Pittsburgh Penguins beat Nashville Predators for back-to-back Stanley Cup titles
Last Updated: 12/06/17 7:25am
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 on Sunday to clinch back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns in the first such title defence in nearly 20 years.
Patric Hornqvist fired Pittsburgh into the lead with 95 seconds left in the final period to silence a raucous home crowd in Nashville who saw their team ultimately fall to a 4-2 loss in the series.
Hornqvist's killer blow - which deflected off Pekka Rinne - left Nashville exposed as they chased the game for an equaliser.
With the Predators goal empty, it was left to Carl Hagelin to score the coup de grace with a breakaway, triggering wild celebrations on the Penguins bench.
The Penguins became the first team to defend the Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings achieved the feat in 1998.
Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who was named the MVP of the series, said the Penguins had set themselves a goal of emulating Detroit at the start of the season.
"It's pretty special, to be able to share this with this group of guys," Crosby said. "A good chunk of the team were returning but for the new guys it's pretty special.
"This was our goal at the beginning of the year - we knew that it hadn't been done in a long time. So to be able to accomplish it is a great feeling."