Marc-Andre Fleury hands the Stanley Cup to Matt Murray

Claudine Rigal
Juin 12, 2017

Jasmine Tyler, of Clarksville, Tenn., but who grew up in Export, Pa., reacts after a save by Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray, during a screening of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994. Referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck and whistled down play just before Sissons tipped home the loose puck in the crease.

" 'You have a small window to play and have a career, ' Crosby said".

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. However, the officials disallowed the goal, ruling that the whistle had blown before the puck crossed the line.

It was the correct call by rule, but a brutal break for the Predators, who finished the series without a goal in the final 123:23. "I'm proud of the team that we became".

The Predators hit two goal posts - including Colton Sissons rifling a shot from the high slot off the right post that had Murray beat with 10:37 remaining in regulation.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, celebrates as he leaves the ice after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

With the win, the Penguins won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings defended their National Hockey League title in 1998. He finished with a 7-3 record and allowed 19 goals in 11 games.

The goal was a unusual one as Hornqvist shot the puck from behind the net, banking it off of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net. Burling said he thought he could lay through the final gate and then gybe to the finish, but he misjudged it and had to make an extra maneuver, slowing the boat.

The Predators entered the playoffs as the lowest seed in the Western Conference with 94 points and had a daunting road to the NHL's championship round, one that few fans in Music City could realistically have expected they would reach. In the end, the Penguins had more than enough in the tank to bring home another title. "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".

Notes: Lemieux won the Conn Smythe in 1992 and 1992, and Bernie Parent was the first to win the MVP trophy in consecutive years in 1974 and 1975. "To win three Stanley Cups and two Conn Smythe (trophies) in a row is pretty good". Grammy winners Cage the Elephant performed during the second intermission after playing at Bonnaroo on Friday night.

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