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Penguins Beat Predators 2-0 For Second Consecutive Stanley Cup

Pittsburgh Penguins players applaud Sunday after defeating a Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of a NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville, Tenn.

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Pittsburgh Penguins players applaud Sunday after defeating a Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of a NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville, Tenn.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins close out a Predators 2-0 Sunday night in Nashville, Tenn., to win their second true championship.

The Penguins have won 5 championships — all of them on a road.

The diversion was scoreless until a third duration when Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left. Carl Hagelin cemented a win by scoring into an dull net with 14 seconds left. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray done 27 saves for his second true shutout.

The final group to have back-to-back Stanley Cup wins was a Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and ’98. The Penguins are a initial to do it in a salary-cap era.

Also for a second true year, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded a Conn Smythe Trophy — awarded annually to a team’s many profitable actor in a playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) kisses a Stanley Cup Sunday after defeating a Nashville Predators in Game 6 of a NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville, Tenn.

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) kisses a Stanley Cup Sunday after defeating a Nashville Predators in Game 6 of a NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville, Tenn.

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The Associated Press reports:

” ‘We knew it was going to be tough all year, though we only attempted to keep with it,’ Crosby said. ‘We had a lot of injuries and things like that. We only kept anticipating ways. That was unequivocally what we did all season, all playoffs. It’s good to be means to do it.’

“Crosby also became only a third actor to win a Conn Smythe Trophy in uninterrupted years as a Stanley Cup MVP to go along with his third championship. He led a Final in scoring with one idea and 6 assists, including 3 in a 6-0 win in Game 5 that put a Penguins on a doorstep of another title. Only teammate Evgeni Malkin (28 points) had some-more than Crosby’s 27 this postseason.

” ‘You have a tiny window to play and have a career,’ Crosby said. ‘I feel fortunate, though we also know how formidable it was so we only wish to try to make a best of it.’ “

Predators Colton Sisson scored a idea in a second duration though it was not authorised — a arbitrate had blown a play passed only before a puck finished adult in a net.

Patric Hornqvist scored a Penguins’ initial idea off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s left elbow.

Nashville challenged a call for goalie interference, though a idea was upheld.

Hornqvist used to play for a Predators though a group traded him to a Penguins in 2014, a front-office preference that final night came behind to punch Nashville.

Shortly after a Penguins scored, Rinne was pulled from a ice to concede Nashville to have an additional attacker, though things didn’t utterly work out for them.

With 14 seconds left in a game, a Pens’ Carl Hagelin put a puck in an defenceless net.

Pittsburgh’s win is a second championship in 18 months for manager Mike Sullivan, who has nonetheless to remove a playoff array given holding over after Mike Johnston was fired. Sullivan is a initial American-born manager to win a Cup not once, though twice.

The array had been a tough one for a Penguins, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Penguins won a initial dual games during home, and afterwards a Predators won a subsequent dual games during home. The Penguins won Game 5 in Pittsburgh.