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  • 11 Jun 2017
    NASHVILLE — The Pittsburgh Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Sunday night. Keep in mind that the home team has won every game in the best-of-seven series. The Predators are 9-1 at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the Penguins have won Lord Stanley four times on the road and wanted to become the first NHL team to win back-to-back championships since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. That being said, both teams felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be a winner. Game 6 opened with a Predators' power play after Ian Cole was called for interference on P.K. Subban 6:46 into the opening period. Nashville was unable to capitalize with the man advantage. There was a large scramble in front of the Penguins' net at 18:40 of the period as the Predators tried to get the puck into the net past Matt Murray, but it went into the air and rolled past his head. Evgeni Malkin's wrist shot was saved by Rinne with 33.5 seconds left in the period. Both teams skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Penguins. Colton Sissons scored what appeared to be the Predators' first goal of the night, but the Penguins challenged the play because the referee blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line. After video review, the officials reversed the Predators' goal. Rinne made a lot of outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless. The game remained scoreless after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 22-19 in favor of the Penguins. Rinne made an incredible save to prevent Scott Wilson's shot from entering the Predators' net 1:50 into the third period. The controversy continued when Patric Hornqvist sent the puck past Rinne's left elbow for his fifth goal of the playoffs to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 18:25 of the third. The Predators challenged the play for goalie interference, but the officials confirmed it was a good goal. The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker 25 seconds later. Carl Hagelin made it 2-0 Penguins with an empty-net goal — his second of the playoffs — with just 13.6 seconds left in regulation. The Penguins shutout the Predators 2-0 in Game 6. Murray stopped all 27 shots he faced. Rinne made 27 saves in a losing effort. Penguins won the series 4-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor ShearyScott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil KesselChris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan RustCarl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron HainseyIan Cole - Trevor DaleyOlli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body) Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus AbergViktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James NealAustin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig SmithColin Wilson - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Mattias Ekholm - P.K. SubbanRoman Josi - Matt IrwinAnthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, PA Parenteau, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Ryan Ellis (undisclosed)
    232 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • 19 May 2017
    OTTAWA — The Pittsburgh Penguins held onto a 3-2 lead en route to a series-tying victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre Friday. The Penguins took a 1-0 lead with 46 seconds left in the opening period. Olli Maatta drove to the net and ripped a shot from the bottom of the circle, beating Craig Anderson for his first career postseason goal in 46 games. The Penguins outshot the Senators 14-9 and led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The officials called a penalty on the Senators 6:43 into the second period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau went to the box for roughing Sidney Crosby. After the puck was passed around several times, Crosby stood in front of the net, received a pass from Jake Guentzel and stuffed it past Craig Anderson for his sixth goal of the playoffs. The Penguins made it a 2-0 game at 7:41. Brian Dumoulin extended the Senators' lead to 3-0 at 11:30 with his first postseason goal in 44 games. Ottawa benefited from a fortunate bounce after Dumoulin's shot went off Dion Phaneuf's skate and into the net. The Penguins' defense was outstanding as Matt Murray made 15 saves before the 2:16 mark. Clarke MacArthur ruined Murray's shutout bid with 1:38 left in the second. The scoring play began when Bobby Ryan spun around and found MacArthur, who tipped it in top-shelf past Anderson for his third goal of the playoffs. The Penguins outshot the Senators 28-16 and carried a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Tom Pyatt pulled the Senators within one with 5:01 left in the third period. The insane play started when Erik Karlsson fired a long-range shot that deflected off the skate of Pyatt and into the net. As a result, Pyatt notched his second goal of the playoffs. The Senators pulled Anderson for an extra attacker late in regulation. Murray blocked MacArthur's slap shot with just six seconds left in the game. The Penguins made it a series with a 3-2 victory over the Senators. Murray finished with 24 saves for Pittsburgh while Anderson made 32 saves in a losing effort for Ottawa. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Scott Wilson Matt Cullen - Carter Rowney Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Chad Ruhwedel Mark Streit Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: None Injured: Bryan Rust (upper body), Justin Schultz (upper body), Patric Hornqvist (upper body), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Kris Letang (neck) Senators' projected linesClarke MacArthur - Derick Brassard - Bobby Ryan Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Alexandre Burrows Zack Smith - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone Viktor Stalberg - Tom Pyatt - Ryan Dzingel Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci Fredrik Claesson - Chris Wideman Craig Anderson Mike Condon Scratched: Tommy Wingels, Chris Kelly, Ben Harpur, Chris Neil, Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, Chris DiDomenico Injured: Mark Borowiecki (lower body) Alex Burrows, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 3, will be a game-time decision. Mark Borowiecki participated in the Senators' optional morning skate and is close to returning from a lower-body injury he sustained in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins, but won't play. Up NextThe series shifts to PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 Sunday at 3 pm EST on NBC.
    182 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • 01 May 2017
