The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but Matt Murray could have won it as well. Murray posted back-to-back shutouts in Games Five and Six to capture his second Stanley Cup as a rookie.
Remember when the Penguins traded James Neal to the Nashville Predators and everyone said WHY?! Well, one of the guys they acquired via that trade just beat his ex-team; Patric Hornqvist!
SOUND THE HORNQVIST! The #Pens take the 1-0 lead with 1:35 left in the game. UNBELIEVABLE!— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 12, 2017
The Penguins have one of the best goalie tandems ever; Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray were outstanding together. Fleury captured the first nine wins and Murray finished off the playoffs, winning the last seven.
As for the Predators, they have nothing to be down about. They had an amazing run to the Stanley Cup. Nashville showed that they are not just a Music City, but are a hockey city. Coming into the playoffs, they were hardly talked about because they were not facing the Chicago Blackhawks and they were the eight seed.
In the second period, there was a controversial disallowed goal. The Predators thought they had taken the lead, but an early whistle negated that. The Predators had four power plays and even a 5-on-3, but could not convert. Not converting on those chances doomed their chances of winning the game.
Nobody has ever won back-to-back Stanley Cups in the salary cap era before the Penguins did it tonight. A remarkable run by a well built team.
Congratulations to the 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins on winning the Stanley Cup.
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