Sidney Crosby caps stunning and perhaps unprecedented two-year run with Cup

A curiously quick whistle robbed the Predators of a goal in Game 6

Sidney Crosby celebrates with the Conn Smythe Trophy after they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

Also for a second straight year, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy - awarded annually to the team's most valuable player in the playoffs.

The Penguins defeat the Nashville Predators to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

The Penguins' fifth title - all of which have been clinched on the road - tied the franchise with Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list.

After both teams went scoreless for nearly all of regulation, Pittsburgh was finally able to draw first blood when Patric Hornqvist scored with just over a minute and a half left in the game.

Nashville Predators had every right to be asking those questions after having another goal taken away from them in the Stanley Cup Final.

Hornqvist has 174 regular-season goals and 19 in the playoffs, but none will be bigger than the one he scored Sunday.

The home team decided they have nothing to lose in that situation and they left their goal empty, which was a gift for the Penguins, and another Swedish player, Carl Hagelin set the final result at 13.6 seconds until the end of the game. Oddsmakers made them the early favorite for a three-peat, something that hasn't been done since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83, a full year before Lemieux made his National Hockey League debut and almost a half decade before Malkin and Crosby were born.

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"I'm really proud of this team and the way we played, the way we handled things when we faced some adversity throughout the [Final]", Rinne said.

"You know, when we went to the Final in 2008 and then won in 2009, then you think that we're going to do this a lot", Fleury said.

Earlier, Nashville had appeared to score early in the second period when Colton Sissons jabbed the puck home off a rebound.

It has already been quite an interesting career for Matt Murray. That's sport. Like I said, this team never gave up.

He took over for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury previous year and led the Penguins all the way to the championship. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice.

"That group of guys", he said, "what they were willing to do and what they bring, it's all so important". And luck was not on his side in Game 6. They were dominant teams, and the best of them may have been the 1993 team that was upset by the Islanders in the Eastern Conference final. Game 6 had a Predators' win stamped all over it, from the way the narratives were drawn up to the fight the team had shown all postseason. "Put a lot of medicine into it and wasn't able to push off like I wanted to". Sidney Crosby is generally acknowledged as the world's best player, and for the second consecutive year was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as the playoffs' top player.

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