NASHVILLE — It’s over.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first team in 20 years to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons, beating the Nashville Predators in the championship series four games to two.
Pittsburgh’s core group of players, team captain Sidney Crosby among them, have now reached hockey immortally. Since 2008, they have won the Cup three times in four Final appearances. No one has captured the trophy in consecutive years in the salary cap era. It is the fifth Stanley Cup the team has won in their 50 year history.