Penguins top Predators for back-to-back Stanley Cups
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 19:01
Detroit went back-to-back in 1936 and 1937; Toronto won three straight in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
It was the second consecutive year Crosby has won the award, making him the seventh player to win it a few times.
The Nashville Predators' improbable run to the Stanley Cup final came to a heartbreaking close on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Penguins denied the gate-crashers of the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs a shot at a fairy-tale finish.
The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. Not a bad way for Matt Murray to finally shed that rookie title. Fellow Swede Carl Hagelin iced this victory with an empty-netter with 14 seconds remaining.
Murray hasn't allowed a goal in a span of 126:52, since allowing a second-period goal to Viktor Arvidsson. Patric Hornqvist, the last pick of the 2005 draft (by the Predators), scored the game-winner for Pittsburgh with 1:35 left by banking the puck off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's left elbow.
This one was a nail-biter, the first competitive game in a series that had followed no formula except that the home team had won each of the first five games.
Murray's mastery continued into the third period when the Predators received and failed to score on a shortened two-man advantage. The puck sneaked through and fell into the crease, where Sissons reached out and poked into the open net behind the goalie.
But Pollock, situated in the corner facing Murray, blew the whistle, probably after losing sight of the puck and assuming Murray had retained possession. A goal that should have counted had referee Kevin Pollack not prematurely blown his whistle.
Instead, the Nashville Predators chose grace and optimism after getting robbed of a goal and losing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
These acquisitions have created a new core of players for Pittsburgh. Each of the eight times play was stopped, a member of the crew skated out and made a barehanded swipe of the fish, skating it out of play.
Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 83 minutes and 23 seconds.
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished off the Nashville Predators on Sunday to become the first repeat Stanley Cup champions in 19 seasons. Tre Kronor won the Worlds in Cologne, Germany last month, and Hornqvist, who was drafted last overall in 2005 (230th) by Nashville, is the third Swede to score the Stanley Cup victor, following Ulf Samuelsson (1991, Pittsburgh) and Henrik Zetterberg (2008, Detroit).
Filip Forsberg (Predators) - As has been the case throughout the postseason, Forsberg was among the most risky players on the ice.
Sean Sabo, of Westmont, went into the game pushing for an emotional win. The Capitals have not made it past the second round of the playoffs during that time which is a major disappointment considering the talent Washington has assembled.