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The Steel City Outsiders

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on winning their second straight Stanley Cup Sunday night, the only time that feat has been achieved in the salary-cap era.

The president is having his frustrations these days, so I want to point out that the NHL playoffs were kind indeed to those teams from states that went for Donald Trump last November. Four such teams were among the 16 in the post-season: Pittsburgh, Nashville, Columbus, and St. Louis. None lost a series except when playing against a city from another Trump-voting state. The team Pittsburgh defeated last night in the finals was Nashville, the playoffs’ surprise. Chicago and Boston, on the other hand, made early exits.

And note, finally, what the four teams that Pittsburgh defeated en route to the Cup have in common: Columbus, Washington, Ottawa, and Nashville are all capitals. They had no chance against the Steel City outsider.