The Reuters global sports blog
The Pittsburgh Penguins won their third Stanley Cup on Friday night with a 2-1 defeat of the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the finals series.
A good evening for co-owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who many credit with saving the franchise or keeping it in Pittsburgh at least.
The most striking thing about the Penguins, however, is the relative youth of their standout players.
Captain Sidney Crosby, widely tipped to be one of the future greats of the game, is just 21, while Russian forward Evgeni Malkin claimed the Conn-Smythe trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs at the age of 22.
As hockey traditions go, the Playoff Beard is relatively new, the New York Islanders widely credited with starting the fad during the 1980s when they won four consecutive hair-raising Stanley Cups.