Ian Cole

Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title

Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title

The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs, gleamed as it sat on the table to Sidney Crosby’s right. Near his left hand, within easy patting distance, was the Stanley Cup. It had been polished to blinding brilliance Sunday afternoon but had become smudged by eager fingers and smooching lips in the moments after the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed it again with a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators that ended the Stanley Cup Final in six entertaining games.

It was déjà vu all over again for Crosby and for the Penguins, him winning the Conn Smythe two years in a row and them winning the Cup, making them the first team to...

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