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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)
    231 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.
    130 Posted by Ana Kieu
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Penguins shut out Predators 6-0, take 3-2 series lead

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-2 series lead with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Thursday night.

After winning two games at home, the Predators attempted to maintain their momentum on the road against the Penguins. Both teams have won twice at home through four games.

Despite his last two lackluster starts, the Penguins put Matt Murray in net. He allowed five goals on 33 shots in Game 3. He then surrendered three late goals in a setback in Game 4. Though, his job as the Penguins' No. 1 goalie was questioned after losing back-to-back starts for the first time in 30 career playoff games.

Pekka Rinne is in the same boat as Murray. He allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, but responded well in the next two games. He made 50 saves on 52 shots in Games 3 and 4. He has seemed to have found his mojo, but not Thursday.

The Predators got a delayed penalty just 50 seconds into the opening period. Ryan Ellis was called for holding. The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play as Sidney Crosby received a puck from Patric Hornqvist and sent it to Justin Schultz, who fired the puck through Pekka Rinne's five-hole for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The puck was in the neutral zone, but Trevor Daley sent it to Chris Kunitz and it made its way to Bryan Rust, who beat Rinne for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The Penguins made it 2-0 at 13:17.

Both P.K. Subban and Sidney Crosby were called for holding with 1:32 left in the period. The game went into a 4-on-4 for two minutes.

Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne top-shelf for his 10th goal of the season. The Penguins took a 3-0 lead with 11 seconds left.

Shots were tied at nine apiece, but the Penguins had a comfortable 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The final 28 seconds of the 4-on-4 continued at the beginning of the second period.

Conor Sheary received a birthday present 1:12 into the second period. He tapped in a pass from Sidney Crosby for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Penguins a 4-0 lead. In addition, Jake Guentzel recorded his 21st point this postseason, tying the postseason record among rookies.

Phil Kessel skated into the high slot and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Juuse Saros for his eighth goal of the playoffs, extending the Penguins' lead to 5-0 at 11:58.

Ron Hainsey completed a tic-tac-toe play from Kessel and Evgeni Malkin. He tapped the puck into the net for his second goal of the playoffs, expanding the Penguins' lead to 6-0 with 3:20 left in regulation.

The Penguins had this game from start to finish as they shutout the Predators 6-0 in Game 5. They've won each of their previous four championships on the road. They won Lord Stanley last season with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 at SAP Center.

Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced.

Rinne allowed three shots on nine shots before leaving the game after the first 20 minutes. Saros finished with 12 saves in relief.

Penguins lead the series 3-2.

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

Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal

Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith

Harry Zolnierczyk - Frederick Gaudreau - Colin Wilson

 
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Vernon Fiddler, Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki

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


Penguins' projected lines
Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary

Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric Hornqvist

Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey

Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley

Ian Cole - Justin Schultz

Matt Murray

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Tom Kuhnhackl, 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), Nick Bonino (lower body)

Up Next
The Predators will try to regroup and find a way to beat the Penguins as the series shifts to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6 at 7 pm CST on NBC.



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