Some desperate Penguins fans have considered that Sidney Crosby may have accidentally broken a mirror sometime during 2009 — perhaps while celebrating the Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory. At the time it seemed certain that the Penguins would lift the Stanley Cup often in the future — or at least routinely contend for it. After all, Crosby was seen as the second coming of The Great One. He was just 21 and already the Captain. Yet it’s taken seven years for Crosby and the Penguins to return to the Stanley Cup Finals — a drought few bookies would have taken action on back then.
Superstition dictates that a broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck. And if the Penguins haven’t quite had that, they also haven’t been lucky enough to return to the Finals. Until now. (The Game 7 dismissal of the Tampa Bay Lightning sends Pittsburgh to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.) Crosby’s teammates from 2009, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, will join him in the pursuit — older and doubtless even hungrier. (Perhaps Malkin or Letang broke the mirror?) Superstition has no place in real life, of course, but it’s always been a big factor in sports. Now with the mirror repaired, the Penguins will again get to see clearly what they’re made of.