There's a reason why Sidney Crosby has won everything there is to be won in hockey. It's what he lives for.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain and superstar celebrated his second straight Stanley Cup victory - and third overall - Sunday night, along with his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy, and told reporters it's winning, and the emotion that comes with it, that keeps him going.
"I think this feeling right now," Crosby said when asked what motivates him. "You can't match this. This is what it's all about, and to be able to share that with a group of guys, and a lot of them guys that you've played a long time with and understand how difficult it is and what you've had to go through and that kind of thing, to share it with family and friends, you know, is just ... that's what it's about."
Crosby called these Penguins - the first club to repeat as champs in almost 20 years - a very special team.
"I'm really happy to be a part of this group, and a good chunk of the guys are returning from last year, so it's pretty special," he said. "You know, we set out to try to go back to back. We knew it was going to be difficult, but I think that's probably where the most joy comes out of, is just knowing how difficult it is now to go back to back and knowing that we overcame all those things. It's a pretty special group."
Mission accomplished. And in the salary cap era, no less.