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Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 6, Nashville 0 – PIT leads 3-2
Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2), Sidney Crosby (0-3—3) and Phil Kessel (1-2—3) – the top three scorers, respectively, this postseason – each registered multiple points to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Malkin (10-18—28) posted his League-leading 27th and 28th points of the playoffs, reaching the 10-goal milestone for the third time in his 10 career postseasons (also 2009: 14 and 2008: 10). Only two other Penguins players have as many playoff years with 10 or more goals: Mario Lemieux (4x) and Jaromir Jagr (3x).
* Crosby (8-19—27) recorded his 56th career multi-point postseason game (147 GP), tied for fourth in NHL history with Paul Coffey (194 GP) and Glenn Anderson (225 GP). Crosby (4-16—20 in 24 GP) also surpassed Lemieux (10-9—19 in 9 GP) for the most career points by a Penguins player in the Stanley Cup Final.
* Kessel (8-15—23) added his fifth career three-point playoff game (70 GP), four of which have come in the last two years (48 GP). That includes two earlier this postseason, in Game 5 of the First Round vs. CBJ (1-2—3) and Game 2 of the Second Round at WSH (2-1—3).

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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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The Lastest On Seattle

from Brent Stecker of MyNorthwest,

Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke has a theory on why the proposal to renovate KeyArena hasn’t been as popular with some members of the general public as Chris Hansen’s proposal to build a new arena in Sodo.

“There is no NBA team,” Leiweke said on “Brock and Salk” Thursday morning, the day after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray chose OVG to head up the rebuild of KeyArena. “The majority of people who shoot at KeyArena and our vision are shooting at me for one reason, because I’m telling them something they don’t want to hear. So let me repeat this one last time: There is no expansion coming in the NBA.”

At least not any time soon....

That doesn’t mean OVG is heading into this venture without a plan to have an anchor tenant from one of the top four sports leagues in North America, though. The group announced Wednesday that Boston Celtics minority owner David Bonderman and Hollywood movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer have partnered up to make a run at acquiring an NHL franchise, which Leiweke said is a much more realistic goal in the short-term.

“It’s gonna be the NHL that comes first,” he said, adding that the group hasn’t given up on the NBA and has strong ties within that community that will come in handy down the road.

read on and notice in the story, no mention of an expansion team for the NHL, instead the words "make a run at acquiring an NHL franchise".  Could be something, could be just a choice of words.

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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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LA Kings Extend Tyler Toffoli

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Toffoli on a three-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Toffoli’s contract will have an Annual Average Value (AAV) of $4.6 million.

The 25-year-old Toffoli (born on April 24, 1992) is a 6-0, 201-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario, who appeared in 63 games last season with the Kings, posting 34 points (16-18=34), a plus-6 rating (third on the team) and 22 penalty minutes.

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Would The Flames Actually Leave Calgary?

from Eva Ferguson of the Calgary Sun,

In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of operations Brian Burke said the much-loved NHL team will leave the city if they don't get the new arena they've been seeking.

"We're not going to make the threat to leave. We'll just leave," Burke told a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary Wednesday.

"We still have a building that was built in 1983, the oldest in the league by more than 10 years.

"They figured it out in Edmonton. Where they know that a new building can rejuvenate the downtown. But I guess we're just smarter than that here."

Burke's speech aimed to focus on the financial challenges that Canadian NHL teams face, from a low Canadian dollar to more public support for new builds in the U.S.


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The TSN Insiders Today

via TSN,

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on Chris Chelios leaving Detroit and potentially joining the NHLPA, how the Ducks will are approaching the expansion draft, which teams have interest in Jordan Eberle, what it would take to get Mike Smith from Arizona and much more.

watch at TSN, (no geo-blocking)...

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