Just call it the city of champions.

Four months after celebrating the Steelers' sixth Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh police estimated 375,000 people converged downtown again for a parade, this time in honor of the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. People lined streets - in some places standing 20 deep or crowding onto multilevel parking garages - to get a glimpse of the team and the Cup.

The Penguins won their third Stanley Cup Friday in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The parade followed the same route that drew an estimated 300,000 fans in February for the Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII victory.

"Thank you guys," team captain Sidney Crosby told the crowd. "What can I say? I mean, the support you guys have given us, the support you have showed . . . You deserve to be called the city of champions. You deserve the Stanley Cup."


* Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg said it was disrespectful for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby not to shake hands with all of Detroit's players after Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup.

"I think that's one thing you should do," Zetterberg said. "I don't know why he didn't do it, it's disrespectful."

* The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms on a 3-year contract for Paul Maurice, who took over at midseason and helped the team return to the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. Also, the team said Ron Francis would return as associate head coach and take on the title of director of player personnel.

* Todd Richards was hired as the Minnesota Wild's head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made. He'll replace Jacques Lemaire, who resigned in April.

* The Boston Bruins have signed general manager Peter Chiarelli to a contract extension. Chiarelli had 1 year remaining on the 4-year contract he signed in 2006. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

* A bankruptcy judge has rejected the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, who would have moved the team to Hamilton, Ontario. The ruling is a victory for the NHL, which had argued Balsillie was using the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to make an end-run around the league's rules over who owns teams and where they are located.

* Pittsburgh's championship-clinching win over Detroit on NBC on Friday night averaged 8 million viewers. The network said that's the most since Game 6 of the 1973 Stanley Cup finals between Montreal and Chicago. *