BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONS: THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a 2-0 victory in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals making them the first team to win back-to-back cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. Heck of an achievement!

Dreams were made last night. Ron Hainsey, who had played 906 NHL games and ZERO playoff games before he was traded to the Pens, has won his first cup aged 36. Cullen aged 40 has won for the second year running. Mark Streit has also won his first ever cup at 39 years old. Chris Kunitz, who was undrafted, has won his FOURTH Stanley Cup. Of course, Crosby won a load more for his trophy cabinet too.

Unfortunately there can only be one winner, and for Nashville the season ended with heartbreak. But for a non-traditional hockey city, Nashville showed they have the loudest fans with the most heart; the best anthem singers; and their guys – who were the bottom seed – went all the way to the end and forced a game six against the defending champions. There is nothing to be ashamed of in their performance. And we’ll always have the memory of sweeping the Blackhawks. Commiserations to the Nashville Predators – you fought a hell of a fight.

And to Pittsburgh… Enjoy the hangover!

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Congratulations! поздравления! Grattis! Onnea! Félicitations! Glückwünsche!

And that’s a wrap on the hockey season until October… but we still have the NHL expansion draft, the regular rookie draft, and the NHL Awards to get through.

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LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, YOUR WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Huge congratulations to the Nashville Predators who are living the fairy tale! The team won the series against the Anaheim Ducks and have been crowned the Western Conference Champions. They will play the winner of the Penguins/Senators series for the coveted Stanley Cup.

The Predators are the first team to reach the final after being a 16th seed – impressive. Colton Sissons scored a natural hat-trick to give the Preds a healthy 6-3 series clinching win over the  Ducks. The team was without Ryan Johansen who underwent emergency surgery – but that didn’t stop him from watching the game with Kevin Fiala and captain, Mike Fisher, in the arena.

I told him I love him. We miss him. He’s a huge part of our team. He played a great playoffs and we miss him. I just told him we miss him, but he’s still a huge part of us – Roman Josi on Johansen

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The music city has lived up to its name during the playoffs with the national anthem being sung by Mike Fisher’s wife, Carrie Underwood, as well as Kerry Clarkson, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and Lady Antebellum.

PK Subban who was traded by the historic Montreal Canadiens in return for Nashville captain, Shea Weber, is now set to play in his first Stanley Cup Final and had this to say:

I’ve never been on a team that works as hard for each other as these guys do.

All’s well in Smashville!

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