Penguins go back-to-back with Stanley

Captain Sidney Crosby also repeats as the winner of the Conn Smythe as MVP after a thrilling final
stanley cup penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins will be doing this all over again this summer after pulling off the rare back-to-back Stanley Cup win last night in Nashville. (© Chrishayworth | Dreamstime.com)


The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2–0 to become the first back-to-back winners of the Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The seven game series finished with Pittsburgh winning 4 games to Nashville's 2. (We predicted the opposite... oopsy!)

Patric Hornqvist (72) scores a late goal to send his Penguins to the Cup. (Getty Embed)

They won the Cup last night after a wild Game 6 played in Nashville. Winger Patric Hornqvist broke a game-long 0–0 tie with a shot from behind the goal that bounced off the shoulder of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net.

There was only 1:35 left to play in the game. A little over a minute later, as Nashville had pulled their goalie and was desparately pressuring for a tying goal, Carl Hagelin scored an empty-net goal for the Penguins.

Carl Hagelin puts the icing on the Penguins' Cup-cake. (Getty Embed)

And that was that!

Crosby remains the best in the world

Teammates Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel celebrate victory after an exhausting playoffs. Between winning in last year's playoffs and playing in the World Cup of Hockey in September, these two athletes deserve a rest! (Getty Embed)

Sidney Crosby also won his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy. This is given out to the most valuable player of the playoffs, and it was pretty tough to argue with Sid winning it. Not only did he have 27 points in the playoffs (trailing only teammate Evgeni Malkin's 28), but he was a key player in so many of Pittsburgh's victories this year.

Last year, the Penguins won the Cup easily by being the best team on the ice. This season, they relied on guts,  great goaltending, and the ability to forget terrible losses when they happened. And, of course, having the best player in the world as their captain!

Also, there may have been a little luck involved...

Poor predators still win over fans' hearts

The Predators salute their incredible fans after a heartbreaking end to their season. (Getty Embed)

Even if you're a diehard Penguins fans, it's hard not to feel for the Nashville Predators. In Game 1, they thought defensemen P.K. Subban had scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup final... until a video replay called the play offside (when a player enters a zone before the puck does).

They outplayed the Penguins in the first two games of the series... only to lose both games.

Then last night, they scored the game's opening goal after Colton Sissons tapped the puck into a wide open net...

It was that close... (Getty Embed)

...only to have found that referee Kevin Pollack had already blown the whistle because he lost sight of the puck a second earlier. Wow, right?

Nashville fans salute their goalie, Pekka Rinne. If people didn't know how much this city loves hockey before, they know now! (Getty Embed)

But Nashville fans stuck by their team. And they were some of the wildest fans we've ever seen! It is estimated that between the crowd in the arena and the fans outside on Broadway, one of the city's main streets, there were about 125,000 people! (The typical hockey arena holds under 20,000 people.) And all throughout the playoffs, there were street parties, concerts, and lots of fun!

The fun never seemed to stop in "Smashville". (Getty Embed)

For a team that had never been to the final before, they sure put on an awesome party!

One to remember

Crosby and P.K. Subban shake hands after an excellent series. (Getty Embed)

In the end though, the Predators, who were was also dealing with important injuries to top team members, just didn't have enough of their own luck to push themselves and win. Of course, there is little shame in losing to a team like the Penguins with one of the greatest players of all-time.

Do you think Sidney Crosby is finished winning Cups? We wouldn't bet against him!


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