Hossa to Miss 2017-18 Due to Skin Disorder – A severe reaction to medication for a skin disorder has put Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa’s career in doubt. Hossa stunned the NHL on Wednesday by announcing he won’t play next season because of a severe side effect from medication to treat a progressive disorder he has been dealing with for years. At 38, the veteran might have played his last NHL game in a career that many believe will land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – Nashville Predators 0 (PIT wins series 4-2)
Highlights: Sydney Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team to repeat as champion in nearly two decades with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6. Patric Hornqvist, the last pick of the 2005 draft (by the Predators), scored the game-winner for Pittsburgh with 1:35 left by banking the puck off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne‘s left elbow. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal. Nashville lost for just the first time in regulation on home ice this postseason, and this one had some hard luck. Colton Sissons had a goal erased by a whistle 67 seconds into the second period. The disallowed goal will be remembered in Nashville for a long time. Referee Kevin Pollock blew the whistle when he lost sight of the puck, which was sitting behind Murray with lots of space in the crease for Sissons to tap it into the net.
- Nashville Predators 0 – Pittsburgh Penguins 6 (PIT leads 3-2)
Highlights: The defending champions provided an emphatic reminder of why they’re on the cusp of history with a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. The Penguins chased Pekka Rinne with a three-goal barrage in the first period and kept it going against backup Juuse Saros to push the Predators to the brink of elimination for the first time during their run to the final. Evgeni Malkin made it 3-0 just before the end of the first period at 19:49 with a slapper from the left face-off circle. Conor Sheary gave Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead 1:19 into the second period. Jake Guentzel was awarded the secondary assist on the goal. Matt Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced Thursday to earn the shutout. Rinne made six saves on nine shots in 20 minutes of ice time before ceding the crease to Saros, who stopped 12 out of 15 shots.
- Pittsburgh Penguins – Nashville Predators
Highlights: An undrafted free agent playing in just his sixth postseason game, Frederick Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 often-spectacular saves as the Predators beat the Penguins 4-1 on Monday night to even the series at 2-2. Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1 at home and roared back after dropping the first two games of the series on the road. Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the series after not getting a shot on goal in Game 3. Goalie Matt Murray lost consecutive games for the first time in his young career.
- Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – Nashville Predators 5 (PIT leads 2-1)
Highlights: Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau scored 42 seconds apart in the second period, and the Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Rinne started and made 27 saves against a Pittsburgh team that continued to struggle on the power play and lacked the same zip they had in winning the first two games at home. Josi also had two assists. James Neal, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm also scored for Nashville as the Predators worked out some frustration against the Pens. Jake Guentzel scored his 13th goal this postseason and fourth of this series for Pittsburgh. Game 4 is Monday night.
- Nashville Predators 1 – Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (PIT leads 2-0)
Highlights: The defending Stanley Cup champions needed just over three minutes at the start of the third period to turn a taut Game 2 into a runaway, beating Pekka Rinne three times in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night to inch closer to becoming the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back titles. Pontue Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators , who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL’s highest-scoring team, though they haven’t lost faith in Rinne. Pittsburgh stayed in it thanks to Matt Murray (37 saves).