Penguins blank Predators, repeat as Stanley Cup champs

Erik Karlsson congratulates Sidney Crosby after the Penguins defeated the Senators in double-overtime of the NHL's Eastern Conference final on May 25

Erik Karlsson congratulates Sidney Crosby after the Penguins defeated the Senators in double-overtime of the NHL's Eastern Conference final on May 25

On Sunday night, not only did his Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, Crosby was also named Conn Smythe victor as playoff MVP for the second consecutive year as voted on by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Winning two in a row is nearly impossible, underscored by the fact that the Pittsburgh Penguins are the first to accomplish the feat since the Detroit Red Wings did so in 1998.

The Penguins won their fifth title - all of them clinched on the road - to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list. The 1998 Red Wings were the last team to win a second consecutive Cup. All games this season, for the first time in their 19-year history, were sold out.

Nashville was the surprise of this year's postseason, as the team made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final from the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

"You have a small window to play and to have a career, and I feel fortunate", Crosby said.

Pittsburgh has done it by investing heavily in their core group and finding the right complement of players and staff around Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to make it work. As the reigning champions, Pittsburgh was also a team that got its opponent's best effort in every game. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout. "We lost a lot of guys to injuries". The Predators were 9-1 at home this postseason coming into Game 6, and Rinne was outstanding for 58 minutes. We can do this, ' " said Rutherford. In the Game 6 clincher, Crosby had four shots on goal in 17:17. Now, the same thing happened this year. "I believe we have it in abundance in our dressing room".

"People said at the start of the year and all through the year that it's hard to repeat", said Rutherford. It's like, I can imagine this because I just lived it this year, but describing this, as I'm sure you can tell by reading this, it's just so tough to do. Crosby is a 2016-17 finalist for the Hart Trophy. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Trophy victor for the second consecutive postseason. His talent was on full display his first two runs to the Stanley Cup, but his will to win was at a different level in this one. At the age of 22, Guentzel helped surge the top line of the Penguins late in the regular season and throughout the playoffs, leaving many to wonder if he would be given the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Rainnie said numerous people who drop in during the summer months are American tourists off cruise ships. Pre-game coverage also featured segments on Fisher and Penguins goalie Matt Murray.

The six-game 2017 Stanley Cup Final produced a total audience delivery (TAD) of 4.762 million average viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record without an Original Six team, according to Fast National Ratings from The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics. Grammy winners Cage the Elephant performed during the second intermission after playing at Bonnaroo on Friday night.

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