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Stanley Cup Champion Penguins Receive Warm Welcome Home, Parade Planned For Wednesday

Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup Penguins Beats Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup
Rita Gibson | 14 June, 2017, 13:45

Former Ferris State forward Chris Kunitz won his fourth Cup - his third with the Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the NASHVILLE Predators by a score of 2-0 on Sunday night to win the Stanley Cup on NBC and become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

After Nashville misfired on its extended power play time, it almost scored with about six minutes left.

The home team decided they have nothing to lose in that situation and they left their goal empty, which was a gift for the Penguins, and another Swedish player, Carl Hagelin set the final result at 13.6 seconds until the end of the game.

Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 123 minutes and 23 seconds.

Crosby was the Penguins' second-highest scorer in the playoffs with 27 points and the 29-year-old saved his best performance for Game Five of the Final with the series tied 2-2 and Nashville riding the momentum of consecutive victories.

Gretzky won a record 10 scoring championships and nine Hart Trophies, along with four Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythes and three Canada Cups.

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After coming out of the court, an embattled Mallya said: "You can keep dreaming about the billion pounds, but there's no proof". Mallya has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on 18 April.

"Fleury's probably the best team player in all of sports", said Rutherford. All games this season, for the first time in their 19-year history, were sold out. Of a possible 56 playoff games the last two years, the Penguins played 49.

At the beginning of the Stanley Cup final, I asked Jimmy Rutherford about the combined legacies of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and what it would mean for them to have won one more Stanley Cup than Mario Lemieux managed as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We were getting chances, just nothing was going in for us", Murray said. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh's tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three - one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era.

From the reported crowds of 40,000 in downtown Nashville to watch the Preds, to the country music stars singing the National Anthem, to the catfish, and to the frenzied Preds fans and their chants, Nashville was officially a "hockey town" for two months. The Predators appeared to take the lead in the second period. They were dominant teams, and the best of them may have been the 1993 team that was upset by the Islanders in the Eastern Conference final. I mean dreams come true.

Thus far, NBC hasn't released any information about its streaming audience for Game 6. Mere hours after Sidney Crosby won his third Cup, the hometown museum that touts itself as Home of the Sidney Crosby Exhibit was already coveting new keepsakes.

They may be right; I just disagree.

Despite several chances and a fast-paced style, the Predators and Penguins played the first scoreless first period of this year's Stanley Cup Final. "I'm like, 'God folks, I have no idea, '" he said. At the age of 22, Guentzel helped surge the top line of the Penguins late in the regular season and throughout the playoffs, leaving many to wonder if he would be given the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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