The Pittsburgh Penguins Capture Second Straight Stanley Cup

Sidney Crosby celebrates Stanley Cup win

He's bringing another MVP trophy, too.

Pittsburgh Penguins defended the National Hockey League title after they defeated Nashville Predators in the sixth game of the Finals with 2-0.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won three championships in the salary cap era, none of them two in a row like the Penguins.

"Of all the interviews and of all the people, Bob Boughner impressed us like no one else", Tallon said. "We feel like we contributed a lot to the win with Jake and some of the other guys, like Carter". I just wanted to see if there was one chance to do it, we would try.

But given the results of the balloting for the NHL's list of its 100 greatest players of all time released at the All-Star Game this season - Malkin was inexplicably left off - apparently his legacy hasn't been cemented in everyone's eyes in the hockey community.

Just as those Penguins teams from the early 1990s owed a lot to their captain - Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in both Cup-winning campaigns - these Penguins have been powered by their leader, Sidney Crosby.

In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, 2017, the Penguins broke a tie score with 1:35 remaining and the Predators couldn't come back.

Another teammate, Logan Couture, said it was "fun" to watch Crosby up close and lauded his vision, play with and without the puck and ability to burst into open space.

All that was left was the celebrating. Trevor Daley took an undisciplined unneccesary penalty on Ellis, right after Olli Maatta took a penalty on Viktor Arvidsson, giving Nashville 32 seconds of 5 on 3. That's what's going to drive us.

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Rather than waving the seafood around in revelry like a smelly, guts-filled Terrible Towel, or, I don't know, stomping on the bottom feeders, more than one Penguins fan was pictured devouring a raw, bloody catfish during Sunday's celebration.

The 28-year-old defenseman, who was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Penguins in March 2015, has blogging for throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

"What an experience", he said. "We paid a high price to get it but the fact of the matter is we have a system where all teams can afford to compete". He did not put a timeline on his recovery while on skates after Sunday's win but said he would not have been able to play if the series had gone to a Game 7. The Predators were the bottom seed in the West, seemingly unlikely to advance out of the first round much less be one of the last two teams standing. The Predators were 9-1 at home this postseason coming into Game 6, and Rinne was outstanding for 58 minutes. Nashville D Ryan Ellis, who sustained an undisclosed injury in the second period of Game 5, was back in uniform and in the starting lineup for Game 6. The 2016 finals feature Penguins and San Jose Sharks. Country star Luke Bryan serenaded fans from the rooftop of a honky-tonk in a performance that kicked off the television broadcast, and he also sang a four-song set for fans inside and outside the arena an hour before face-off. At least five catfish hit the ice before the face-off. "It's hard for us right now because our sights were set on winning the championship like anybody would be when you get to this point and for that, it's disappointing". The ref blew the whistle while he was skating down the ice above the goal line, as opposed to directly behind the net where he is supposed to be while the puck is in the zone. At the age of just 23, Murray looks to be the anchor of the Penguins goal for many years to come.

The disallowed goal will be remembered in Nashville for a long time. On the roster, there are only 10 players eligible to be taken, led by Clayton Keller, Max Domi, Laurent Dauphin and Jacob Chuchrun. Murray made a tremendous save on Mike Fisher, prevented a goal. "I'm glad we still had the same group of guys altogether". Now, the same thing happened this year.

"Way more stressful", said the center. "We really believe we have a unique chemistry within our room". They also became the NHL's first repeat champion since Detroit did it 19 years ago. Mere hours after Sidney Crosby won his third Cup, the hometown museum that touts itself as Home of the Sidney Crosby Exhibit was already coveting new keepsakes. It took a decade, but Ottawa finally made it back to the conference final for the first time since then this spring.

Crosby became the sixth multiple victor of the Conn Smythe Trophy since it was first handed out in 1965 and the third to win it in consecutive seasons, joining Philadelphia's Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) and Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux (1991 and 1992). Only Crosby and Gretzky, however, captained three Cup winners with two playoff MVPs.

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.

Evgeni Malkin, who posted double-digit totals in power play assists, led the strongest sector of the Penguins, the man-advantage unit.

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