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Playoff Buzz: What we learned Monday

Predators headed to Final for first time after defeating Ducks

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Welcome to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff Buzz, your daily look at the stories impactin¬¬¬g the 2016-17 postseason. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators is Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). NHL.com writers covering the playoffs will be checking in throughout the day to give you the latest news. Here is the playoff news for Tuesday:

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Predators oust Ducks to reach first Stanley Cup Final

Colton Sissons scores hat trick, Pekka Rinne makes 38 saves in Game 6 win

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators were searching for their first championship banner to hang from the rafters of Bridgestone Arena since coming into the NHL in the 1998-99 season.

That search is over. 

The Predators advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final with a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Nashville won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Cup Final, which begins Monday, May 29. 

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NHL Insider

Dream season continues for Predators

Nashville hopes party isn't over after advancing to Cup Final with win vs. Ducks in Game 6

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- Music City is about its sounds, from the live country songs playing in the honkytonks on Broadway, to the lively hockey crowds roaring inside Bridgestone Arena.

Well, Monday night, Music City heard a sound it never had before.

With a 6-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, the Nashville Predators clinched their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Ducks' bid to reach Cup Final falls short with Game 6 loss to Predators

Window for veteran players Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler getting smaller after losing Western Conference Final

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn't the first player to utter these words, and he most certainly won't be the last.

After a dizzying and often dazzling run in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs ended, Getzlaf stood in the dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Monday and captured the visible frustration and raw emotion in a few words.

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Conference Final

Mike Fisher of Predators doesn't touch Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Superstitious captain keeps with tradition after Nashville advances to Cup Final with Game 6 win against Ducks

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Preds receive Campbell Bowl

ANA@NSH, Gm6: Predators awarded Campbell Bowl

WCF, Gm6: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly awards the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl to the Predators, the champions of the Western Conference

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Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher has his eyes on something bigger than the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.

Fisher, who didn't play in the game because of an undisclosed injury, opted for conventional wisdom and superstition in not touching the bowl, awarded to the winner of the Western Conference after the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Monday to earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Short Shifts

Trisha Yearwood sings 'Star-Spangled Banner' before Predators game

Country music star, longtime fan performed national anthem

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Yearwood performs national anthem

ANA@NSH, Gm6: Yearwood, George, Preds rally crowd

WCF, Gm6: Trisha Yearwood performs the national anthem as Eddie George joins Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen in pumping up the crowd

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Trisha Yearwood continued the series of superstar national anthem singers at Bridgestone Arena Monday before Game 6 of the Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks.

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Conference Final

Colton Sissons raises game for Predators in series-clinching win

Forward scores hat trick against Ducks in Game 6 after up-and-down season to put Nashville in Cup Final

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- It's going to be difficult for forward Colton Sissons to top the performance he had in a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks that sent the Nashville Predators to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.

Sissons was forced into a larger role during the past two games with injuries to forwards Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher, and he responded with his first Stanley Cup Playoff hat trick in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

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Predators don't forget about Ryan Johansen's contributions after Game 6

Players appreciative of injured center's efforts during run to Stanley Cup Final

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators sent a strong message to teammate Ryan Johansen after their 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

It may have looked like a simple hug from defenseman Roman Josi, but it was one of love and a deep appreciation for the job Johansen had done to help the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history.

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Short Shifts

Smashville's famous fans celebrate Predators reaching Stanley Cup Final

Big crowds, notable supporters rally behind Nashville during playoffs

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Nashville was rocking Monday night after the Predators clinched their first Stanley Cup Final berth in franchise history, and the well wishes were coming from all over.

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Short Shifts

P.K. Subban's family goes nuts after Predators win

Nashville's first Stanley Cup Final berth was cause for celebration

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Celebrations broke out all around Nashville when the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 Monday to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. The Subban household may have had them all beat.

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Stanley Cup Final

Stanley Cup Final will begin Monday, May 29

Nashville will open series at either Pittsburgh or Ottawa

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The 2017 Stanley Cup Final will begin Monday, May 29, with Game 1 between the Nashville Predators and either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Ottawa Senators.

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Stanley Cup Final

Predators latest expansion team to reach Cup Final

Nashville looking to become seventh expansion team to win in first championship appearance

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

In their 18th NHL season, the Nashville Predators have reached their first Stanley Cup Final, becoming the 18th of the 24 franchises to enter the NHL since the 1967-68 season to do so. 

The Predators can become the seventh expansion team to win the Stanley Cup on their first try when the Cup Final starts May 29 at the Pittsburgh Penguins or Ottawa Senators, and the first since the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

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Erik Karlsson, Derick Brassard will play for Senators in Game 6

Each missed third period of 7-0 loss to rest, in lineup against Penguins

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard will each play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

All three were held out of the third period of Game 5 Sunday, a 7-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Oh, they're playing tomorrow," Senators coach Guy Boucher said Monday.

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Olli Maatta emerging as dependable defenseman for Penguins vs. Senators

Staying healthy, providing strong play in all areas during Eastern Conference Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Monday was an optional, but defenseman Olli Maatta was among those who decided to skate. 

No one could blame him for trying to keep his roll going.

