Ref's early whistle costs Predators a goal in Game 6

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 83 minutes and 23 seconds.

C Sidney Crosby, who scored eight goals and dished out 19 assists in 24 playoff games, was named Conn Smythe Trophy victor as postseason most valuable player for the second straight year. When the moment was appropriately captured, he skated over to collect his latest hardware.

"Opportunities like this, they don't come around often, so you want to make the majority", Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. And if he keeps on winning Conn Smythe awards, his star will only continue to shine.

The goal was a unusual one as Hornqvist shot the puck from behind the net, banking it off of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and into the net.

Hornqvist had been drafted by the Predators, the last pick in 2005. It is also the third championship for Crosby and a handful of teammates from the 2009 title team, surpassing the two won by the Penguins teams led by current owner Mario Lemieux in the 1990s. Carl Hagelin potted an empty netter shortly afterwards to grant the Penguins a 2-0 win in Game 6 and a 4-2 series win over the underdog Predators. Of course, don't forget Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist too.

No game sheet is complete without plus-minus, a sometimes misleading statistic that attempts to reflect a skater's two-way performance. But Pittsburgh mounted another playoff run, surviving a seven-game series with the Capitals and outlasting the upstart Predators in the Stanley Cup Final.

Matt Murray made saves on all 27 shots he faced, clinching his second Stanley Cup while still technically being a rookie.

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Nashville selected Hornqvist last overall in the 2005 draft, 229 selections after Crosby went first. 1 and 2 in playoff scoring since the league's 2005 lockout, and they were world-beaters again this year. "To be able to do this, it's really rewarding".

The organization is about to enter an offseason of change. Team captain Mike Fisher is an unrestricted free agent, but he seems likely to stay in Nashville if he wants to. It's possible that Sunday night's game was the last of the 40-year-old Cullen's career.

Matt Murray closed out the season with back to back shutouts.

"The '97-98 Wings, who I grew up cheering for being from MI", forward Bryan Rust said. "And then we got a good bounce there at the end".

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who was named the MVP of the series, said the Penguins had set themselves a goal of emulating Detroit at the start of the season. There were chances both ways, sloshing and slashing back and forth, dead even.

Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis is playing and in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. He finished with one shot attempt and logged just eight minutes of ice time. Their ruling was that the whistle had blown before the puck went into the net, so it wasn't a goal.

The Predators thought they had a goal at 1:07 of the second period. The Predators were largely gracious about it, and walked out of the arena in suits, their eyes red-rimmed, their faces suddenly strangely hollow.

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