Penguins beat Predators 2-0 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 10:49
The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win consecutive Cups, doing it in 1997 and 1998.
The Crosby-era Penguins are a dynasty.
"From the start, you knew Sid was a phenom and he was going to have a great career and win many Stanley Cups", Lemieux said.
"I think Roman is a guy that we count on a nightly basis to deliver a 200-foot game both ways", Preds coach Peter Laviolette said prior to Game 6. This loss will sting, but the Predators will be able to hang their first banner for a hockey accomplishment in October as Western Conference champions.
After each of the players had their turn with the Cup, head coach Mike Sullivan hoisted it over his head, yelling "thank you boys, you're the best". 'I feel fortunate, but I also understand how hard it was so you just want to try to make the best of it'.
Entering the third period, Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne had stopped 71 of the last 72 shots he had faced at home. Carl Hagelin's empty-netter with 14 seconds on the clock was the final nail in Nashville's Stanley Cup coffin.
All that was left was the celebrating. But referee Kevin Pollock, situated in the corner facing Murray and likely thinking the Penguins goalie had secured the puck, blew the whistle before Sissons' one-handed diving effort poked the loose puck into the net. Failing to score on a 5-on-3 opportunity had to sting. "Let it sink in and take it because to get back here that's what's going to drive us". It happens every 12 years or so; the removed bands go into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The Penguins have exactly one defenseman who scares anyone. Before him, it was Mario Lemieux who won in 1991-1992.
Pittsburgh's win is 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 Penguins are now back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
While Bonino Mussori has been a fan since birth, Gina Stark of Monessen has been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan since the late '80s and said she has stuck through all the ups and downs that have come in that 30-year span. "A lot of these guys played injured in the playoffs and showed a lot of character. He was our leader and picked up the team when we needed it".
The Penguins, who won in six games, are the first National Hockey League team to win Stanley Cup back-to-back titles since the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. As much as the Nashville fans wanted to rattle the 23-year-old with "Murr-ay" chants, he was clearly a huge difference-maker.