Since the Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and developed a young nucleus, the Penguins have been compared to the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980’s.
After Saturday’s 6-2 win, the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and are on the verge of becoming the first team since the 1984 Oilers to advance to Stanley Cup finals the year after losing in the finals.
The Oilers dynasty began in the 1984 after losing in the finals the previous year to the New York Islanders.
The Oilers got their rematch in 1984 against the Islanders and beat the Islanders four games to one in the Cup finals to win their first of what would become four Stanley Cups (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) in the 1980’s.
The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings lead the Chicago Blackhawks two games to one in the Western Conference Finals and Pittsburgh may get their rematch in 2009.