Monday, May 29, 2017

Sports: NHL (Stanley Cup Final)

The final series for the hockey championship begins on Memorial day between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins. I have been rooting for the Predators since the Columbus Blue Jackets got eliminated by the Penguins and rooting against the Penguins since that series as well. Every round I've chosen the losing team in the Penguins' series but I'm hoping my luck will finally change. The Predators have surprised nearly everyone this year and are shooting through each series, looking tough to beat. The Penguins are the reigning champions so they bring the experience to this series that the Predators just don't have. This is Nashville's first Stanely Cup Finals after their first Conference Finals. We've come a long way and I'm excited to watch the Finals. I'm going all in with the Predators for this series and we'll see how it turns out.
Game 1 
Period 1 - P.K. Subban scored the first goal of the game for the Predators just over seven minutes into the game but the score was challenged by the Penguins as offsides and overruled. The Penguins pulled ahead when Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play. The Penguins scored again shortly after as Conor Sheary hits it in. Nick Bonino scored the third goal for Pittsburgh. The Penguins lead the first period 3-0
Period 2 - Pittsburgh markets tried to limit the sales of catfish but somehow one still ended up on the ice. On a Nashville power play, Ryan Ellis scores the first goal for the Predators. Despite the goalie losing his stick, the Predators could not capitalize. The Penguins did not get a shot off in this period. Nashville was still behind 3-1.
Period 3 - In the final ten minutes, the Predators get a power play allowing Colton Sissons to score. The Penguins got a power play shortly after but didn't score. The Predators tied the game with a goal from Frederick Gaudreau. The Penguins score again with a goal from Jake Guentzel to regain the lead. Nashville went with an empty net and Bonino lobbed one up to score another goal for the Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins win the first game 5-3 with the fewest number of shots ever in a Stanley Cup Final.

Game 2
Period 1 - After several power-plays, the Predators score first on a goal from Pontus Aberg. The Penguins strike back with the rookie Jake Guentzel scoring. The game is tied 1-1 after the first.
Period 2 - Great play from both goalies, the Predators' Pekka Rinne and the Penguins' Matt Murray, kept the score tied at 1-1.
Period 3 - Jake Guentzel started off the third period early with a goal in the first ten seconds. The Penguins continued to dominate with a goal from Scott Wilson off a Predators player and another from Evgeni Malkin. A goal from Patric Hornqvist nearly sealed the fate for the Predators but it was called offsides. Still, the Penguins take the second game 4-1 and go up two games in the series. 
Game 3
Period 1 -  Despite Nashville's home field advantage, the Penguins started early with Jake Guentzel scoring the first goal in under three minutes of the first. The Penguins are up 1-0 at the end of this period.
Period 2 - The Predators strike back with two quick goals in 42 seconds, one from Roman Josi and another from Frederick Gaudreau. James Neal scored one more for the Predators in the final seconds. The Predators lead 3-1 after the second.
Period 3 - The Predators extend their lead when Craig Smith scores. They pull even further ahead with a goal from Mattias Ekholm. Ending in a fight, the Predators win 5-1.
Game 4
Period 1 - The Predators strike first with a goal from Calle Jarnkrok but the Penguins responded with a goal from Sidney Crosby. The first period saw a tie of 1-1.
Period 2 - Frederick Gaudreau scored the first goal of this period for the Predators. On a breakaway, Viktor Arvidsson scored the second goal of the period for the Predators. Nashville leads the game 3-1 at the end of the 2nd. 
Period 3 - With just over 3 minutes left, the Penguins went with an empty net and Filip Forsberg flicks one across the ice to score for Nashville. The Predators tie the series at 2 games with a 4-1 win.
Game 5
Period 1 - Back in Pittsburgh, the Penguins start early with a goal from Justin Schultz. Pittsburgh continued their rally with a goal from Bryan Rust and then another right at the end of the period from Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins led the game 3-0.
Period 2 - Pittsburgh continued to dominate in the 2nd period with a goal from Conor Sheary and another by Phil Kessel. Piling it on, Ron Hainsey adds another goal to the Penguins lead. Pittsburgh took charge at 6-0 after the second.
Period 3 - Pittsburgh rides out the lead and the Predators don't make any attempt at a comeback, allowing the Penguins to go up 3-2 in the series winning this game 6-0.

Game 6
Period 1 - Strong play from Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray keeps both teams scoreless 0-0 through the first.
Period 2 - Starting off early, Sissons scores but for the second time in this final series, the refs blow it off as no goal. The second period also passes without a goal leaving the teams tied 0-0.
Period 3- The Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the second year straight with a game-winning goal from Patric Hornqvist and another from Carl Hagelin to win 2-0.

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