Penguins Win 2017 Stanley Cup Final: Score, Celebration Highlights, Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11:  Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions once again after their Game 6 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The 2-0 win Sunday night secured a 4-2 series score, giving the Penguins their fifth title in franchise history. They also became the first team to win back-to-back championships since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

Patrick Hornqvist scored the go-ahead goal to break the 0-0 tie Sunday, but it was the open-net score by Carl Hagelin that clinched the victory.

The bench immediately erupted knowing it had won the title:

The postgame reaction was joyous as well:

Even though this team had just won a year ago, there likely will be no shortage of dancing as the night continues.

Of course, the biggest moment at the end of each season is the actual raising of the Cup:

Sidney Crosby became just the third player ever to win back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies as the most valuable player in the playoffs, totaling eight goals in 19 assists in 24 games. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also deserved plenty of consideration, although this just goes to show how much offensive talent this squad has.

Matt Murray also shouldn't be overlooked with back-to-back shutouts to close out the Stanley Cup Final.

Still, it was a team effort to bring home the title, and everyone got a chance to celebrate together:

Although they will have plenty of time to enjoy this championship, they should enter the 2017-18 season as favorites to bring home a third straight title.

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