With their second Cup championship in three seasons, the Nashville Predator celebrated the team’s first title in franchise history, and also won the Cup.
Nashville Predators forward Ryan Ellis celebrates his goal with teammate Filip Forsberg (not pictured) in the second period of Game 7 of the Western Conference Final between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on December 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Predators won their first Stanley Cup in franchise annals in 20 years, taking a 3-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings.NASHVILLE, Tenn.
(AP)With their second Stanley Cup championship, the Predators celebrated the group’s first Stanley Cups in franchise histories, and added a second Stanley title in three years.
The Predators (21-10-3, 67 points) won Game 7 1-0 against the Blues, with Forsberg scoring a goal with 3:14 remaining in regulation to give the Predators a 1-1 lead.
The Preds then rallied to win Game 8 3-2 in overtime.
The win keeps Nashville atop the Western Division, and gives the Predators their fifth Stanley Cup.
The Predators also advanced to the Stanley Final.
The NHL announced the trophy as a member of the 2017-18 Hockey Hall of Fame class, along with the 2015-16 NHL Cup, 2015 Stanley Cup, 2009 NHL Cup and 1980 Stanley Cup All-Star Game trophies.
The 2017 Stanley Cup trophy was presented to Nashville Predators captain and former NHL defenseman Nicklas Backstrom, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 2016.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the trophy represents the history of the NHL and its players.
“It’s a great honor for all our players and fans to be recognized for their contributions to this great game,” Bettman told reporters.
“I think the players, their families and everyone who has played on this great stage of hockey will look back and think of what they did for this country.”
The Predators are the only team to win a Stanley Cup after they lost in the Western Final in 2014.