Ice hockey - Penguins down Predators to retain Stanley Cup

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)

- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to clinch back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns with a 4-2 series victory. Patric Hornqvist fired Pittsburgh into the lead with 1:35 left in the final period to silence a raucous home crowd in Nashville. Hornqvist's killer blow -- which deflected off Pekka Rinne -- left Nashville exposed as they chased the game for an equaliser. With the Predators' goal empty, it was left to Carl Hagelin to score the second with a breakaway to trigger wild celebrations on the Penguins bench. The Penguins are the first team to defend the Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings achieved the feat in 1998 and their star Sidney Crosby was named MVP.

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