A standing-room crowd of 15,378 was silenced by three Penguins goals in the first 14 minutes of the first period, giving goalie Tom Barrasso a lead he had little trouble protecting. Remarkably, this was the third consecutive game in which the Penguins had scored three or more first-period goals.

The Penguins won the championship series by four games to two, making it the third consecutive playoff series they won in fewer than the maximum seven games.

"It is a great thrill for the organization and the city of Pittsburgh," said Coach Bob

The Penguins, who before this season has never played in May and had made the playoffs only once in previous seven years, won their first Patrick Division regular-season title. They then beat the New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins in the playoffs to reach the finals.

The toughest series for the Penguins turned out to be the first one, in which they eliminated the Devils in the seventh game.

A major figure for the Penguins was Mario Lemieux, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player.

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