After a goalless opening period-the only 0-0 first period in this year's Cup Final-the Predators appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead just 67 seconds into Game 6's second stanza. "I'm trying to relax a bit here".
Sissons darted toward the net, went backhand to forehand, but Murray stopped him dead in his tracks to keep Nashville off the scoreboard. It's a stretch that began after he gave up a second-period goal to Viktor Arvidsson in a 4-1 loss in Game 4.
Sidney Crosby was hailed as "The Next One" before he played his first National Hockey League game 12 years ago and he more than lived up to the hype on Sunday when he lifted a third Stanley Cup to cement his place among the all-time greats. That's something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever managed, but the 23-year-old Murray finished this Final shutting out Nashville for the final 146:52.
Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team to repeat as champion in almost two decades with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6.
Both Pekka Rinne and Murray had been good at times during this series but never in the same game.
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. "It's hard for us right now because our sights were set on winning the championship like anybody would be when you get to this point and for that, it's disappointing".More news: Ram Temple exists in Ayodhya; needs a grand look: UP minister
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Nashville also had a 32-second, 5-on-3 opportunity in the third but could not beat Murray, who did not allow a goal in the last 146:52 of ice time over the last two games.
Quick whistle: The Predators believed Colton Sissons gave them a 1-0 lead early in the second period.
The game wasn't decided until the final minutes when Patric Hornqvist scored the go-ahead goal with 95 seconds left and Carl Hagelin scored into an empty net.
"There's so many guys who could have easily won that, and I think we just had a group of guys that understood big moments and knew how to find ways to win", said Crosby. "Honestly, you make your own luck, especially in a scenario like this".
The Capitals are expected to undergo changes that could impact the Stanley Cup odds, especially if rumblings about possibly trading superstar Alex Ovechkin come to fruition. "We've battled through a lot". With top centre Ryan Johansen injured, Nashville's leading playoff scorer Filip Forsberg managed a single goal in six games.
This season, the Detroit Red Wings playoff streak officially came to an end. "We're going to be back here again next year". "I'm sure he's pretty happy to lift it, and I was certainly happy to be able to pass it off to him".