Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup again after late Game 6 goals
Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for just a second consecutive year.
Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as being the Penguins had become the NHL’s first team in nearly over twenty years to repeat as champions pursuing the 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.
The Penguins won their fifth title – all of which are already clinched on your way – to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth for the all-time list. The Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and ’98 were the very last champion to guard their title, even so the Penguins are the initial to accomplish it from the salary cap era.
“We knew that it was going to be tough all seasons, but we only aimed to keep along with it,” said Crosby, who won his second Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. “We enjoyed a great deal of injuries and items like that. We kept finding ways. That was really everything we did all season, all playoffs. It’s essential so as to take action.”
Hornqvist scored off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s left elbow to absolve the scoreless game. Nashville challenged for goalie interference, but the goal was upheld. With Rinne pulled for an additional attacker, Carl Hagelin set off a bench celebration with an empty netter with 13.6 seconds left.
Nashville lost to add at the first try in regulation on home ice this postseason.
Colton Sissons a goal erased by a whistle 67 seconds on the second period. The Predators went 0 of four while using the man advantage, including 32 seconds of any 5-on-3 inside the third.
Forget a golden anniversary: The Penguins will cap their 50th season with regards to their names about the most well-known silver cup in sports – again. Additionally it is the next championship for Crosby along with a small number of teammates on the 2009 title team, surpassing each won from the Penguins teams led by current owner Mario Lemieux in the 1990s.
And is it doesn’t second championship in Eighteen months for coach Mike Sullivan, who’s yet reduce a playoff series since absorbing after Mike Johnston was fired. Sullivan may be the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice.
Matt Murray took over as the first goalie to win not just one, but two Stanley Cups like a rookie after being a late-season contact last year and didn’t play enough games to have that tag removed. That’s something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever managed, even so the 23-year-old Murray finished this Cup Final shutting out Nashville with the final 126:52.
The loss ended the upstart Predators’ deepest playoff run while in the franchise’s 19-year background the one which has become the talk from the town beyond Music City, catfish and many types of.