Penguins Repeat As Stanley Cup Champions On Backs Of IHLC Winners

The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to tune out the chanting, the media and the determined Nashville Predators to capture the Stanley Cup in six games, avoiding overtime on a late Patric Hörnqvist goal to become repeat champions.

The Penguins became the only team to win on the road in game six, shocking the raucous crowd at Bridgestone Arena on a behind-the-net deflection off Pekka Rinne by Hörnqvist, the former Predator, with just 95 seconds left in regulation. And with an extra attacker on, Carl Hagelin was able to slip P.K. Subban at the blueline and add in an empty netter, winning the game 2-0 and the series 4-2, giving Pittsburgh their second consecutive Cup, and become the first back-to-back winners in the salary cap era.

The Penguins were helmed by stars Sidney Crosby, Yevgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, and the brilliant play of goaltender Matt Murray, who posted consecutive shutouts to end the series. But it was the contributions of unexpected contributors in spite of major injuries, such as Hörnqvist, veteran Matt Cullen and rookie phenom Jake Guentzel, who tied the all-time playoff points record for a rookie, that helped a deep Penguins roster become the first back-to-back champs since 1998.

The Penguins, winning their fifth franchise Cup in their fiftieth season as a franchise, boast nine players and three staff members from six countries that have held the International Hockey Lineal Championship, including captain (and Conn Smythe winner) Sidney Crosby and assistant captains Malkin and Chris Kunitz.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in particular the twelve members of the organization that have also held the IHLC:

canada1965-11 Sidney Crosby, forward
usa-11 Matt Cullen, forward
canada1965-11 Trevor Daley, defence
sweden-11 Patric Hörnqvist, forward
usa-11 Phil Kessel, forward
canada1965-11 Chris Kunitz, forward
canada1965-11 Mario Lemieux, co-owner
finland-11 Olli Määttä, defence
russia-11 Yevgeni Malkin, forward
canada1965-11 Jim Rutherford, GM
 Mark Streit, defence
usa-11 Mike Sullivan, head coach

Photo Credit: NHL Twitter – IIHFHHOFIOC



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