Pittsburgh Penguins beat Nashville Predators 2-0 for Stanley Cup

With their 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Penguins became the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to repeat as champions, capping off a remarkable run filled with adversity.

Nashville Predators had every right to be asking those questions after having another goal taken away from them in the Stanley Cup Final.

Sheary capped his rookie season a year ago by scoring four playoff goals, including an overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against San Jose.

With all of that being said, there are no moral wins when you come two games short of winning the Stanley Cup. It was originally started back in 1892.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup Trophy.

For Crosby, Malkin and a select few others, it marked the third time they'd lifted the trophy as Penguins - bringing them even with the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL's salary cap era. Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left.

"There's so many guys who could have easily won that, and I think we just had a group of guys that understood big moments and knew how to find ways to win", said Crosby.

After the game, Subban himself told reporters he's confident his team will make it back to the final soon.

What this team will look like next year with more than 10 unrestricted free agents is anyone's guess.

Thursday night's game was a 6-0 rout by the Penguins, and every game in the series had been decided by at least two goals, with the home team winning every time.

"Sixteenth seed, we're supposed to be out in the first round", said defenseman Ryan Ellis. That is one more than Mario Lemieux - and the Penguins captain is not yet 30 years old. I was fortunate to have him.

"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. Then he made another bold promise, not all that different from his guarantee of a Game 3 win that proved true.

"I'm proud of the guys and the way that they played", Laviolette said.

Our congratulations to the 2017 NHL Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the man advantage, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the third. He's part of the family and a great kid as we all know, a great leader and he's (had an) awesome career so far.

NOTES: Pittsburgh's 5-0 road record with a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup is the best record in National Hockey League history in that situation. The Predators took the body far more often in the first period, outhitting the Penguins 17-8 in a scoreless 20 minutes.

Gretzky remembers beating Philadelphia in 1987 for the Cup and about two into the team's celebration, someone asked: Who won the Conn Smythe? "We tried to do that this series and I thought we did a good job of that".

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray already has two Stanley Cup championships under his belt as a starter, and he just recently turned 23.

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