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

The Penguins accomplished the feat by downing the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. The series between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins was tense and full of animosity. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal. The Penguins broke the stalemate when defenseman Justin Schultz shot the puck off the boards behind the Predators net and Hornqvist banked it into the net off Rinne's left arm.

Nashville traded Hornqvist to the Penguins along with Nick Spaling in exchange for James Neal during the 2015 draft, a move that - thus far, at least - has worked out a little better for the Penguins, the first team of the NHL's salary cap era to win back-to-back championships.

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. It was hard to see Hornqvist skating around after the game kissing the Stanley Cup and holding it over his head. He had a goal disallowed 1:07 into the second period when referee Kevin Pollock blew the play dead before Sissons poked the puck into an open net.

"I'm proud of the guys and the way that they played", Laviolette said.

"It's the toughest trophy in all of sports to win", said Lemieux.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this.

Nashville also had a 32-second, 5-on-3 opportunity in the third but could not beat Murray, who did not allow a goal in the last 146:52 of ice time over the last two games.

Nashville battled valiantly to make this one of the most entertaining Stanley Cup finals in recent memory, even though numerous scores were lopsided.

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Murray became the first goalie to win not one, but two Stanley Cups as a rookie after being a late-season call up a year ago who didn't play enough games to get that tag removed.

The Predators made their National Hockey League debut in the Music City in 1998 and had never been beyond the second round in nine previous play-off appearances.

It ends the deepest playoff run in Predators history.

Pittsburgh put the two youngsters alongside the best player in hockey and reaped the dividends along the way to a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. Team captain Mike Fisher is an unrestricted free agent, but he seems likely to stay in Nashville if he wants to.

They may not play in the most traditional of hockey markets but the latest play-off run suddenly has the fanbase, some who occasionally throw catfish onto the ice during games, expecting a victor rather than being content just to have a team. It's a stretch that began after he gave up a second-period goal to Viktor Arvidsson in a 4-1 loss in Game 4. "We've battled through a lot".

Ron Hainsey (Penguins) - Criticized during the first two games of the series, Hainsey was a force on Sunday.

A 2-0 victory in Nashville sealed the best-of-seven series as they claimed the trophy for a fifth time in six final appearances.

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