The Stanley Cup is going back to Pittsburgh after Patric Hornqvist scored the consent objective with 95 seconds left in a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators
Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 conserves for his 2nd straight nothing as the Penguins ended up being the NHLs first string in almost 20 years to duplicate as champs following a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.
The Penguins won their 5th title all which have actually been clinched on
the roadway to connect the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for 6th on the all-time list. The Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 98 were the last champ to protect their title, however the Penguins are the very first to do it in the wage cap age.
We understood it was going to be difficult all year, however we simply attempted to keep with it, stated Crosby, who won his 2nd Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. We had a great deal of injuries and things like that. We simply kept finding methods. That was actually exactly what we did all season, all playoffs. Its excellent to be able to do it.
Hornqvist scored off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinnes left elbow to end the scoreless video game. Nashville challenged for goalie disturbance, however the objective was maintained. With Rinne pulled for an additional assaulter, Carl Hagelin triggered a bench event with an empty netter with 13.6 seconds left.
Nashville lost for simply the very first time in guideline on house ice this postseason.
Colton Sissons had actually an objective eliminated by a whistle 67 seconds into the 2nd duration. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the male benefit, consisting of 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the 3rd.
Forget a golden anniversary: The Penguins will top their 50th season with their names on the most popular silver cup in sports once again. It is likewise the 3rd champion for Crosby and a handful of colleagues from the 2009 title group, exceeding the 2 won by the Penguins groups led by present owner Mario Lemieux in the 1990s.
And its the 2nd champion in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series given that taking control of after Mike Johnston was fired. Sullivan is the very first American-born coach to win the Cup not when, however two times.
Matt Murray ended up being the very first goalie to win not one, however 2 Stanley Cups as a novice after being a late-season contact a year back and didnt play sufficient video games to obtain that tag eliminated. Thats something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever handled, however the 23-year-old Murray completed this Cup Final locking out Nashville for the last 126:52.
The loss ended the upstart Predators inmost playoff run in the franchises 19-year history and one that ended up being the talk of the town far beyond Music City, catfish and all .