Pittsburgh wins second straight Stanley Cup title

Even after dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven final to a Penguins team featuring some of the NHL's most lethal scorers, Nashville stormed back to even the series but ran out of gas and were held scoreless the next two games.

The screenshot below is a photo taken of former Penguins greats Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr after their back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in 1991 and 1992.

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Matt Murray earned the shutout with 27 saves, and Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators as the Cup Final went six games for the fifth time in six years.

Facing the Anaheim Ducks, James Neal got Nashville off to a good start in the series with an overtime goal to give the Preds a 1-0 series lead.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs, said his team had worked hard to keep improving with each game. All within a calendar year.

"This year, we went in with that expectation that maybe we'd have a legitimate shot at it", center Matt Cullen said.

The Detroit Red Wings are the most recent team to win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1997 and '98.

"Everybody's telling us that we can't do it", Coach Mike Sullivan said.

Crosby did have some help. All five of those players are under contract at least two more years.

The Penguins also needed the second-latest clinching goal in regulation to finish off the Predators, who had played their way to their first Stanley Cup Final after being the last team into the playoffs. Patric Hornqvist scored the victor and a second, empty net goal was popped into the net by Carl Hagelin. 'We had a lot of injuries and things like that. At the end of the day, there are a lot of guys in the League that don't understand what it takes to get here; they've never been in this position before and we know what it takes to get here.

The celebration on the ice last a long time. Of course, Sid being the best player in the world again and winning the Conn Smythe.

The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. In the third period, both he and Filip Forsberg had shots ring off the post.

The Predators' incredible, improbable playoff run finally is over.

"Pittsburgh" miraculously survived in the third period, when "Nashville" was a double majority, and the puck several times obstacle the crossbar hotel.

  • Julie Sanders