The Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Predators 2-0 Sunday night in Nashville, Tenn., to win their second straight championship. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout.
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Empty netter: Carl Hagelin outraced the Predators to a loose puck to score the insurance goal.
Victory meant they became the first team to retain the title since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.
Though this series had been close, with the Penguins taking a three-games-to-two lead after their Game 5 win in Pittsburgh, the games themselves haven't been that competitive.
Pittsburgh's win is the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked. "We've got a collection of guys who understand what it takes to win". Sissons also had a goal negated 1:07 into the second period, when referee Keith Pollock blew the play dead with the puck lying in the crease and after it trickled through Murray's left arm.
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A lovely drive and cross-court pass to JR Smith, who knocked down the three to put Cleveland up six with three minutes to go. Wasn't destiny that had brought them together. "Special player", and "One of the greatest that has ever laced them up".
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Bryan says it's surreal that he will be at the epicenter of all that trying to fire up Nashville and will be a moment he'll never forget.
A heroic and historic postseason run for the Predators came up short when the Penguins prevailed in Game 6 Sunday night in Bridgestone Arena.
The Capitals are expected to undergo changes that could impact the Stanley Cup odds, especially if rumblings about possibly trading superstar Alex Ovechkin come to fruition.
He then helped Canada win Olympic gold again and defeat Russian Federation for its first IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in eight years in 2015 in the Czech Republic, led Pittsburgh to victory over the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup final, and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey versus Team Europe. Nashville went through St. Louis and then Anaheim to the Final, where only captain Mike Fisher on the roster had ever played before. But when they were on, the Penguins most certainly were, too.
"We never gave up", Fisher said. "Matt is the goalie of the future for this team, I think it was important for him to celebrate tonight".
Superior penalty killing: The Penguins killed off four Nashville power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 32 seconds.
Predators Coach Peter Laviolette got everything he could out of his team and they went down fighting to the end in a 2-0 loss late in the game.