Pittsburgh Penguins beat Nashville in Game 6, repeat as Stanley Cup champions

Danny Woods
June 12, 2017

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.

The 2017 National Hockey League season ended the same way the previous did - Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head after a Penguins victory.

Ohler said he was well aware of Nashville's track record at home in the series, so instead of putting on the jersey he'd been wearing every other game up until Game 6, he wore one of the team's light blue "Winter Classic" sweaters from a few seasons earlier. Nothing changed this year as Matt Murray's girlfriend watched as her the Penguins took the win over the Predators.

Our congratulations to the 2017 NHL Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. The energy of the Predators was too much to handle for a beat up Penguins team and the momentum was with Nashville.

On their journey, the Predators captivated a city known more for honky tonk than hockey and one that had never before seen their team get beyond the midway point of the postseason. Crosby had three assists in that 6-0 win. It's even harder when you're playing in your first elimination game of the playoffs and it's against the defending Champs. Notable scratches for the Penguins were D Mark Streit, D Chad Ruhwedel and C Nick Bonino. The Penguins didn't have a power play opportunity.

"Obviously, you want to play the last game and battle for the Cup, but that's the way it is", Fleury said, holding his young daughter, wearing a No. 29 jersey with "Daddy" on the back.

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

"You'd really have to convince me there's a better team guy in professional sports", Rutherford said.

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It wasn't that the Predators lacked for chances beyond the disallowed marker.

Yes, it would have been helpful if the Preds didn't go 0-4 on the power play, including a 5-on-3. The Penguins have the distinct edge in having outscored the Predators 9-2 in the opening period.

About a minute into the second period, Filip Forsberg took a wrist shot that Penguins goalie Matt Murray got a piece of, but ended up sneaking underneath his arm and dribbling towards the goal line.

Jake Guentzel led the team in goals during the playoffs, and had both game winners in Games 1 & 2.

Moments later, Pittsburgh players were firing gloves and helmets toward the ceiling, celebrating a hard-earned Cup. And yet again, Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup Champion.

But it was Crosby who willed this team to victory.

Jillian and Trey Thomas, who live about 30 miles outside Nashville in White Bluff, Tennessee, had tickets to the CMA festival but are also die-hard Predators fans.

Evgeni Malkin had 28 points, including three goals in the Cup final. But don't think about that, not yet.

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