The hardest thing to do in hockey is repeat as champions and for the first time in 20 years the Penguins were able to accomplish that goal with a 2-0 victory over Nashville in game 6.
This victory didn’t come without some controversy though, in the 2nd period referee Kevin Pollock blew a premature whistle when Nashville forward Colton Sissons looked to be scoring a pretty easy goal but as the rules say once the whistle is blown the play is dead and can not be reviewed. This wasn’t the reason Nashville lost though they had plenty of chances to score including a 5-3 powerplay in the 3rd period.
With a little over a minute remaining Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist was the hero for Pittsburgh when he banked a shot off the back of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne to take a 1-0 lead. Carl Hagelin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal in the last 15 seconds. Matt Murray made 27 saves for his 2nd consecutive shutout and 4th of the playoffs.
Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row, but arguably Malkin deserved it this year more when he finished with 27 points (1 more than Crosby).