Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate after defeating Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Sunday to clinch back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns in the first such title defense in nearly 20 years.Patric Hornqvist fired Pittsburgh into the lead with 1:35 left in the final period to silence a raucous home crowd in Nashville who had roared on their team, who ultimately fell to a 4-2 loss in the series.With the Predators' goal empty, it was left to Carl Hagelin to score the coup de grace with a breakaway, triggering wild celebrations on the Penguins bench.The Penguins became the first team to defend the Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings achieved the feat in 1998 .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.
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