Stanley Cup 2017 – the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second consecutive title, leading 3-2 in the against Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Penguins became the first team to repeat as champion in almost 20 years now, with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
The Penguins won their fifth title to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list and the most by any non-Original Six franchise. The Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and ’98 were the last champion to defend their title. The Penguins are the first to do it in the salary-cap era.
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“It starts with Sid, our captain,” said the coach Mike Sullivan. “He’s just such a terrific person and has such an appetite to win, and I think it’s really contagious among our group.”
“There’s been a lot of guys telling us we can’t do it, and now we’re standing here,” Hornqvist said. “We’re going to celebrate in Pittsburgh in a few days. This says a lot about this team. We’ve battled through a lot.”
Nashville lost for the first time in regulation on home ice this postseason, and this one had some hard luck. Colton Sissons denied a goal 67 seconds into the second period.
“It’s going to sting, it’s going to hurt for a while,” said Nashville defenseP.K. Subban, who made the Predators a Cup contender when he was added in a trade nearly a year ago.
The disallowed goal will be remembered in Nashville for a long time. Referee Kevin Pollock blew the whistle when he lost sight of the puck, which was sitting behind Murray with lots of space in the crease for Sissons to tap it into the net.
“I know he lost sight, and we all make mistakes,” Rinne said. “It was tough for sure.”
“It’s been an amazing year from the start, trying to repeat,” Lemieux said. “A lot of these guys played injured in the playoffs and showed a lot of character. Of course, Sid being the best player in the world again and winning the Conn Smythe. He was our leader and picked up the team when we needed it.”
The loss ended the upstart Predators’ deepest playoff run in their 19-year history and one that became the talk of the town — and the league — with all their country stars, catfish tossing and aggressive play on the ice.