Ref's quick whistle costs Predators a goal in must-win Game 6

Jun 12, 2017, 14:12

The victory marks the Penguins' fifth Stanley Cup win.

The hero who finally solved Nashville's netminder in Game 6, Hornqvist buried the victor with 1 minute and 35 seconds left in regulation of Sunday's 2-0 win.

Carl Hagelin broke away and showed his patented burst to score an empty net goal as the Predators pulled Rinne in a last-ditch effort to force Game 7, sealing the 2-0 win and yet another title for Pittsburgh.

Rinne had 27 saves on 28 shots, losing for just the second time on home ice in the playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998. The Penguins are the first to do it in the salary-cap era.

Mario Lemieux said Sidney Crosby "just might" do it when he passed the torch to his protege in 2006 and it's official now: there's a new emperor Penguin in Pittsburgh. "So I know there's things that we can do that can support our goaltender better". Hainsey had been the National Hockey League player with the most games played (907) without a playoff appearance until this spring. "To be able to accomplish it is a great feeling".

The NHL's season finale between the Penguins and Predators lived up to expectations.

Crosby went on to record three assists on the team's first five goals in a 6-0 romp to become Pittsburgh's all-time leading scorer in Stanley Cup Finals.

Crosby took the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman before handing the trophy off to veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey who passed it to veteran forward Matt Cullen, who may have played his final game at the age of 40. "I feel fortunate, but I also understand how hard it was so you just want to try to make the best of it".

Quick whistle: The Predators believed Colton Sissons gave them a 1-0 lead early in the second period.

Patric Hornqvist scored the Penguins' first goal off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's left elbow.

Since the play did not involve an offside nor a possible goalie interference, there was nothing the Predators could challenge on the play. That's more points than games they won that postseason.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights, at 200-1, are the biggest longshots to win next year's Stanley Cup.

"I had to say that's one of the most special moments in my life", said Murray, who called Fleury a "special person" and mentor. These playoffs were a war of attrition on both sides, finally won by a game and determined Penguins, led by the game and determined Crosby.

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