Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2017 Stanley Cup Champions



NASHVILLE -- The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with a 2-0 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

Pittsburgh is the first team to repeat since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. It is the fifth Stanley Cup title for the Penguins, and they have clinched every championship series on the road.

Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 remaining in the third period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Justin Schultz took the original shot from the point, and Hornqvist banked the puck off of the back of Pekka Rinne for his fifth goal.

Carl Hagelin scored an empty-net goal with 13.6 seconds remaining to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second consecutive shutout.

Colton Sissons appeared to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 1:07 of the second period, but the goal was disallowed because a whistle was blown.The Predators had a 5-on-3 power play for 32 seconds in the third period but were unable to score.

Ryan Ellis played on a defense pair with Roman Josi. He left Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury and did not participate in the optional morning skate Sunday.

Penguins forward Nick Bonino missed his fourth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury.
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