Late goal gives Stanley Cup to Penguins

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

But as insane as the tradition has gotten, Pittsburgh fans took the catfish theme to the darkest timeline on Sunday night after the Penguins late victory in Game 6 brought the Cup back their city for a second straight year. He's bringing another MVP trophy, too.

With the win, the Penguins won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings defended their National Hockey League title in 1998. The NHL certainly didn't suffer when Edmonton won five Cups from 1984-90, playing a blindingly exciting brand of hockey led by Wayne Gretzky and then Mark Messier. The Chicago Blackhawks. However, the Pens are the first team to repeat as champions since the '97-'98 Detroit Red Wings. But in terms of titles, the Crosby-Malkin era has been the most successful run in the Penguins' history. "There was probably a lot of people thinking the same thing". They were the lowest ranked seed in the playoffs, played their hearts out and made it to the cup final forcing a game six.

Crosby is the rare athlete who began his career with the expectation that he'd finish it as one of the all-time greats. Penguins. You bet your ass.

Crosby has proven to be a generational talent with so many clutch performances, like the golden goal he delivered at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver or the way he played in the final three games of this year's Stanley Cup final against the Nashville Predators.

Crosby had eight goals and 27 points in 24 games of this playoff run, and it's Game 5 that may have swung the vote in his favor.

Crosby said he really hasn't considered what consecutive titles and consecutive Conn Smythe trophies means to his legacy. 'I feel fortunate, but I also understand how hard it was so you just want to try to make the best of it'. Carl Hagelin cemented the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left.

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"I don't know how many guys went up this year; I don't have the exact number". Sissons also had a goal negated 1:07 into the second period, when referee Keith Pollock blew the play dead with the puck laying in the crease and after it trickled through Murray's left arm. The Predators had four power play chances, and a key 32 second 5-on-3 in the third period, but were held off the board.

"We've proven that we're a team that can compete now and win now", defenseman P.K. Subban said. "We did that, we knew it was going to be tough to get back here but we found a way", said Crosby. That's what's going to drive us.

Malkin would say "we are young, we are hungry, we want more" while Murray, who shut Nashville out for the final 146:52 of the series said receiving the Cup from fellow goalie Marc-Andre Fleury "was one of the most special moments of my life".

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan hoists the Stanley Cup as Bryan Rust (17) watches after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

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