    PITTSBURGH — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winning goal on the power play at 3:13 of the overtime period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at PPG Paints Arena on Monday night.The Penguins brought a 2-0 series lead back to Pittsburgh in hopes of completing a sweep against the Capitals. Things didn't go well for the Penguins. They lost their captain Sidney Crosby early in the first period. Crosby took a hit to the head by Matt Niskanen, who was ejected from the game after serving a five-minute major for cross-checking along with a 10-minute game misconduct. The Capitals capitalized on the power play to open the scoring with 6:55 left in the first period. Bryan Rust went to the box for delay of game with a puck over the glass. Nicklas Backstrom collected a pass from Alexander Ovechkin and ripped a wrist shot that deflected off a defender and went past Marc-Andre Fleury for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Capitals, who led the Penguins 1-0 after the first period. The officials overturned Chris Kunitz' game-tying goal scored early in the second period. The Capitals used their coach's challenge to search for goaltender interference. No goal for the Penguins. Things continued to roll downhill for the Penguins as Conor Sheary went down on the ice as a result of friendly fire type of attack by Patric Hornqvist. Sheary exited the game with the help of an athletic trainer. The Capitals held onto a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes, despite the Penguins leading in shots 23-19. There wasn't much breathing room in Monday's game, but the Capitals took a 2-0 lead with 10:14 left in the third period. Evgeny Kuznetsov collected a pass from Marcus Johansson and beat Fleury top-shelf for his third goal of the playoffs. The Penguins pulled Fleury for an extra attacker late in the game. They scored two goals in a span of 48 seconds without Fleury protecting the net. The Penguins cut the lead in half with 1:53 left in regulation. Phil Kessel set up Evgeni Malkin, who beat Braden Holtby short-side for his third goal of the playoffs. Justin Schultz accepted a pass from Malkin and put it into the net for his first goal of the playoffs, tying the game 2-2 with 1:05 left on the clock. The game went into overtime as both teams were tied at two apiece after 60 minutes. The Capitals edged the Penguins in shots 31-29. Trevor Daley was called for holding at 2:40 of overtime. Shattenkirk scored the game-winner, his first goal of the playoffs, on the power play just 33 seconds later. The Capitals edged the Penguins with a 3-2 overtime victory to split the best-of-seven series. Holtby finished with 28 saves for Washington. Fleury made 30 saves in a losing effort for Pittsburgh. Notes Penguins' probable linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan RustChris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil KesselScott Wilson - Nick Bonino - Conor ShearyTom Kuhnhackl - Matt Cullen - Carter Rowney Ian Cole - Justin SchultzOlli Maatta - Trevor DaleyMark Streit - Ron Hainsey Marc-Andre Fleury Tristan Jarry Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel Injured: Matt Murray (lower body), Kris Letang (upper body), Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed), Carl Hagelin (undisclosed), Brian Dumoulin (undisclosed) Capitals' probable linesAlex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. OshieMarcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin WilliamsAndre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Tom WilsonDaniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Paul Carey Nate Schmidt - John CarlsonDmitry Orlov - Matt NiskanenBrooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk Braden Holtby Philipp Grubauer Scratched: Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney, Chandler Stephenson Injured: Karl Alzner (upper body) Up Next Both teams meet again Wednesday in PPG Paints Arena for Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN.
    158 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • 05 Jun 2017
    NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators evened the series at two apiece with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Monday night. Matt Murray made a great pad save on Filip Forsberg's slap shot 6:55 into the opening period. Murray also denied Austin Watson's shot, but Calle Jarnkrok cleaned up the rebound in front for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:51. The Penguins challenged Jarnkrok's play for goalie interference, but the officials announced that it was a good goal for the Predators. Sidney Crosby sneaked a backhand shot past Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1 just 1:06 later. Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Predators. Just 3:45 into the second period, Frederick Gaudreau beat Murray to put the Predators back on top. Gaudreau completed a successful wraparound attempt to score his third goal of the playoffs after the officials confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. With his third goal of the playoffs, Viktor Arvidsson made it 3-1 Predators at 13:08. Arvidsson scored on the breakaway to snap his 16-game goalless drought dating back to April 20 against the Chicago Blackhawks at home. Shots were 15-14 in favor of the Predators, who led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Penguins pulled Murray for an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the third period. Forsberg scored an unassisted, empty-net goal — his ninth of the playoffs — from 197 feet away to expand the Predators' lead to 4-1 with 3:23 left in the third. Things got chippy when Mattias Ekholm dropped the gloves with Josh Archibald with 1:39 left in regulation. As a result, Ekholm received roughing and slashing minors while Archibald got called for roughing. Ryan Ellis went to the box for cross-checking Jake Guentzel. The Penguins received a 5-on-3 with 22.4 seconds remaining, but were unable to put one in the net. The Predators beat the Penguins 4-1. Rinne finished with 23 saves for Nashville whereas Murray made 22 saves in a losing effort for Nashville. Series tied 2-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Conor Sheary - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson Carl Hagelin - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Ian Cole - Trevor Daley Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body)Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith PA Parenteau - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)Up NextThe series shifts to PPG Paints Arena as both teams face each other in Game 5 Thursday at 8 pm EST on NBC.
    131 Posted by Ana Kieu
NHL 98 views May 29, 2017
Penguins take Game 1 of SCF with 5-3 win over Predators

