Though held without a point on Sunday night, Crosby finished second on the team with 27 points (eight goals and 19 assists).
A Team Canada teammate and National Hockey League rival, Jonathan Toews was amazed at Crosby's level at that point last fall, how he seemed to pick right up from the Cup and Conn Smythe wins from three months earlier.
That doesn't include Crosby also winning the World Cup of Hockey title before this season started, along with tournament MVP. Sissons and Filip Forsberg each hit the post in the third period.
Pittsburgh's win is the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was sacked. That was really what we did all season, all playoffs.
Lemieux won the second of his two Cups at 26, helping Pittsburgh score repeat wins in 1991 and 1992.
"He is in total control and it's wonderful to witness", Brisson said in an email. "A lot of these guys played injured in the playoffs and showed a lot of character".
"You know, he's arguably the best player of his generation, and he's a guy that just knows how to win. He was our leader and picked up the team when we needed it". In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994.
For Nashville, the loss brought an end to a magical playoff run for the lowest seed in the Western Conference after they posted upset wins over top-seeded Chicago, division-winning Anaheim and a St. Louis squad that posted 99 points in the regular season. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed.
"We hate the result, but our guys gave a pretty good effort, and it's hard for us right now because our sights were set on winning the championship", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette. Murray is the first goalie with two shutouts in one Cup Final since Boston's Tim Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo had two apiece in 2011. The Predators went 0-for-4 with the man advantage in a game in which their opponent didn't get a single power play.