Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Faith Hill sang a attractive rendition of the national anthem Sunday night before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridestone Arena.

It was Sidney Crosby, Penguins captain and Conn Smythe Award victor as MVP, who became the first man to hoist the Cup on the Smashville ice.

The Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998.

"You have a small window to play and to have a career, and I feel fortunate, but I also understand how hard it is, so you just want to try to make the best of it", Crosby added, who was also the MVP in the preseason World Cup, which was won by Canada.

It's the fifth Stanley Cup for the Penguins, who have won all of their clinchers on the road.

The first time they reached this glorious achievement was back in 1991, then one year later in 1992, and afterward they were waiting for 17 years to win again.

"The biggest thing we got to take from this is to remember the feeling".

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Rinne had 27 saves on 28 shots, losing for just the second time on home ice in the playoffs. The Predators appeared to score a goal early in the second period, but referees waved it off.

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

He's won two Cups in a year and a half. That's what's going to drive us. "To win three Stanley Cups and two Conn Smythe (trophies) in a row is pretty good".

Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 123 minutes and 23 seconds.

"He made a statement in that game", Lemieux, a Hall of Famer who is the eighth-leading scorer in National Hockey League history, said after winning his third title as an owner.

The 29-year-old finished the playoffs with four goals and three assists in 21 games. But the goal was waved off because of an inadvertent whistle when the official thought Murray had possession of the puck.