Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup with late goal in controversial Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup with late goal in controversial Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 on Sunday to clinch back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns in the first such title defence in almost 20 years.

Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate on the ice after defeating the Nashville Predators in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Award victor, the second straight year he earned the honor given to the most valuable player in the postseason. Carl Hagelin cemented the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left.

The two teams took a 0-0 tie late into the third period when a wide shot bounced off the back of the net and Hornqvist then banked in a shot from behind the net off the elbow of Pekka Rinne.

Pittsburgh became the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

Sidney Crosby was hailed as "The Next One" before he played his first National Hockey League game 12 years ago and he more than lived up to the hype on Sunday when he lifted a third Stanley Cup to cement his place among the all-time greats.

Along the way, Crosby, hoisting his third Cup in four trips, passed Lemieux for the most career points by a Penguins player in a Final series. Nashville challenged for goalie interference, but the goal was upheld. In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994. That's something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever managed, but the 23-year-old Murray finished this Cup Final shutting out Nashville for the final 126:52.

It turned out the referee was in a bad position to see the puck and blew his whistle when he lost sight of the puck.

This championship season for the Penguins lacked some of the drama from a year ago, but it was far from a slam dunk.

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