How Nashville Predators Slid into the Stanley Cup Final
The Nashville Predators have defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the NHL playoffs and earned themselves a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. It seems they are in breaking new ground. They came into the playoffs with the fewest points of any of the teams and the have yet to win a division title. In getting to the final, the Predators downed Chicago as well as St. Louis and then the Pacific Division Champions in six games.
In the Stanley Cup Final, the Predators will either face Ottawa or the defending champions Pittsburgh. This was the second time in three years that Anaheim lost in the conference finals and will certainly have something to think about. The game was close at times. Cam Fowler tied the score at 3-3 for the Ducks as they tried to rally. But it was Sissons who scored twice in the third period to give the Predators a 3-3 lead.
Rinne On Form Yet Again
Austin Watson did his part, scoring on his very first shot at an empty net. Filip Forsberg also had the honour of scoring an empty-net goal. Ondrej Kase was on hand to score his second career goal to give the Ducks a chance to tie the NHL record. Chris Wagner managed to swipe the puck off Rinne’s helmet for a goal to Keep the Ducks in striking distance.
Rinne, was on form again. The three-time Vezina trophy finalist used his 6-foot-5inch frame to deflect shot after shot as the Ducks tried to find the net. It was Rinne who helped the Predators move to 7-3 in the game. The Ducks were able to outshoot Anaheim 6-2 in an effort to force the series back to them. But the problem is that they had Jonathan Bernier in goals, making his first career playoff start. He replaced the injured John Gibson who was out due to a lower body injury.
Gibson went out of the competition after the first period of game 5. Watson’s third goal for the post-season came just 81 seconds into the game, with a deflection off Brandon Montour. Sissions took position on the top live with Ryan Johansen out, needing surgery on his left thigh. Captain Mike Fisher was also out, for a second straight game due to an upper body injury.
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