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Penguin chicks clinch Stanley Cup

Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate with the Stanley Cup after their win in Detroit

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.

The playoff beard grows into a Stanley Cup tradition

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One of the great Stanley Cup traditions is the “Playoff Beard” and with the post-season just underway, you can already tell who might not pick up a razor again until their run at the famous mug ends.

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.

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