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

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

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

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is off to a fast start in Nashville, with both teams with quick scoring chances.

Sidney Crosby was named playoff MVP, earning his second-straight Conn Smythe trophy. They played 25 of a possible 28 games, surviving Game 7s with the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators before fending off the Predators in a series that mostly lived up to expectations in spite of largely lopsided final scores. Pittsburgh didn't get a power play in the game.

Hainsey, who joined the team at the trade deadline, might not have played much with the Penguins this year.

And if Pittsburgh wins this series, take note: Hockey hasn't had a back-to-back-to-back victor since the Islanders won four straight titles from 1980 through 1983.

Then they killed the rest. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn.

The fact this game is in Nashville produces a high probability that Rinne and the Predators will be able to bounce back.

Hagelin iced the game with 14 seconds left when, with Rinne out of the goal in favor of an extra attacker, he scored into the empty net. Possible replacements - Anthony Bitetto and Brad Hunt - stayed on the ice long after the optional skate, which is typically a sign that they'd be scratched for the game. Sullivan is the first USA -born coach to win the Cup twice.

This is the Penguins time, the Predators are forced to begin their quest all over again. The Penguins have the distinct edge in having outscored the Predators 9-2 in the opening period. There's also commemorative towels, pucks, and Stanley Cup replicas for fans to buy and remember the historic season.

Along the way, Crosby overcame two diagnosed concussions - including one this postseason - and helped carry a team that faced plenty of adversity with star defenceman Kris Letang out and a controversial goaltending change to Matt Murray from Marc-Andre Fleury. Filip Forsberg's shot from the wing just over a minute into the second period squeaked through Murray, giving Sissons a loose puck and a wide-open net.

The refs proceeded to try and correct the mistake by making several others.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was livid, but could not challenge Pollock's call because of the intent-to-blow rule. And still, the Pens kept the Preds off the scoreboard, killing off another penalty.

Some 10 minutes later, Sissons was in alone only to be stopped by goalie Matt Murray.

Bridgestone Arena watched the Western Conference underdogs keep the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins scoreless until late in the third period. Hornqvist and Hagelin scored the Penguins' goals in the Cup clincher. The last team with a chance to win back-to-back was Detroit again, but the Penguins ended that run in 2009. Crosby and Malkin are Nos.

The Penguins captain is the sixth player in National Hockey League history with two career Conn Smythe trophies.

"You know, he's arguably the best player of his generation, and he's a guy that just knows how to win".

Nick Kypreos has said for a while now that Vegas's Pittsburgh pick will be Marc-Andre Fleury. He's 23 years old.