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Penguins win the Stanley Cup!

Monday, June 12, 2017


The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup!

 

Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second shutout in a row as the Penguins upended the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 to win the best-of-seven series 4-2.

 

It looked like the game was heading into overtime when former Predator Patric Hornqvist scored from behind the net with 1:35 left in the third period to give the Penguins the lead as he banked it in off Pekka Rinne.

 

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Rinne was perfect in net until then as he stopped 27-of-28 shots in the game. Rinne lost at home for only the second time in the Stanley Cup playoffs and he certainly could not be blamed for this one in front of a raucous home crowd.

 

Carl Hagelin with his second of the playoffs, scored into the empty net with 13.6 seconds left to clinch the win for the Penguins.

 

It was the Penguins' fifth Stanley Cup in their 50-year history with all five clinching games coming on the road.

 

The win finally puts away the decade long talk that you need a top-notch defenseman to win the Cup as the Penguins did it with Justin Schultz as their top blueliner in the post-season.

 

Congratulations to Ron Hainsey who after going a record 907 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs, did so for the first time this year and will have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.  The first player given the Cup to skate around the ice after it was presented to Sidney Crosby, was Hainsey.

 

Speaking of Crosby, he was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second year in a row and deservedly so. He was the best player on the Penguins during the playoffs and especially in the Stanley Cup Final when he carried the Penguins on his back.

 

The Predators got a tough break in the second period when it appeared that Colton Sissons scored but the referee waved off the goal as he lost sight of the puck and blew the whistle.

 

So the Penguins win the Cup again and become the first team in the salary cap era to win back-to-back.

 

It was likely the last game in the career of Matt Cullen. The 40-year-old had a superb playoff with a couple of goals and nine points in 25 games but his two-way play was instrumental to the Pens and it showed on Sunday night as he played 19:42 to lead on Pittsburgh forwards in time-on-ice and was third on the team behind only Brian Dumoulin at 26:08 and Hainsey who was on the ice for 21:24. It was a great way to end his career and in doing so, captured his third Stanley Cup.

 

The Penguins took four penalties in the game and did not have a man-advantage at all.

 

Jake Guentzel did not score in the final three games so he fell a goal short of tying Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie record of 14 playoff goals. He did set a rookie record of five game-winning-goals in the playoffs.

 

Congratulations once again to the Penguins on winning the Cup and kudos to the Predators who gave them all that they could handle.



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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