Penguins Beats Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

Penguins Beats Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

Penguins Beats Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in almost two decades to repeat as champion with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.

It is the first time a team has repeated as champions in nearly 20 years.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy for a second consecutive year after finishing second to teammate Evgeni Malkin with 27 points. But, with Murray injured, Fleury played a pivotal role in getting the Penguins through the first two rounds, including a second-round defeat of the Capitals.

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The Boston University product finished with four goals and three assists in 21 playoff games, including two goals in Game 1 of the Cup Final. Jake Guentzel, who was in the minors for most of the year, led the playoffs with 13 goals.

Matt Cullen acknowledged that Sunday's game may have been his last in the National Hockey League as a player.

The Predators went into Game 6 hoping to keep the series alive with their impressive play on home ice.

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And it's the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.

However, he was the one who came through when it mattered most, scoring the go-ahead goal with 95 seconds left in the third period. Former Kelowna Rocket Colton Sissons poked the puck into the net, but just as the crowd started cheering the referee was waving the goal off. Patric Hornqvist was able to bat a puck out of midair, off of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, and into the back of the net.

The Penguins will be the last team placed on the bottom ring of the Cup, according to The Hockey News, which means in 2018, a new ring will be added to the cup.

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