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Pittsburgh Penguins strike late to repeat as Stanley Cup champs

June 11 (Reuters) - Patric Hornqvist's late goal followed by an empty-netter from Carl Hagelin lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a thrilling 2-0 Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

With the victory, the Penguins clinched the best-of-seven championship 4-2 to win the franchise's fifth Stanley Cup. They also became the NHL's first repeat champion since Detroit did it 19 years ago.

Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with only 95 seconds left when he batted a puck that had bounced off the end boards out of mid-air, off the net and off goaltender Pekka Rinne's back and into the goal.

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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)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate in the bench area in the third period of Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Penguins defeated the Predators 2-0. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring against Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Catfish are thrown on the ice before game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; A general view as hockey fans gather on Broadway before the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save as ice sprays during the second period of Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: A Pittsburgh Penguins fan reacts after a goal during the third period in Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period in Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators hits Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvannia. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: James Neal #18 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with his teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes the toe save on Frederick Gaudreau #32 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Predators defeated the Penguins 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Hagelin iced the game with 14 seconds left when, with Rinne out of the goal in favor of an extra attacker, he scored into the empty net.

The two late goals followed what had been a very tightly-contest game filled with chances for both teams.

The Penguins caught a huge break early in the second period when the referee lost sight of the puck and mistakenly blew his whistle to stop play moments before Predators forward Colton Sissons poked home a rebound.

RELATED: Stanley Cup champions through the years

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Stanley Cup Champions throughout NHL history

Montreal Canadiens: 1916, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967

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New York Rangers: 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994

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Boston Bruins: 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011

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Chicago Blackhawks: 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings: 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008

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Philadelphia Flyers: 1974, 1975

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New York Islanders: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

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Edmonton Oilers: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990

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Calgary Flames: 1989

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016

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New Jersey Devils: 1995, 2000, 2003

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Colorado Avalanche: 1996, 2001

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Dallas Stars: 1999

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 2004

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Los Angeles Kings: 2012, 2014

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Carolina Hurricanes: 2006

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Anaheim Ducks: 2007

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The referee thought Penguins goalie Matt Murray had the puck but it had actually trickled just behind him and into the crease where Sissons had what should have been the opening goal.

Sissons had another chance to put his team in front at the midway mark of the period when Pittsburgh got caught on a bad line change but he was denied by Murray on the breakaway chance.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Both/Peter Rutherford)

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