Crosby, Pens cap awesome year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

Crosby, Pens cap awesome year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

It's as if he'd seen everything coming.

Carl Hagelin sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left in leading the Penguins to become the first National Hockey League team in almost two decades to win consecutive championships.

Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate after defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. That Marc-Andre Fleury was back this season was unexpected, but turned out to be vital-no other contender could have survived losing its starting goaltender 10 minutes before the playoffs began.

"And so the very first conversation we had with these guys, I challenged them right away and said, 'Why not?'" Sullivan said.

"Even if I could get moving, any little twist could take me out, and you don't want to leave the team like that", he said.

The same, I suppose, could be said for these Penguins. Washington won the President's Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round. To complement stars Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, the Penguins also got significant contributions from unexpected heroes such as rookie forward Jake Guentzel, who had 13 goals and eight assists in the playoffs, and Schultz, who had four goals with nine assists. Team captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smyth trophy as Most Valuable Player of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs - the second time he has claimed the honor.

"We knew it was going to be tough all year, but we just tried to keep with it", Crosby said. And yet, Nashville got its chances to convert and did not.

Well, there was a goal scored early in the second period by the Predators but a quick whistle by one of the refs waved it off and Preds fans were furious. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the man advantage, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the third.

And it's the second championship for Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked.

Mike Sullivan has won two Cups in two years as Pittsburgh's head coach, and has yet to lose a playoff series with the team. Per ESPN Stats & Info, he is the first person to close out the Stanley Cup Final with back-to-back shutouts since 1952. Of course, Sid being the best player in the world again and winning the Conn Smythe.

Crosby didn't need another win to cement his legacy as one of the best, but his postseason was one to talk about.

It's just not supposed to happen, not under a tight cap that's made it impossible for great teams to stay together without major changes (the Blackhawks' three championships in six years is another monumental accomplishment, albeit one achieved as much in the front office as on the ice), and certainly not in a sport, subject to hot hands and puck luck, where the better team doesn't necessarily win a series anyway. Halfway through the second period, Murray saved a Sissons breakaway chance.

"Last year was pretty special, being my first run", said Murray a late-season call-up, who went 15-6 in the playoffs in replacing Fleury last year.

"It was just special to be able to pass it to him, somebody who's probably been through so much and played a long time and can appreciate it as much as he can", Crosby said.

Again, mind-boggling when you think how far this has come in how short of a time. Nashville finished the series going 0 of 8 on the power play over the final two games.

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