Fans already lining up for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

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The teams win their championships elsewhere - in Baltimore or Tampa or, this time, Nashville - and then the people who call themselves Pittsburghers line Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies and the parking garages along the way, cheering as their heroes are driven by in a victory parade. Not bad for a city that, officially, has only 305,000 residents.

"These guys are fierce competitors and they just know how to win", Sullivan said. "Everybody talked about Nashville through those finals, but they've got nothing on Pittsburgh, I'll tell you that". Fleury posted a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 goals-against average in the playoffs, highlighted by a 29-save performance as Pittsburgh posted a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the second round. And judging from signs and chants from the crowd, this championship was sweetened by the adversity the team overcame.

And while it's hard to argue against Sidney Crosby winning the Conn Smythe Trophy - the award given annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the playoffs - those who believe it should have been Guentzel certainly have an argument.

Fans unable to get downtown for the parade can watch on local TV station WPXI, and online on the Penguins website. They will be the favorites going into next season, but for the Blues who now ranked in the middle of the pack with 30 to 1 odds to lift the Cup next season, it will be: is it finally our year?

Now the entire city of Pittsburgh, and Penguins fans all across the globe, are ready to throw the celebration of a lifetime. Murray replaced Fleury in the first period of Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final and held the starting role for the remainder of the playoffs.

Phil Kessel, another fan favorite since the Penguins acquired him from Toronto two seasons ago, drew some of the biggest cheers.

"We were getting chances, just nothing was going in for us", Murray said.

Some fans lined up the night before, and most waited several hours for the parade to start. In a statement released by the Penguins' CEO/president David Morehouse, Moorehouse said that the organization would visit the White House "as a team" and that the Penguins "respect the office of the presidency of the United States".

"If we're somewhere else, it's on the radio", she said. "That Game 5 is something I think we'll all remember", Crosby said.

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