All that was left was the celebrating.
Nashville lost for just the first time in regulation on home ice this post-season and this one had some hard luck. They would've had that goal if not for a premature whistle from the officials.
"It stings", said defenceman P.K. Subban, brought over in a trade stunner in the off-season and a foil for Crosby all series. "We tried to do that this series and I thought we did a good job of that". "Even just looking back to a year ago and the summer and the Cup and the World Cup, everything is just flying by here".
Forget a golden anniversary: The Penguins will cap their 50th season with their names on the most famous silver cup in sports - again.
Sullivan inherited the Penguins midway through last season and has now led them to back-to-back championships in 18 months on the job.
That means every Cup winning team from 1954 through 1965 will be retired because space is needed this year. He missed six regular-season games and one more in the playoffs because of concussions, which will undoubtedly be a talking point as his career moves forward.
But it was another rookie who served as Pittsburgh's backbone in the final two rounds. "Didn't want to get ahead of myself, just one shot at a time". We see those types of rebounds left as a play-on nearly every time. Fans sing the national anthem at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Pittsburgh as they watch television coverage of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup final taking place in Nashville, . 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.
The Stanley Cup is going back to Pittsburgh.
Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is off to a fast start in Nashville, with both teams with quick scoring chances. There was actually one goal sequence which was reversed into a goal because of the same issue in a game between the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres earlier this season.
The Penguins scored the first goal of Game 6 with 1:35 left in the third period. Referee Kevin Pollock saw this, and assumed that Murray had the puck frozen. Rinne finished with 25 saves on 26 shots, while Murray stopped all 24 faced.
Superior penalty killing: The Penguins killed off four Nashville power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 32 seconds. Murray made a big stop on a shot by Mattias Ekholm followed by a save on Arvidsson.
"We haven't overtaxed guys", he said. Or will we be pushed to nerves of another Game 7? Things didn't go our way, but that happens. I wouldn't say that he would be the only guy that's done that or the only guy that's been consistent. "We believed all the way". Ellis played the game in obvious pain, but ultimately made a decision to play because he didn't want to watch a possible deciding game from the sidelines. It was also a championship captured by a group that had played well over 200 games in the past year.