NewsAlert: Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups with victory over Nashville

Lifting the cup with a core group of players that young, the Penguins were expected to compete for the championship every season. Congrats to the team, and all the hockey fans in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh certainly wove its own narrative. The Pens were not the hottest team entering the Final.

"It stings", said defenceman P.K. Subban, brought over in a trade stunner in the off-season and a foil for Crosby all series. The Penguins were underdogs to whatever extent it's possible for champions to be underdogs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.

Analytically, there's no reason to overthink this.

But it will be the perceived goal that wasn't that defines the final result of the game. It was all so new, this Stanley Cup business.

Despite 3:39 of power-play ice time, he logged just one shot on goal and three attempts.

Seconds earlier, Murray also made a big stop on Nashville's Pontus Aberg. It wasn't about heart or grit, or whatever.

Matt Murray stopped 27 shots in recording his second consecutive shutout. We have same team: "Phil (Kessel) comes in past year from Toronto, he is so good play in playoffs, is unbelievable". He is the first goaltender in the league's history to win the Cup in his first two playoffs.

Murray stepped in and never relinquished the job he lost after sustaining a lower body injury during warmups before their playoff-opener against Columbus on April 12.

At any rate, these Penguins mounted an astonishing run.

. It's his mobility. He gets back to pucks first, has a plan and can break a forecheck so easily.

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Until now, the longest drought without a repeat Cup victor was from 1937 to 1948. He is moving up the charts when it comes to ranking the greatest hockey players of all time. You have a small window to play and have a career.

And then so many of them walked out in anger.

Hornqvist's killer blow - which deflected off Pekka Rinne - left Nashville exposed as they chased the game for an equaliser.

Around town, many jumped on the Predators' bandwagon, driving television ratings for both home and away games to numbers never previously seen in Nashville. Before this year, it hadn't been done since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Crosby and Malkin are Nos. "We're going to be back here again next year".

"The defensive part of his game, ever since he was paired with Shea Weber a couple of years ago, it took a giant leap forward", said assistant coach Phil Housley. And don't forget Jake Guentzel, who led the playoffs in goals as a rookie this spring. The 25-year-old Sheary followed that up by collecting 23 goals and 30 assists this season.

Cayley Foxworthy, an 18-year-old from Murfreesboro, had tickets to the CMA festival and is a devoted hockey fan. The first two periods were an intense battle. The Penguins are the first to do it in the salary-cap era.

The win meant the Penguins were the first team in two decades to successfully defend the Stanley Cup they won past year.

Crosby won the Ross, Hart and Lindsay Trophies in his second season.

The Penguins would, seemingly, have the leg up on Chicago based exclusively on the last two seasons.

"I had to say that's one of the most special moments in my life", said Murray, who called Fleury a "special person" and mentor. By the time the Penguins reached the final, the team was running on fumes. And maybe they are right.