Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2017

Patric Hornqvist, the very last pick in the 2005 Draft in which Crosby went No. 1, netted the game-winner with 1:35 left in a nail-biter regulation to deliver a 2-0 win for Pittsburgh and the last Stanley Cup of the NHL's 30-team era. That's something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever managed, but the 23-year-old Murray finished this Final shutting out Nashville for the final 126:52.

He had a good case this season, too, having led the playoffs in points heading into Game 6. At least five catfish hit the ice before the face-off. He had turned to his right, so Sissons was able to dive and poke the puck into the open right side of the goal. He returned for a shift toward the end of that period before proceeding to play an additional 11:52 in Game 2, which the Penguins won, 4-1.

Goalie Matt Murray made the initial stop by attempting to squeeze the puck under his left arm on Filip Forsberg's snap shot from the left circle.

Nashville also had a 32-second, 5-on-3 opportunity in the third but could not beat Murray, who did not allow a goal in the last 146:52 of ice time over the last two games.

Sissons tapped the puck into the net 67 seconds into the second period behind Murray's back. The Predators had a two-man advantage midway through the period, as Olli Maatta went off for holding and Trevor Daley was called for roughing on the penalty kill. "We are die-hards", he said. Sissons recorded a hat trick in the clinching Game 6 of the Anaheim series.

Losing Suter might have been one the best things to happen to Josi. "We believed all the way".

And so ends another National Hockey League season. Washington won the President's Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round.

The Penguins have lost three straight road games, dating to their Eastern Conference final series against Ottawa. Crosby happened to be in the wrong place (the front of the Washington Capitals' net) at the wrong time (when Alex Ovechkin and Matt Niskanen concussed him as he was trying to make a play).

Cracked a smiling Cullen: "Yeah, I love you guys".

Crosby joins fellow Penguins great and current team owner Mario Lemieux (1991 and 1992) and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) as back-to-back trophy recipients.

Thousands of country music and hockey fans have packed into downtown Nashville as two of the city's biggest events converged - the CMA Music Festival and the Stanley Cup Final.

On the blue line, Nashville's top four defensemen of Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are all signed for at least the next two seasons.

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