Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

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Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

It took 87 games, but the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs have been competed and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the first repeat champions of the salary cap era (and the first back-to-back winners in almost two decades).

Highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, Game 6, Sunday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Another impressive feat is with his third Stanley Cup ring, Crosby has now passed Mario Lemieux for most by a Penguin, making him the new forever face of the franchise.

Neither team scored until former Predator Patric Hornqvist beat Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) from a bad angle with 1:35 remaining.

Meanwhile, NBC Sports once again set a record in Nashville, which delivered a 28.3 rating - the highest-rated Predators game in that market on the NBC networks.

"I think that we showed that this is a destination for hockey fans, although, I think you're going to have a hard time getting a seat because we fill it ourselves", Megan Barry, the Mayor of Nashville, said. "That's always going to stand really close to my heart". Murray was injured during warmups of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and was unable to return until Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We've proven that we're a team that can compete now and win now", defenseman P.K. Subban said.

"The first two times he made a decision to have community things, and we'll see what happens if he wants to share it with the community again", Mason said.

Nashville's Colton Sissons had a goal erased by a whistle 67 seconds into the second period - referee Kevin Pollock waved it off immediately after whistling the play dead when he lost sight of the puck. But after learning what his exact injury was, it's astounding the Pittsburgh Penguins winger even was able to complete Game 2. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice. As the reigning champions, Pittsburgh was also a team that got its opponent's best effort in every game. Stars have a powerful presence, and it takes another strong personality to coach them. 8 goals and 19 assists. Now, the same thing happened this year.

There, I said it. "We'll see. I'll put a lot of thought and prayer into what's next and we'll see what the Lord wants". Washington won the President's Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round.

Lange's call: "Oh, Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, get me the Brandy!"

Another part that surprised me personally was the fact Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP, now don't get me wrong he's an fantastic player and was clutch when need be.

It should also be noted that the Pens' Matt Murray became the first goalie to roll off consecutive shut-outs in the Finals since 2008. The Predators had four power play chances, and a key 32 second 5-on-3 in the third period, but were held off the board.

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