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Penguins blank Predators, repeat as Stanley Cup champs

15 Juin 2017

The last franchise to go back-to-back was the Detroit Red Wings, whose ridiculously talented Steve Yzerman-led teams won in 1997 and 1998.

And doing it the way Pittsburgh did it?

"He's pretty inspirational when he plays that way and gets to a level that not many guys can get to", veteran Matt Cullen said.

Mere hours after Sidney Crosby won his third Stanley Cup, the hometown museum that touts itself as "Home of the Sidney Crosby Exhibit" was already coveting new keepsakes. Pekka Rinne at home: two goals against into the ninth periods at home.

Letang, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his neck before the playoffs began, will be back for next season.

Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 123 minutes and 23 seconds. Nashville challenged the goal for goalie interference, but it was upheld after a brief review.

"I never thought about it", said Bobby Orr, on an NBC round-table that included Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. "We believed all the way". That was really what we did all season, all playoffs.

Chemistry is one thing. And now Rutherford, starting with the Kessel trade, has been able to find the right pieces to fit around Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and make history.

Murray also stopped Sissons on a breakaway midway through the second and also gloved a shot from Viktor Arvidsson later in the period.

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Chris Flaherty, a student at the Maine Maritime Academy, said he chose to check out the display after the academy's ship docked in Halifax. They have elite forwards and a defence that had enough good players that they could have won the Cup.

Check out the Predators' roster.

Malkin may have led the league in playoff points, but at times went through spurts where he was unable to create offense throughout the course of the game.

Hopefully we can get P.K. Subban to show some love for this young fan, and maybe show her some appreciation for having faith in the Predators after the season ended before she would've liked.

Simply put, this team isn't close to its peak, something that has its core excited, even as it mourned Sunday night's defeat. He has enjoyed an incredible run in the past 39 months, with an Olympic gold medal, a world championship, a World Cup title, the World Cup MVP award, and back-to-back Stanley Cups and Conn Smythes. "We did that, we knew it was going to be tough to get back here but we found a way", said Crosby. Some of the names and faces changed, but throughout that stretch it was a group that made up for what it lacked in raw talent with an excess of character - exactly what the current Hurricanes have been missing the past few years.

"Listen, it's going to sting, it's going to hurt for a while".

"We've got a collection of guys who understand what it takes to win", Crosby said.

There is room under the salary cap, although some of that is probably going toward a new contract for Johansen, a restricted free agent. Guentzel finished just one goal short of the National Hockey League record for most goals by a rookie during the Stanley Cup Playoffs behind only Dino Ciccarelli, who finished with 14. He said his team had worked hard to keep improving with each game.

Penguins blank Predators, repeat as Stanley Cup champs