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an early deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Monday night.

Both teams entered the best-of-seven series ready to rumble after fending off their previous opponents. The Penguins endured a hard-fought Game 7 that ended in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators whereas the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6. Pittsburgh also aimed to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 19 NHL seasons.

The Predators made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance Monday. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Nashville in the opening period.

P.K. Subban scored what appeared to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the first. After a Penguins' turnover, Subban took a wrist shot and fired it past the blocker of Matt Murray for his third goal of the playoffs. However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged the play, claiming it was offside before the goal was scored. The officials reversed Nashville's opening goal.

The Penguins received a 5-on-3 after James Neal was called for cross-checking and Calle Jarnkrok went to the box for interference. Pittsburgh then scored three goals on five shots in the final 4:11.

Sidney Crosby's shot to Trevor Daley was promptly passed to Evgeni Malkin, whose puck ended up in the back of the net, beating Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs and first power-play goal at 15:32.

Conor Sheary scored his first goal of the playoffs 65 seconds later as he caught Rinne off guard and his shot went into an empty net.

Nick Bonino netted an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 Penguins 17 seconds left in the first. Bonino's one-handed shot went into the net for his third of the playoffs.  

The Penguins were up 3-0 after 20 minutes of play.

The Predators trailed for the first time in the postseason, but at least avoided a shutout in the second period.

Ian Cole headed to the box for roughing at 6:39. Ryan Ellis ended Rinne's shutout bid with a power-play goal at 8:21. Viktor Arvidsson's screen in front of Matt Murray allowed Ellis to fire the puck past heavy traffic for his fifth of the playoffs.

The Penguins recorded no shots in a period for the first time in team postseason history.

The Penguins brought a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 20-8 in favor of the Predators.

The Predators tied the game 3-3 in a span of 3:23 in the final period.

Malkin received a slashing penalty at 9:36. Colton Sissons pulled the Predators within one with a power-play goal 30 seconds later. Sissons increased position in front and deflected Roman Josi's shot home for his sixth of the playoffs.

Frederick Gaudreau received a beautiful pass from Austin Watson and buried his first career postseason goal, tying the game 3-3 at 6:31.

It didn't take long for the Penguins to stage a comeback.

Jake Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal to put the Penguins ahead 4-3 with 3:17 left in the third. Guentzel raced into the zone and used a quick wrist shot to beat Rinne for his 10th of the playoffs.

The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker late in the third. The decision backfired as Nick Bonino tallied an empty-net goal with 1:02 left in regulation. Bonino unleashed an extended wrist shot from the neutral zone, scoring into the empty net for his second goal of the night and fourth of the playoffs.

The Penguins beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 1. Murray finished with 23 saves for Pittsburgh while Rinne made seven saves in a losing effort for Nashville.

The Penguins lead the series 1-0.

Notes
Predators' projected lines
Filip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg

Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal

Colin Wilson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith

Frederick Gaudreau - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki, Harry Zolnierczyk, Cody McLeod

Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur)


Penguins' projected lines
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary

Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Carter Rowney

Jake Guentzel - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist

Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey

Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley

Ian Cole - Justin Schultz

Matt Murray

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Carl Hagelin, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire

Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion)

Up Next
Both teams return to action Wednesday for Game 2 at 8 pm EST on NBCSN.