Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup


With one goal and six assists, Crosby led the Penguins in scoring in his most productive Stanley Cup final, so it was fitting that the 2016-17 season ended with Game No. 87 of the playoffs.

"I can't put that into words", Sheary said Sunday night after the Penguins clinched a second straight championship with a 2-0 Game 6 victory in Nashville.

Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves to give him back-to-back shutouts in Games 5 and 6.

Coming off a 24-save performance in a 6-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday, the 23-year-old closed the Final with a shutout string that spanned 146 minutes and 52 seconds.

Hagelin iced the game with 14 seconds left when, with Rinne out of the goal in favour of an extra attacker, he scored into the empty net. Maybe no team will win four straight Stanley Cups like the New York Islanders did back in the day. The NHL is not handing the Cup to Crosby.Referees are human and the make mistakes, and tonights blown whistle was a mistake by a referee, and they knew they blew it.they knew it nearly immediately and they tried to give it back to Nashville the rest of the way by calling a very one-sided game and giving the Preds many power plays.

Forget a golden anniversary: The Penguins will cap their 50th season with their names on the most famous silver cup in sports - again.

"We believed in each other", Nashville Captain Mike Fisher said. Hainsey had been the National Hockey League player with the most games played (907) without a playoff appearance until this spring.

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Coach Peter Laviolette could replace Ellis by moving Matt Irwin up from the third pair to keep P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm together. The game remained tied 0-0 after two, also the first time for that in the series. Sissons also had a goal negated 1:07 into the second period, when referee Keith Pollock blew the play dead with the puck lying in the crease and after it trickled through Murray's left arm. "I mean, the 16th seed and we had to claw our way into the playoffs".

Both Rinne and Murray had been good at times during this series - but never in the same game. A 2-0 score was the final in the last game of the postseason.

But what the Pittsburgh Penguins achieved in back-to-back years is pretty special. "We're going to celebrate in Pittsburgh in a few days".

Entering the third period, Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne had stopped 71 of the last 72 shots he had faced at home. "He's in that group of guys for me", Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said, standing on the ice after the handshakes. "We lost a lot of guys to injuries".

"Part of the process is listening to all the experts, guys like you guys, telling us we can't do it", he said.

"We hate the result, but our guys gave a pretty good effort, and it's hard for us right now because our sights were set on winning the championship", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette.

  • Kyle Warner