Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Repeats

On Sunday the Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished something that only the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings did by repeating as Stanley Cup champions, defeating the NHL's Cinderella story Nashville Predators 2-0 in a very controversial Game 6. The goal scored by Colten Sissons was disallowed by referee Kevin Pollock after he lost sight of the puck and blew his whistle because he thought Pittsburgh Goaltender Matt Murray had the puck. Sissons goal should have counted under what the NHL deems a continuous play. Rule 34.8 of the NHL's official rules states "(Contious play) would also include situations whereby the Referee stops play or is in the process of stopping the play because he has lost sight of the puck and it is subsequently determined by video review that the puck crosses (or has crossed) the goal line and enters the net as the culmination of a continuous play where the result was unaffected by the whistle (i.e., the timing of the whistle was irrelevant to the puck entering the net at the end of a continuous play). 

This was a very close series throughout as the only blowout in this series was Game 5 when the Penguins defeated the Predators 6-0.  Even with the blowout in game 5 the Predators and star goaltender, Pekka Rinne, only gave up 2.68 goals throughout the series. Ferris State alum Chris Kunitz picks up his 4th Stanley Cup Championship, all with the Penguins. Captian Sidney Crosby was also named playoff MVP, being awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for the second time in his career.