Penguins captain Crosby captures second straight Conn Smythe Trophy

It should have resulted in one, if not two goals.

The Penguins played nearly the ideal tactical game to take a 3-2 lead in the series, which is why Hainsey said they'd be in good shape if they could replicate that performance in Game 6 Sunday in Nashville.

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. So Rinne will need to be at his best to give Nashville a chance at its first Game 7 and Pittsburgh's third this postseason. The Preds registered just two official shots in the third period's first seven minutes, but they had many more scoring opportunities.

Pittsburgh didn't give the Predators a chance to get started in Game 5, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Then they killed the rest. Kunitz, who'd been arguably the worst player on the team all season, had two goals, including an overtime victor, in the Game 7 against Ottawa.

"He could feel that we were getting close to winning the Cup and that was the most important game of the season and he played like it". They won their final 11 playoff games by a combined score of 47-24, sweeping Boston in the Eastern Conference final and Chicago in the Stanley Cup final to win a second consecutive championship. Jasmine Tyler, of Clarksville, Tenn., but who grew up in Export, Pa., reacts after a save by Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray, during a screening of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the. It won't be that easy in Game 6.

But on Sunday, facing elimination for the first time in their surprising postseason run, the Predators simply could not find a way to solve the Penguins.

This championship season for the Penguins lacked some of the drama from a year ago, but it was far from a slam dunk.

The Predators really did do just about everything right in the first period. The Penguins didn't have a power play opportunity. By the second period, though, Ellis appeared slowed and struggled slightly. He had a goal disallowed 1:07 into the second period when referee Kevin Pollock blew the play dead before Sissons poked the puck into an open net.

Bonino was described by Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan as a game-time decision the rest of the series and speculation swirled he might return to the lineup after the Penguins' center skated with teammates before Game 4. Alas, with Murray strong in net, the game remained scoreless. "You watch him out there and he does the little things and he does them well". I know this: I wouldn't bet against them in a game against those fabulous Oilers. The last team to repeat was the Detroit Red Wings who backed up a Cup in 1997 with another in 1998. Keep it simple: "The first game I played with him, I think I was minus-3 and I had the worst game I'd played as a player in the National Hockey League", he said. Maybe it was age order. Of course, Sid being the best player in the world again and winning the Conn Smythe. (Marc-Andre Fleury), throughout that whole Washington series.

It's much harder to win two in a row now than it was in the early 1990s.

Cayley Foxworthy, an 18-year-old from Murfreesboro, had tickets to the CMA festival and is a devoted hockey fan. Sullivan is the first USA -born coach to win the Cup twice. We were "just trying to move it up to our forwards and play the way we've been playing all year".

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