"I think people thought because I tried it was getting better", Bonino said of his injury.
The reality is this: What the Penguins did this postseason cannot be duplicated.
"What an experience", he said. Crosby took the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman before handing the trophy off to veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey who passed it to veteran forward Matt Cullen, who may have played his final game at the age of 40.
Incredible 12 months for Sidney Crosby: Just think about what the Pittsburgh captain has done in a year's time: two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe tropies for playoff MVP, a World Cup title and even his second Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the National Hockey League this year with 44 goals.
Pekka Rinne has no idea whether he will have another opportunity to play in a Stanley Cup final.
There is an element of good fortune there, and it comes largely from the play of their goaltenders - Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury - playing brilliantly and keeping them in a lot of games.
On the first day of training camp, Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan addressed this Pittsburgh team's long odds. A hot goaltender carrying a team deep into the playoffs isn't anything shocking.
Fedorov has recorded more points in both the regular season and playoffs and Alex Ovechkin is one of the game's all-time great goal scorers, but Malkin has key advantages over both.
After both teams went scoreless for nearly all of regulation, Pittsburgh was finally able to draw first blood when Patric Hornqvist scored with just over a minute and a half left in the game. That is not an insignificant number.
The Preds were this year's surprise team, and they are going to have to show they can handle higher expectations next year.
In 2016, there was 89 games, averaging 1.253 million viewers.
Another bit of awesomeness was the fact Nashville got the better of a more skilled Pittsburgh team throughout much of the series, but that Pens team just had way too much depth and offensive grit to let it go to waste.
The Penguins are not most teams.
The Penguins committed to having a stellar core of forwards by drafting Evgeni Malkin in 2004 and Sidney Crosby in 2005. However, even when Crosby and Malkin are not at their best, the supporting cast is excellent. The lone exception was the year-and-a-half Mike Johnston was their coach.
After his season ended in April because of neck surgery, Letang said he believed in the Penguins ability to overcome his absence primarily because of Crosby and his determination. They don't always need to dominate the possession game.
They then gathered behind Crosby as he wound up and delivered the pitch, and certainly didn't quiet down as he threw - hooting and hollering and taking more videos with their phones.
Lemieux won the second of his two Cups at 26, helping Pittsburgh score repeat wins in 1991 and 1992.
"That group of guys", he said, "what they were willing to do and what they bring, it's all so important".
Seemed to work out OK for the Penguins. That is, quite simply, not likely to happen. Instead of starting a new Stanley Cup, they made a decision to replace rings about every 13 years.
It shouldn't lead to the conclusion that shot metrics don't matter.
It was a unique roster, and it worked for them.
Crosby, who missed significant time a few years ago because of concussion problems that continued to shadow him this season, will never reach the scoring stats that Gretzky piled up.