Crosby is the third player in National Hockey League history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in back-to-back years.
Crosby was named the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs on Sunday for the second year in a row after his Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the final for their second straight Stanley Cup.
But with Nashville failing to capitalize on its four power-play chances, including 32 seconds of five-on-three in the third period, the Predators opened the door for the Penguins to take control of the game.
Rinne, meanwhile, was back to his home-ice self early in Sunday's matchup, halting nine shots from the Penguins, including a line drive from Conn Smythe victor Sidney Crosby in the final minute of the first period.
The Penguins lead the series 3-2, and seeking to become the NHL's first team to win consecutive Stanley Cup championships since Detroit won in 1997 and '98.
Going into Sunday's Game 6, the Predators had posted a 9-1 record at home in these playoffs.
Those were shots that had to count for this Predators team, playing without top line center Ryan Johansen or winger Kevin Fiala, and with defenseman Ryan Ellis severely hobbled, to have a chance.
Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year.
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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. "He was our leader and picked up the team when we needed it". He has played in the Penguins organization since leaving Boston College, and is in his second full season in the National Hockey League.
It was the first time that a team has repeated as champions in nearly 20 years.
This championship season for the Penguins lacked some of the drama from a year ago, but it was far from a slam dunk. It Murray, though, who was tested big time with less than two minutes to go in the period.
"You come to the rink every day and you get to play with him, so it's special", said the 22-year-old rookie.
Approaching the shortest offseason in team history, the 2017-18 version of the Predators should look very similar to the one that made this deep playoff run. (Ron Hextall of the Flyers won.) "I don't think any of us really thought about it at all".
How it happened: With neither team giving an inch and ice conditions likely not ideal, it seemed increasingly likely that this game would come down to a freaky bounce. But the story of the game was Hornqvist's tally, which was a weird one.
Filip Forsberg drove and shot at Murray on that fateful play, and the Pens goalie appeared to make the play-ending grab before Sissons outstretched to push the loose puck into the net. At different times in the playoffs, Crosby, Justin Schultz, Hornqvist, Nick Bonino, Hagelin, Trevor Daley and others all missed time because of injury.
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