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Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions

He might not have scored the game-winner in Game 6, but the Penguins wouldnt be here without him.

The Predators are 9-1 in their "Smashville" country-music home in the midst of making the deepest playoff run in their 19 years of existence.

Back-to-back Cups and back-to-back Conn Smythes for Sidney Crosby.

Crosby was named the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs on Sunday for the second year in a row after his Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the final for their second straight Stanley Cup. In addition to his three Stanley Cups, Crosby has won two gold medals at the Olympics and captained Canada to gold at the World Cup of Hockey.

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are a win from becoming the NHL's first team to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles in almost two decades.

Crosby, a Conn Smythe victor again: Crosby became the first player since Penguins owner Mario Lemieux in 1991-92 to win consecutive Conn Smythe trophies. All within a calendar year. The Cup is Pittsburgh's fifth, tying them them with the Edmonton Oilers for the most in National Hockey League history among non-Original Six franchises.

Pittsburgh became the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. But Peter Laviolette's fast-skating bunch with the lockdown defense roared past Chicago in a sweep to get things started and shrugged off the home-ice advantage of St. Louis and Anaheim on the way to the first Final in the franchise's 19-year history - much to the joy of their catfish-tossing fans.

Crosby did have some help. Despite their 2016 title, the Penguins did not begin this season as Stanley Cup favorites. He set a rookie record with two shutouts in the Final. They were led by a pair of generational forward talents, as Evgeni Malkin was the leading scorer in the playoffs, with 28 points in 25 games, one more point (in one more game) than Sidney Crosby.

Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with only 95 seconds left when he batted a puck that had bounced off the end boards out of mid air, off the net and off goaltender Pekka Rinne's back and into the goal.

Empty netter: Carl Hagelin outraced the Predators to a loose puck to score the insurance goal. "We're going to be back here again next year". That's sport. Like I said, this team never gave up. We were given no shot, no chance, and he just kept us in there, so those two guys come to mind. We knew it hadn't been done in a long time.

Lemieux, now the Penguins' owner, says he could always tell Crosby would become a special player.

Sissons also had an apparent goal waived off in the second period due to a whistle and was later stopped on a breakaway. The Predators went 0-for-4 with the man advantage in a game in which their opponent didn't get a single power play.

About a minute into the second period, Filip Forsberg took a wrist shot that Murray got a piece of, but ended up sneaking underneath his arm and dribbling towards the goal line.

"It stings", said defenseman P.K. Subban, brought over in a trade stunner in the offseason and a foil for Crosby all series.

Murray hasn't allowed a goal in a span of 126:52, since allowing a second-period goal to Viktor Arvidsson. Referee Kevin Pollock blew the whistle when he lost sight of the puck, which was sitting behind Murray with lots of space in the crease for Sissons to tap it into the net.