Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 Stanley Cup Final

  • Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 Stanley Cup Final

Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 Stanley Cup Final

What followed the '09 Cup was a cruel combination of injuries and illness that led to six consecutive seasons of falling short of returning to the final.

Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game at 5:09 in double overtime to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals with a thrilling 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game Seven of their Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday.

The 2017 Final begins Monday, when the Penguins host the Nashville Predators.

Asked how he'll remember the season, he had one word: "Love".

Nothing has ever come easy for hard-working Kunitz during his career, and nothing has come easy for the Penguins in this postseason.

Now he and Sullivan are facing off for hockey's biggest prize, starting the best-of-seven series on xxx.

"To be a part of history like that is awesome", winger Conor Sheary said.

Ottawa is finally in the rearview mirror.

And the chance is courtesy of Kunitz, who will be anything but an afterthought in the retelling of Pittsburgh's journey should the Penguins become the first back-to-back Stanley Cup champions of the salary cap era.

The tally briefly put the Penguins ahead before the Senators clawed back once again. "I'll look at riding the wave of the team of destiny with Nashville".

No, those names aren't fake.

Huge offensive edge to Pittsburgh in this series, especially with Johansen out. Furthermore, while many have been citing their strength of having Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby down the middle as insurmountable, neither of them have been monsters at even strength. Fortunately for Nashville, their centers will have some help. Join the Pens Labyrinth team! It may be the best overall group in hockey today. He runs the offense, as far as the forwards are concerned, and it's in Pittsburgh's best interest to keep him quiet. The Nashville defensive corps has a league-high 11 goals to go with 31 assists this postseason.

Malkin is leading the playoff scoring race with 24 points.

It doesn't stop there.

Just don't call them cursed.

"I was just trying to get into a soft spot", Kunitz told reporters post-game. You have to assume Subban will see plenty of Crosby in the final.

A limited supply of available tickets at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has made tickets for Stanley Cup games 3 and 4 particularly expensive, with average prices of $1,125 and $1,201, respectively. Pittsburgh lost in Nashville 5-1 on October 22.

As impressive as all of that sounds, the Preds have actually been better at home.

"The Bridgestone Arena is located in Nashville, TN".

All games will be live-streamed at NBCSports.com. It's nuts, and that's before we even talk about the catfish toss. This series was no different, as the team lost key players like Justin Schultz, Patric Hornqvist, and Bryan Rust for extended periods. While Neal's goal-scoring has dropped a bit since the move away from Pittsburgh he is still scoring goals at close to a 30-goal pace over an 82-game season.

"It's a great opportunity, and our veteran guys know it", coach Mike Sullivan said.

Meanwhile, Nashville is making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. "It's heartbreaking. You realize we've got two days together here and then we're gone for the summer". "We got to give it to them". The report claims the expansion Vegas Golden Knights along with a dozen other teams will have a different look next season when Adidas takes over as the official jersey of the National Hockey League. "I think that was our main strength this year, the character we had in this room", Pageau said. But we saw a 16-0 Patriots team lose to 10-6 Giants team in the Super Bowl that ended the 2007 season, and we saw the 83-win Cardinals claim the 2006 World Series over the 95-win Tigers.