Penguins Beat Predators 2-0 For Second Consecutive Stanley Cup

Penguins' owner Mario Lemieux to McGuire: "It never gets old to win the Cup, but this one was a tough one".

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.

Lemieux led the Penguins to their first two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. "We feel like we contributed a lot to the win with Jake and some of the other guys, like Carter". "I think that we've got so many guys that are going to take experience from this run and use that to propel them over the offseason and come in during the regular season and do what we need to do".

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for a second consecutive year following a 2-0 win over Nashville in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"This is what you play for", he said. "So you just want to try to make the best of it".

Chicago Blackhawks center Tanner Kero (67), and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (2), during the first period of their game at the United Center on March 1, 2017 in Chicago. Unfortunately, they were robbed of a goal when their obvious score was called back due to "intent to blow the whistle" by the ref.

"I think this one was harder than a year ago", said Rutherford. No one really even comes close. The next stop is nine days away at the NHL Awards ceremony and announcement of the Vegas Golden Knights' roster. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the man advantage, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the third.

"We've got to let this sink in and embrace it", defenseman P.K. Subban said.

Maybe I'm getting caught up in the moment, but I don't think so. "We're going to celebrate in Pittsburgh in a few days".

Rather than waving the seafood around in revelry like a smelly, guts-filled Terrible Towel, or, I don't know, stomping on the bottom feeders, more than one Penguins fan was pictured devouring a raw, bloody catfish during Sunday's celebration.

And it's the second championship for Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.

Head coach Mike Sullivan was the first person off the plane and he hoisted the Stanley Cup high over his head.




"He is in total control and it's unbelievable to witness", Brisson said in an email.

But the players always responded, enabling the Penguins to successfully navigate perilous playoff waters.

Crosby also became only the third man to win back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies.

Murray is the first goaltender in National Hockey League history to win the clinching game for the Stanley Cup in each of his first two seasons.

Instead, the goal didn't count and the Predators never found the back of the net again. He set a rookie record with two shutouts in the Final. "It doesn't get any better".

All games this season, for the first time in their 19-year history, were sold out.

Television viewership peaked with almost 9.5 million viewers late in the game as the Penguins broke a scoreless deadlock. At least five catfish hit the ice before the face-off.

With 14 seconds left in the game, the Pens' Carl Hagelin put the puck in an unguarded net. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed. The shot, initially stopped by Matt Murray, trickled free and was tapped in by Colton Sisson. "We believed all the way".

Crosby has already won the Rocket Richard Trophy this season and is a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist. Ottawa did the same thing, forcing the Penguins to double overtime to clinch the Eastern Conference title.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup without Kris Letang.

This season, as the Penguins claimed their fifth title, Rutherford's moves were more subtle, but make no mistake. Crosby had three assists in that 6-0 win.

The childhood coach of Cole Harbour's favourite son, Sidney Crosby, said he couldn't be happier to see "Sid the Kid" raise the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row. Pre-game coverage also featured segments on Fisher and Penguins goalie Matt Murray.

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