Penguins beat Predators to repeat as Stanley Cup champs

Hazel Gray
June 12, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first team in 20 years to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons, beating the Nashville Predators in the championship series four games to two.

The Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 2-0 win, making them the first back-to-back champions since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. Crosby's accolades include two Olympic gold medals, a golden goal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, a World Cup title, the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2007 and 2014, the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer in 2014 and the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer in 2010 and 2017.

Country singer Tim McGraw hyped up the crowd at the Bridgestone Arena while his wife, Faith Hill, sang the National Anthem ahead of the game. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed.

It turned out, though, that referee Kevin Pollock thought Murray had frozen the puck and prematurely whistled the play dead a split second before Sissons could capitalize.

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"It's going to sting, it's going to hurt for a while", said Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, who made the Predators a Cup contender when he was added in a stunning trade almost a year ago.

Sissons was later stoned by Murray on a clear breakaway in the second period to keep Game 6 scoreless. "Knowing how hard it is now to go back-to-back". But Pittsburgh's penalty kill, which was basically Murray standing on his head, kept Nashville off the board. Sixteen seed. No one really gave us a chance against anyone and here we are in Game 6.

For the Penguins, the championship culminates a 2016-17 seasons that didn't start off on the best skate.

Nashville managed two power plays, which resulted in no shots on goal, and a few break aways and odd-man rushes, that were either flubbed or the Penguins eliminated with their speed. That is one more than Mario Lemieux — and the Penguins captain is not yet 30 years old.

Neither team could score in the first two periods because both goalies were sharp.

It was a goaltender's duel for much of the night, with Pittsburgh's Matt Murray posting back-to-back shutouts for his team, to outduel his Predators counterpart, Pekka Rinne, who rebounded from a bad outing one game earlier to give his team a chance as well.

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