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It’s Two Cups In A Row For The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup.

Congrats to the Pittsburgh organization, fans and all who follow the Penguins.

The Nashville Predators put up a good fight and a great show in their town, all of Nashville should be proud.

Game winning goal from Patric Hornqvist is below...

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I know this sounds like sour grapes…in 30 years of watching hockey I’ve never seen a finals with so many blown calls. The NHL should be ashamed….they’re not…but they should be.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/11/17 at 11:09 PM ET

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Conn Smythe goes to Sidney Crosby.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/11/17 at 11:09 PM ET

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Good coaching, and the pure willpower of Crosby, went a long way… but some really horrible calls sure helped their cause. I really thought Nashville had this in hand after game 4. Bleh.

Posted by Moose Moss on 06/11/17 at 11:55 PM ET

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I wish the league would have allowed Fleury and Murray to share the Conn Smythe. Not to take anything away from Crosby, but the Pens don’t win this without their goaltending duo.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/12/17 at 12:00 AM ET

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Thanks closing montage was fantastic.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/12/17 at 12:10 AM ET

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That*

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/12/17 at 12:10 AM ET

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I wish the league would have allowed Fleury and Murray to share the Conn Smythe. Not to take anything away from Crosby, but the Pens don’t win this without their goaltending duo.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/12/17 at 12:00 AM ET

I totally agree with you..  grin

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 06/12/17 at 12:11 AM ET

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When the dust settles, the story probably here is probably how Nashville’s stars just got outplayed/didn’t bother to show up.  Crosby had his huge game 5, and Murray stepped up big time to finish it off with back to back shutouts with the series tied 2-2 and that’s no easy feat.  And that was Nashville’s first regulation loss at home all post season to boot!  But Rinne was well below the level of goaltending you need to win and for all the good things you hear about Forseberg, he was a complete non-factor.  James Neal…what can you say about him…9 points and a league worst -8 in the playoffs.  You’d have thought every Preds d-man won the Norris trophy going into this series, but really none of them stood out.  Subban gave Crosby all he could handle, but that was all Subban did.  He was more concerned with Listerine than he was winning the cup and that’s pretty much him in a nutshell.  Not having Johannson sucked, but the Pens were missing key guys too. 

Tough break on the quick whistle, but they had 4 power plays and a 5on3 in a game 6 at home with the cup in the house.  You can’t leave those on the table.  The Pens were resilient in the playoffs and all series, so you can’t take anything away from them, but they limped their way to this cup - Nashville didn’t do enough to win.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/12/17 at 07:26 AM ET

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It’s Two Cups In A Row For The Pittsburgh Penguins

“Congrats to the Pittsburgh organization, fans and all who follow the Penguins. ... “

Conn Smythe goes to Sidney Crosby.


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/12/17 at 07:37 AM ET

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^ amazing

Posted by SlimChance on 06/12/17 at 07:56 AM ET

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I know this sounds like sour grapes…in 30 years of watching hockey I’ve never seen a finals with so many blown calls. The NHL should be ashamed….they’re not…but they should be.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/11/17 at 11:09 PM ET

And they wonder why revenue growth has flat lined.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/12/17 at 08:07 AM ET

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I know this sounds like sour grapes…in 30 years of watching hockey I’ve never seen a finals with so many blown calls. The NHL should be ashamed….they’re not…but they should be.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/11/17 at 11:09 PM ET

And they wonder why revenue growth has flat lined.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/12/17 at 08:07 AM ET

Well, I don’t think its because they need more calls. 

Its funny how in the NBA, its just an accepted facet of the game that the refs will do whatever they want, including betting and calling games to win their bets.  In the NHL, its virtually becoming unwatchable with how much the refs impact the game.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/12/17 at 08:41 AM ET

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It all started in Game 1 when the Preds had momentum and scored the first goal of the series to have it called back on an offsides call that was imo inconclusive. The Preds we’re going to struggle without Johansen and unfortunately Rinne did not continue his stellar play into the Final.

Crosby now has more Cups than Lemieux did and I think has cemented himself as a top 10 player of all time.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 06/12/17 at 09:56 AM ET

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The Preds we’re going to struggle without Johansen

He really was the player that makes all the forwards that much better. It was a huge loss to the Preds and probably a difference maker.

The Refs were way too big a factor with the biggest blunders going against Nashville. They simply didn’t have that much margin for error.

The Penguins playoff experience was a big factor.

I agree that Penguins goaltending should have won the Conn Smythe

Posted by evileye on 06/13/17 at 10:43 AM ET

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