Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup

Pittsburgh Penguins become first back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in 19 years

He, too, had struggled this postseason, joining Hornqvist on the fourth line. The Capitals have not made it past the second round of the playoffs during that time which is a major disappointment considering the talent Washington has assembled.

The Penguins overhauled the Nashville Predators in today's game 6 of the cup playoffs in a defensive slugfest that at one point saw the Pens stave off a 32-second 5-on-3 power play. The Penguins won the first two games at home, and then the Predators won the next two games at home. He has a willingness to go the extra mile, to control what he can, to be the very best, and he cares so much for this team and this organization helping us win.

"You know, we set out to try to go back-to-back", Crosby said. "To be able to do this, it's really rewarding". The Penguins also won the Stanley Cup past year!

The organization is about to enter an offseason of change.

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.

"We never gave up", Fisher said.

"I knew if there was a team that could do it, it would be us".

He put up just nine goals during his first regular season stint with Pittsburgh, but was a key player in their 2016 Stanley Cup win after posting four goals and 18 points through 24 total games played. Both teams had chances throughout the first two periods.

With the destiny of the Stanley Cup in the balance, a determined Crosby delivered a dominating performance right from the opening shift, when he rang a shot off the post while being pulled down to the ice by a Predators defenseman.

Quick whistle: The Predators believed Colton Sissons gave them a 1-0 lead early in the second period. But a quick whistle from referee Kevin Pollock blew the play dead, depriving Nashville of a prime scoring opportunity on a play that could not be challenged or overturned by video replay.

Sissons tapped the puck into the net 67 seconds into the second period behind Murray's back. The 22-year-old Nebraska-born forward raised in Minnesota had 13 goals and eight assists in the postseason to tie for the National Hockey League record for playoff points by a rookie. A rowdy Bridgestone Arena crowd headed for the exits after chanting "Thank you, Predators".

Per tradition, Crosby was the first to lift the Cup, before handing it off to Ron Hainsey.

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