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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Will we have a game 7 on Wednesday?

Pittsburgh @ Nashville, PIT leads 3-2, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

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P.K. Subban Silenced?

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

This isn’t really a story about the media. On the morning of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins had a chance to win a second straight Stanley Cup, Nashville’s P.K. Subban skated. The NHL’s media rules say if a player skates, he must be made available to the media. Reporters like talking to P.K. because he is one of the few hockey players who tries to entertain, who is not afraid to show his personality. Besides, Subban had not spoken since after Game 5, two days earlier. So, a ring of us waited for him. Standard issue.

Subban walked into the crowded dressing room and started towards the ring of media at his locker, and was heard to ask team PR director Kevin Wilson, “Do you want me to talk today?” Wilson directed Subban back out of the room for a moment, and then Subban walked through the room and didn’t stop.

The team’s explanation: Gosh, they had meant to make Subban available on Saturday, but dagnabbit, he slipped away before they could. And he had not spoken on the morning of a game all playoffs, so their hands were tied, see? Some falsehoods are barely worth telling, but there you are.

Again, this only seems like a media story. You would think a sport would want its biggest and most marketable stars to be front and centre at its showcase event, but hey, none of Pittsburgh’s best players have spoken on the morning of games all playoffs long. Putting your stars in front of cameras is, or should be, sports marketing 101.


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How The Stanley Cup Run Has Helped The Nashville Predators

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators co-owner and Chairman Tom Cigarran anticipates wide-ranging benefits from the team’s first Stanley Cup Final.

“We have already gone from an expansion franchise from the South to an organization that the National Hockey League is very proud of, and very happy that we’re one of their member teams,” Cigarran said this week.

“So I expect that we’ll have more influence at the national level than we’ve had before. The publicity for the league has been terrific. And NBC is very happy with the way we’ve managed this process, the fans in the street and the whole thing Sean (Henry) has done with the famous artists singing the national anthem. Everybody’s watching the anthem, you know? And it just adds to the game. They take shots of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman jumping up and down in the crowd, hugging each other.

"So this is now a cool place. And that helps recruiting companies and all the other benefits. It has been a great place to raise a family. The tax situation is good. People who live in Tennessee are hard-working, great people. So if you’re thinking about moving your company, our stock has gone way up.”


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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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