Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Penguins' Sidney Crosby wins back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies

Penguins' Sidney Crosby wins back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies

The Pittsburgh Penguins pose for a group photo with the Stanley Cup Trophy after they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether it was the player's first, second, or even third Cup, the Penguins didn't forget about those who made it all possible in the first place.

That means late Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe will no longer have his name on the Stanley Cup. It came in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final when he took the head of Predators pseudo-tough guy P.K. Subban and dribbled it off the ice like a basketball.

Emrick on the Nashville fan base: "As the winners celebrate, a remarkable year here in Nashville, and for their players and fans. and the chant is 'Let's Go Preds.' The motto here was 'Stand With Us, ' and these people did stand with their team".

ABOVE VIDEO: NHL Referees blow a potential goal for Nashville dead in the opening minutes of second period in Game 6 because he lost sight of the puck. But his resume now has everything one could possibly want - not just the individual awards, but team success on both the worldwide and National Hockey League levels, including two straight Cup wins in an era in which that's harder than ever.

"It's going to sting, it's going to hurt for a while", said Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, who made the Predators a Cup contender when he was added in a stunning trade almost a year ago. "I think we gained a ton of experience from this run". That's what's going to drive us. Colton Sissons had a goal erased by a whistle 67 seconds into the second period. Instead of starting a new Stanley Cup, they chose to replace rings about every 13 years.

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"I think there's so many good things that we learned as a group - how to play, how to come together as a team and how to believe in each other", captain Mike Fisher said.

There, I said it. "You never know when you're going to get another opportunity". All games this season, for the first time in their 19-year history, were sold out. "But we always said, 'nobody said that you can't.' And our guys were determined".

Penguins' Goaltender Matt Murray hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy after a Game 6 victory. Sixteen seed. No one really gave us a chance against anyone and here we are in Game 6. "We believed all the way".

Crosby has already won the Rocket Richard Trophy this season and is a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh's tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three - one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era. Geno's 28 points are tied for the sixth-most of any player in a single postseason since the lockout and are the second-most of his playoff career (trailing the insane 36 points he dropped in 2009, when he won the Conn Smythe).

"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 said.

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