Ann Arbor native Ian Cole wins 2nd Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh Penguins

Lynette Rowe
June 18, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the NHL's first back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in almost two decades.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won game six by a score of 2-0 to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

To the delight of hometown fans, Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team in nearly 20 years to have back-to-back Stanley Cup wins.

The Penguins won their fifth title - all of them clinched on the road - to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list. Nashville challenged for goalie interference, but the goal was upheld.

"I'm hoping that he's going to save a stick or two from this Cup run", said Bruce Rainnie, executive director of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in Halifax, whose collection of memorabilia includes the famous puck-marked clothes dryer that is part of the Crosby legend.

"There are teams that really want to protect some people and protect their rosters and they are willing to pay a pretty fair price to get us to lay off certain people and go in a different direction", McPhee said.

Nashville lost at home for the second time this postseason - and for the first time at home in regulation. They were one of the most injured teams in the National Hockey League during the regular season, losing just about every important player at some point for at least a short period of time.

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"It stings", said the Predators' P.K. Subban.

The final game of the season will be viewed by many as a controversial one, as the Predators were robbed of a goal when a referee prematurely blew play dead just before Nashville's Colton Sissons scored what should have been the game's opening tally.

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. In the 2016 playoffs, the Penguins yielded 10 goals on the man advantage; this spring, they allowed 12 in one more game played.

Given what Murray did in the past two seasons, you can all but guarantee the Pens will find a way to convince Fleury to either take a buyout or waive his partial no-trade clause so they can trade him or let him go to another team.

This made the Penguins' penalty kill even more important to winning Game 6. Things didn't go our way, but that happens. "But certainly moments here, the whole night, I will never forget". "We believed all the way".

"We've got a collection of guys who understand what it takes to win", Crosby said. He'll know that next time, one shot here or a bounce there, and the trophy will be coming to his side of the ice.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was named the playoff MVP.

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