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The Hockey Has Not Been Great In The Stanley Cup Final

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There could very well be a Game 7, the apparent ultimate in this oddly one-sided, two-sided Stanley Cup Final.

But will that make this a great and memorable championship series?

Or is this yet another forgettable, turn the page, maybe regrettable Stanley Cup finale?

A not-so-funny thing seems to happen way too often on the way to too many Stanley Cup celebrations.

The first round of the playoffs is exhilarating and breathtaking and frenzied. There isn't anything better in sports. The second round is not quite as dramatic or emotional. The third round of the playoffs starts to drag, just a little.

By the fourth round — the championship round, the one that means the most — it’s often two fighters hanging on the ropes in the 11th and 12th rounds, hoping to get one last punch in, legs wobbling, bodies hurting.

It’s honourable and it’s hometown memorable and there is a certain quality and appreciation you can assign to it, but what it isn’t very often — and hasn’t been through five games of this Cup Final — is great hockey.

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Video- Coton Sissons Received A Match Penalty Last Night Late In The Game

 

 

 

added 12:28pm, No suspension, see below...

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The Great Sidney Crosby

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby can see the finish line now. An even loftier place in this great game’s history is within reach.

A man who misses no detail, who possesses an iron will to match his God-given skill, is doing absolutely everything in his power to grab it.

You saw it on the opening shift of Game 5 when Crosby sliced the Nashville Predators defence right open. Only 33 seconds had expired. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was ready.

"I had some speed and we had a pretty quick play, so I wasn’t sure if they were trying to get up and get their gap or if they were going to back up," Crosby said of the Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis pairing.

He sensed some indecision and barged straight through, hitting the right post behind Pekka Rinne with an off-balance shot. It resulted in a holding penalty to Ellis and, 41 seconds later, the opening goal after Crosby wheeled it out to Justin Schultz for a one-timer.

They were off. A defiant 6-0 victory followed.

"When he plays that way, it’s awfully easy to follow him," said veteran forward Matt Cullen. "There’s a lot of competitive guys, but I don’t think there are a lot of guys who can raise their level to where he gets to. When he senses the opportunity, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen, the way he steps up and raises his level."

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No Excuses, The Nashville Predators Were Bad In Game 5

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Desperation usually wins the day,” coach Peter Laviolette said a few hours before the brand-new biggest game in Predators history, but this was simply domination.

It took 91 seconds for the Pittsburgh Penguins to get on the board and it took 7 minutes for them to go up 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Final Game 5 both teams had to have but only one showed up to play. The Penguins used that start to destroy the Predators 6-0 on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena, take a 3-2 series lead and create an opportunity Sunday in Nashville to win their second straight Stanley Cup.

They deserve all due credit for responding like the championship team they are after losing Games 3 and 4 at Bridgestone Arena by a combined score of 9-2. But the Predators, who have been almost faultless and often overachieving in these playoffs, deserve the opposite.

Maybe this was just one too many “biggest game ever, man” moments in a row? Maybe the mean Pittsburgh fans were too loud? Maybe the pregame meal was too cold or the pregame hallway soccer too intense?

I’m searching here for some kind of excuse for the worst period of hockey the Predators have played in nearly two months of postseason hockey – the period that happened to open the biggest game ever, man. And, man, I just can’t find one.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed Sidney Crosby and the first period of last night's game along with a few other topics.

 

 

Below, watch the post-game addition with Cherry and MacLean, Don felt the Penguins did not fold their tent quick enough.

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Video- Incoming Water Bottle

Should have been a penalty or maybe an all-star weekend event.

 

 

added 6/9/17 7:59am, Below, watch Sidney Crosby post-game, including his explanation of the water bottle toss at the :55 second mark.

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Video- Sidney Crosby And P.K. Subban Battle

No penalties...2 minutes each...

 

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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Later tonight, one team will be a win away from raising the Stanley Cup.

Nashville @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

Feel free to comment on the game.

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Nashville Predators President Not Happy With Media Reports Out Of Pittsburgh

from Autumn Allison of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators president Sean Henry has had it with the knocks against Nashville’s status as a hockey town by members of the Pittsburgh media.

Henry went on WNSR Nashville Sports Radio Thursday morning to discuss the Predators impressive run that has gained the admiration of national media during the Stanley Cup Final, but ended up addressing the claims against Nashville by a handful of Pittsburgh reporters.

Pittsburgh TV station KDKA has been the ringleader of the Predators hate with chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla, who tweeted before Nashville’s Game 4 4-1 victory that he was “really getting tired of hearing about Nashville’s fans” and that “one Stanley Cup Playoffs does not make a hockey town.”

Writer Dan Kingerski, a radio personality on 93.7 The Fan and PGH Hockey Now writer, suggested that Nashville is pumping in artificial crowd noise into Bridgestone Arena....

“This is a great sports city. … I just don’t understand that moron that keeps talking about how bad Nashville is or how we pipe in music,” said Henry during the radio show.

“… He’s a schmuck, to say what it is. And there’s some other reporter quote, un-quote, I don’t know who or what he writes for. But I just don’t understand why it’s just so important to knock Nashville.”

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Still No Clear Favorite After Four Stanley Cup Final Games

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

If you were to go only by the scores you might think this is one of the worst Stanley Cup finals in history.

5-3, 4-1, 5-1, 4-1.

Except that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Through four games the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins have given us exactly what you want out of a championship series. They’ve both provided us reasons to believe they’re on the verge of lifting the Cup. They’ve also dropped a few hints of doubt.

As we return to PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 on Thursday night, there is legitimate tension and intrigue with three games – at most – to play before summer.

Ask yourself: Who is going to win this thing?

"We’ll see over this next little bit," said Sidney Crosby, when asked Wednesday if his Penguins team has a special winning quality to it. "But what got us here is we’ve found ways, that we believe in each other. We’ve gone through things like injuries and stuff like that. We’ve been told how hard it is to even get to this position, so I think the fact that we’ve gotten here we’ve overcome certain things.

"We’ve got to find a way to get two more wins here."

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