By: Jeremy Perrigo
The opening period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday night was fast-paced with big hits. Nashville outhit Pittsburgh 17-8 in the first frame and it was noticeable that the Predators were attempting to start off strong at home after a blowout Game 5 loss in Pittsburgh 6-0.
No goals were scored in the first period, the Penguins outshot the Predators 9-8 and blocked five shots to Nashville’s two.
Nashville won 63.2% of faceoffs.
Pittsburgh outshot Nashville 13-11 in the second period, with the score remaining 0-0.
In the opening minutes of the period Sissons had a goal called off due to an early whistle.
Matt Murray also stopped Colton Sissons minutes later on a breakaway to keep Nashville off the board.
The Penguins caught up to the Predators in hits as Nashville took the body less often in the period with only three hits to Pittsburgh’s nine.
Nashville continued to dominate the faceoff dot with a win percentage of 70.3% after 40 minutes.
The third period continued with much of the same back-and-forth play. Pittsburgh took two penalties in a row, tripping on Olli Maatta and roughing for Trevor Daley, to give Nashville a 5-on-3 power play 8:47 into the period. Nashville failed to capitalize on the power play, going 0/4 in the game.
The score remained tied until Pittsburgh winger Patric Hornqvist picked up a puck off the end wall and banked it off the back of Pekka Rinne into the net with 1:35 left in the period.
Carl Hagelin added an empty netter with 14 seconds left to make the game 2-0, a score that held until the final buzzer.
The Pittsburgh Penguins win the series 4-2, their second Stanley Cup Championship in as many years.
Pittsburgh outshot the Predators 29-27 in the game.
After being outhit significantly by the Predators in the first period, the Penguins finished the game 24 hits to Nashville’s 23.
Nashville ended the game winning 68.4% of faceoffs.
Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player to his team throughout the duration of the playoffs with 8 goals and 19 assists for 27 points in the postseason.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings, and the first ever to do so in the salary-cap era. This is the Penguins’ 5th Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.