Sunday, May 28, 2017
Minus Kris Letang, anonymous Pittsburgh Penguins’ defense still thriving
By Will Graves, The Associated Press
May 26, 2017
Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck against Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH — The handful of men who carry out the most thankless of tasks for the Pittsburgh Penguins are a rag-tag group thrown together by circumstance and a touch of foresight by general manager Jim Rutherford.
They are largely anonymous and blissfully so, only too happy to work in the considerable shadows created by the stars who play in front of them and their unquestioned leader, the one forced to watch the franchise’s run to a second straight Stanley Cup Final in immaculately tailored suits from the press box while he recovers from neck surgery.