Penguins beat Predators to claim Stanley Cup

Penguins beat Predators to claim Stanley Cup

He may have accomplished that, but only after Crosby and his teammates were well on their way to taking control of the series.

The win made the Penguins the first team in almost two decades to repeat as champions while Crosby became just the third player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in consecutive years as Stanley Cup MVP.

In addition to Crosby's NHL accomplishments over the previous year, he also led Canada to a World Cup of Hockey gold medal and was named MVP in that tournament.

In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, 2017, the Penguins broke a tie score with 1:35 remaining and the Predators couldn't come back. All within a calendar year.

The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to repeat, winning in 1997 and '98. The Penguins are the first to do it in the salary-cap era.

And it's the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.

"I was treating this as a once in a lifetime opportunity", Rinne said. Crosby so wanted to taste victory after the defeat that he quickly hopped on a plane to the Czech Republic and helped Canada capture gold at the world championships.

FIRST TIME, NOT THE LAST TIME: Even though Nashville was the lowest-seeded of the 16 playoff teams, one might make a mistake if they look at its first Stanley Cup Final as an outlier.

Mason has been the man behind Crosby's hockey school, which is put on every summer and is also integral to the homecoming parades that have had Crosby bring the Stanley Cup to his hometown. Getting back to the Final and becoming the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 was a far more hard ride because of the injuries and adversity they had to overcome.

Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with only 95 seconds left when he batted a puck that had bounced off the end boards out of mid air, off the net and off goalkeeper Pekka Rinne's back and into the goal.

"We knew it was going to be tough all year, but we just tried to keep with it", Crosby said. This says a lot about this team.

Murray stepped in and never relinquished the job he lost after sustaining a lower body injury during warmups before their playoff-opener against Columbus on April 12.

Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in its 18-year history.

The Pittsburgh power play is 2 of 22 this series and has scored once in its past 19 chances. Sissons and Filip Forsberg each hit the post in the third period. Defensemen Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm will all be between 26 and 28.

The disallowed goal will be remembered in Nashville for a long time. However, the officials disallowed the goal, ruling that the whistle had blown before the puck crossed the line.

"I think there's so many good things that we learned as a group - how to play, how to come together as a team and how to believe in each other", captain Mike Fisher said. "It was tough for sure". Greats like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux - the players Crosby was considered heir to - didn't just win scoring titles and MVPs and Stanley Cups.

And it's the second championship for Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.

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