NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 23, 2017
Nashville Predators advance to Stanley Cup Final plus updates on the Pittsburgh Penguins & Ottawa Senators in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are heading to the Stanley Cup Final. The Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 in a wild third period in Game 6 to conclude the Western Conference Final and win the Clarence Campbell Bowl.
At one point in the third, the Ducks rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game, but Colton Sissons’ third goal of the game snapped the tie and proved the game winner, sending Predators fans jumping with joy. Ducks winger Nick Ritchie didn’t help his club’s cause, getting ejected from the game in the first period after bloodying Preds forward Viktor Arvidsson with a boarding penalty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Predators for their hard-earned victory. Despite losing top center Ryan Johansen earlier in this series to a season-ending leg injury, the Preds didn’t skip a beat and continued to roll four lines in Johansen’s absence. They now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins need a closer’s mentality to finish off the Senators tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Pens lead the series three games to two and appear poised to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.
NHL.COM: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and center Derick Brassard will play in Game 6 tonight. Both missed the third period of Game 5 with injuries. Winger Alex Burrows and defenseman Mark Borowiecki are listed as day-to-day. Senators forward Tommy Wingels will not face supplemental discipline for his headshot on Penguins forward Scott Wilson late in the third period of Game 5.