A stellar attack collides with a spectacular defense as the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins take on the upstart Nashville Predators in a Stanley Cup Finals full of contrasts starting on Monday. Something has got to give when the best-of-seven for the National Hockey League crown gets underway in the Steel City of Pittsburgh and home favorites Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and friends try to work the puck past brilliant Finnish goalkeeper Pekka Rinne. The Penguins could become the first team in 19 years to hoist the huge silver trophy in back-to-back years since the Detroit Red Wings, and claim their third title in a decade.
The Penguins are the slight favorites in Vegas to win the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
(Reuters) - List of National Hockey League champions: 2016 - Pittsburgh Penguins def. San Jose Sharks 4-2 2015 - Chicago Blackhawks def. Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 2014 - Los Angeles Kings def. New York Rangers 4-1 2013 - Chicago Blackhawks def. Boston Bruins 4-2 2012 - Los Angeles Kings def. New Jersey Devils 4-2 2011 - Boston Bruins def. Vancouver Canucks 4-3 2010 - Chicago Blackhawks def. Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 2009 - Pittsburgh Penguins def. Detroit Red Wings 4-3 2008 - Detroit Red Wings def. Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 2007 - Anaheim Ducks def. Ottawa Senators 4-1 2006 - Carolina Hurricanes ...