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The Pittsburgh Penguins repeat, are the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions

It is always better to get it done sooner than later.

Rinne, who's so competitive that he doesn't like when teammates score on him in practice, is back in Nashville, where he has been almost unbeatable the last two postseasons at 13-1. Both times, they allowed their opponent to get back into the series and force a Game 7 - something that Pittsburgh does not want to do again.

Having the Stanley Cup in Bridgestone Arena gives the Predators plenty of motivation as well in the first game they've faced elimination this postseason. Will it be Carrie Underwood, whose husband, Mike Fisher, is the Predators' captain?

The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. "I think he sets the tone for our team". A crowd of 100,000 was expected in downtown Nashville for the game.

According to the NHL, he will sing four songs at 6 p.m., which will be streamed live on NHL.com, before the live broadcast starts at 7 p.m.

Hill became the latest country music star to sing the national anthem in Music City, joining the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

Consider his description of the opening couple minutes Thursday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. He had turned to his right, so Sissons was able to dive and poke the puck into the open right side of the goal. Referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck and whistled down play just before Sissons tipped home the loose puck in the crease.

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

Superior penalty killing: The Penguins killed off four Nashville power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 32 seconds.

"We haven't overtaxed guys", he said. "We know what we need to do in Game 6", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.

Losing Suter might have been one the best things to happen to Josi. "We believed all the way".

Sullivan inherited the Penguins midway through last season and has now led them to back-to-back championships in 18 months on the job.

The defenseman has 13 points for Nashville this postseason and was the first defenseman in the National Hockey League with a seven-game point streak in the postseason since 1998 when both Chris Pronger and Jason Woolley put together such a streak. In the end, the Penguins had more than enough in the tank to bring home another title. "He's obviously one of the best players - or the best player in the world - so we have to make sure we play him hard each shift".

He joins Bernie Parent (1974-75) and Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux (1991-92) as the only players to win them consecutively.

But now he has won three Stanley Cups; was a finalist a fourth time; and you can now making the case that he's edged his way into the discussion of the top-five players of all time.



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