Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup with Game 6 road win


It would have counted had referee Kevin Pollock not blown his whistle prematurely, costing the Preds an important 1-0 lead on a night when goals were so hard to come from.

But rather than signal for a goal, the referee raised his arms in the air to signify that the play was already dead.

It was the fifth postseason goal for Hornqvist, who deflected the puck off netminder Pekka Rinne from behind the goal line at the right post after Justin Schultz's wide shot.

"Time certainly goes by fast", Crosby said before the series started.

"They wanted something new", Byron said, but added they also wanted something of an old throwback. I never thought about the MVP. "I know how important it is to him and how proud he is with the city and the organization and everybody's who's been a part of it". "Nobody even talked about it", said Gretzky. "I think we're going to take a lot of experience on this run and we'll be back again next year". Matt Cullen, who might retire after this season, could do so in style by winning the Stanley Cup. He's been there since the beginning and put in some miles, if you will, to get to this point. They'll be fighting for their playoff lives and for the chance to steal away the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh for Game 7. That's what you set your goal for as a kid.

Ellis did not skate Saturday, though several Predators did not take the ice in an optional practice.

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There was a disagreements of sorts between the National Hockey League and the Predators after the morning skate.

Also, what he allegedly did to P.K. Subban while on the ice. The Preds said no. The Predators look to extend this series for all the marbles to one more game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Irwin has played with Josi, Ekholm and Subban. At press time, O'Halloran was reportedly standing frozen in horror after dropping the Stanley Cup. Tough series for Forsberg, who just one goal in six games, an empty netter. After selling out each regular-season home game, Nashville's fans not only packed the arena in the postseason, they attempted to blow the roof off of the building with their constant full-throated yelling beginning even before the opening faceoff.

During the 72-hour break between Games 2 and 3, Predators coach Peter Laviolette was asked repeatedly if he meant to bench Rinne.

Everything went perfectly for Pittsburgh in the last game. Guentzel did not score on the play.

The best-of-seven series heads back to Nashville tonight and either the Penguins will be crowned the champions for the second straight year or both teams will pack up and head back to Pittsburgh for Game 7.

The NHL ruled Conn Smythe voters may not fill out their ballot with a dual Fleury-Murray entry, which makes the candidacy for either a longshot. Pekka Rinne at home: two goals against into the ninth periods at home. Rinne allowed three goals on nine shots.