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Penguins win Stanley Cup in final minutes

12 Juin 2017

He's bringing another MVP trophy, too.

The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win consecutive Cups, doing it in 1997 and 1998.

But on Sunday, facing elimination for the first time in their surprising postseason run, the Predators simply could not find a way to solve the Penguins. That was really what we did all season, all playoffs.

Sidney Crosby was named the victor of the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. Evgeni Malkin led the postseason with 28 points.

Now, with his legacy cemented by his unique blend of skill and will, the only question is where Crosby fits among the handful of greatest players of all-time.

"You know, he's arguably the best player of his generation, and he's a guy that just knows how to win". Nashville challenged the goal for goalie interference, but it was upheld after a brief review. The trend continued with Pittsburgh winning Game 5, but Game 6 finally went to the visitors when Patrick Hornqvist scored the game victor with 95 seconds left in regulation. But it's not always about the team trying to close.

All that was left was the celebrating. Once he accepted the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the captain skated around and then handed it off to 36-year-old defenseman Ron Hainsey to raise over his head. The 0-0 score at the end of the first period was the first 20 minutes in the series without a goal beig scored. "Let it sink in and take it because to get back here that's what's going to drive us". It's insane how this year went.

The Penguins would, seemingly, have the leg up on Chicago based exclusively on the last two seasons. Other Penguins wins came in 1991, 1992 and 2009. It was his second straight shutout of the series. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice.

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The Predators fell short to the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night ending their epic season and their shot at winning the Stanley Cup this year. He also set a rookie record with two shutouts in a Cup Final.

"What an experience", he said.

Hornqvist's killer blow - which deflected off Pekka Rinne - left Nashville exposed as they chased the game for an equaliser. Both teams had chances throughout the first two periods. Nashville made the playoffs as the 16th-best team in the regular season before knocking off Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim.

Hill became the latest country music star to sing the national anthem in Music City, joining the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

For 60 nights this spring, the Predators wowed the hockey world, a seemingly unstoppable force on their home ice backed by a rabid and rapidly growing fanbase and a neverending list of celebrity endorsers.

And he had another gem of a stop in the next period before a follow-up save that drew the ire of the Nashville audience - one that, had it not been for a quick officiating whistle, would actually have been a go-ahead goal for the Preds' Colton Sissons. Referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck and whistled down play just before Sissons tipped home the loose puck in the crease. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed. Rinne finished with 25 saves on 26 shots, while Murray stopped all 24 faced. The Predators had their chances, three power plays, including a 5-on-3 in the third period. "We've battled through a lot". Even if his potentially game-changing call was the right one according to the rule book. Things didn't go our way, but that happens. "But certainly moments here, the whole night, I will never forget". "We believed all the way". It's impressive that the Penguins won back to back titles, especially with all of their injuries. By the time the Penguins reached the final, the team was running on fumes.

The goalies dictated the action in the first period.

Penguins win Stanley Cup in final minutes