STANLEY CUP FINALS GAME 6- Pittsburgh @ Nashville

With the Pittsburgh Penguins having wrapped up the 2017 Stanley Cup Sunday night against the Nashville Predators, it's time for all 31 National Hockey League teams (including new expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights) and their fans to look forward to next season.

Crosby is only the third repeat Conn Smythe victor and the first since Mario Lemieux led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991-92.

Though this series had been close, with the Penguins taking a three-games-to-two lead after their Game 5 win in Pittsburgh, the games themselves haven't been that competitive.

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".

For the first time since the late 90s, a team has won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons. "Just to be alongside him for most of this year, how he's helped me personally and get through these struggles". Every game in the series had been decided by at least two goals, with the home team winning every time.

It was a goaltender's duel for much of the night, with Pittsburgh's Matt Murray posting back-to-back shutouts for his team, to outduel his Predators counterpart, Pekka Rinne, who rebounded from a bad outing one game earlier to give his team a chance as well.

Empty netter: Carl Hagelin outraced the Predators to a loose puck to score the insurance goal. The Penguins didn't have a power play opportunity. Nashville had a clear goal disallowed in the first period, when referee Kevin Pollock blew his whistle too early to nullify Colton Sissons' tally.

The Penguins scored the first goal of Game 6 with 1:35 left in the third period. Crosby scored a goal and made six assists in six Final games.

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.

First-ever trips to the third round and Stanley Cup Final created unforgettable memories, yet the franchise has never experienced a brutal loss like this. They also became the NHL's first repeat champion since Detroit did it 19 years ago. Ellis had a seven-game points streak this postseason. If not Bitetto, then expect Matt Irwin to get in, and given Irwin has more experience I would think he would be the choice.

They powered through the Blues in the Stanley Cup Second Round.

  • Leroy Wright