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Senators hold pre-practice meeting in advance of Game 6 against Penguins

Players need 'everybody on board' facing elimination from Eastern Conference Final

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators stressed the importance of returning to the foundation of their defensive system during a meeting prior to practice Monday.

The Senators must defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) to avoid elimination. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 after a 7-0 victory in Game 5 on Sunday.

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Penguins focused on Game 6, not repeat chance

Victory against Senators would send Pittsburgh to Cup Final for second straight season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The opportunity in front of the Pittsburgh Penguins is historic. Their mindset, on the other hand, is grounded, laser-like, focused on finding a way to match what they expect will be a desperate opponent Tuesday.

Following an optional practice Monday, less than 24 hours after they defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series, the Penguins offered no hint that they are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, from having the opportunity to become the first team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it 19 years ago.

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Conference Final

Coach's analysis: Penguins must stick with blueprint against Senators

Former NHL assistant Doug Lidster says Pittsburgh needs to stay in attack mode to keep momentum going entering Game 6

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Doug Lidster to break down the action. Lidster will be checking in throughout the series.

Lidster, 56, was an assistant with the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17. He won the Stanley Cup with the 1994 New York Rangers and with the 1999 Dallas Stars during a 16-season NHL career, before turning to coaching. 

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Conor Sheary likely to remain healthy scratch for Penguins in Game 6

Second-year forward says benching was inevitable during playoff slump

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary knew it was only a matter of time until he was taken out of the lineup.

It came Sunday, when Sheary was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He watched the Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-0 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series with Game 6 at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Conference Final

Coach's analysis: Attention to detail key for Senators in Game 6

Former NHL assistant Jim Corsi says Ottawa must be better in all areas against Penguins

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Jim Corsi to break down the action from the Senators' perspective. Corsi will be checking in throughout the series.

Corsi, 62, is the former goaltending coach for the Buffalo Sabres (2001-14) and St. Louis Blues (2014-17). He also played 26 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979-80 season.

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Conference Final

NHL LiveWire: Predators at Ducks, Game 5

Anaheim assistant mic'd up in Western Conference Final

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NHL LiveWire: NSH vs. ANA, Gm5

Predators, Ducks mic'd up for physical Game 5

Listen in as the Predators best the Ducks in a physical Game 5 showdown in Anaheim

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Each night through the third round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Jacques Martin's 'infinite wisdom' makes him best roadside rescue choice

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says assistant would be perfect for help with broken down car

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan thinks so highly of assistant Jacques Martin that he'd even let him fix his car if it ever came to that.

"He has infinite wisdom," Sullivan said during a light moment in his press conference Monday. "He's been around the game a long time, but he's had many life experiences to dwell on, so I have to believe Jacques' infinite wisdom would help us fix cars."

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NHL Centennial

Devils-Senators Game 7 resonates 14 years later

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti calls New Jersey victory favorite playoff memory

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Editor's note: As part of the League's Centennial celebration, NHL.com staff members were asked to write about their favorite Stanley Cup Playoff memory. Today, Staff Writer Tom Gulitti looks back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators on May 23, 2003.

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Short Shifts

Sweden wears gold helmets to celebrate World Championship win

Players honored in Stockholm after defeating Canada in final Sunday

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Winning the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship may have gone to Sweden's head.

Sweden's players wore gold helmets as part of their welcoming at Sergels Torg, the central square in Stockholm, in celebration of their 2-1 shootout win against Canada in Cologne, Germany on Sunday that clinched the country's first tournament championship since 2013.

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Scott Wilson of Penguins expected to face Senators in Game 6

Forward didn't practice Monday because of injury, coach Mike Sullivan says he's fine

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Scott Wilson is expected to play against the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Wilson did not participate in the Penguins' optional practice Monday. He left Game 5 after taking a hit to the head from Ottawa forward Tommy Wingels with 15 seconds remaining in Pittsburgh's 7-0 win.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Wilson is fine.

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Mikhail Sergachev hoping to cap eventful season with Memorial Cup

Windsor defenseman played four games for Canadiens, won World Juniors medal, excelling in tournament

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

WINDSOR, Ontario -- Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev had a memorable 2016-17 season.

He had two stints with the Montreal Canadiens, won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and now, after a six-week hiatus, is playing for host Windsor at the 2017 Memorial Cup.

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This Date in NHL History

May 23: Antoine Vermette scores to give Blackhawks double-overtime win

Plus: Penguins get off to record start against North Stars; Whalers change name from New England to Hartford

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 23

2015: The Chicago Blackhawks continue their success in extra-long Stanley Cup Playoff games when Antoine Vermette scores 5:37 into the second overtime for a series-tying 5-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at United Center.

It's the fourth win for Chicago in as many overtime games during the 2015 playoffs; each of the four goes past the first overtime. The Blackhawks are the first team in NHL history to win four multiple-overtime games in the same playoff year.

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Watch every overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Corey Perry scores for Ducks in Game 4 of Western Final against Predators

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Playoffs loaded with OT action

Watch the OT winners of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Watch every overtime goal scored in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as 16 teams embark on their quest for The Cup

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Corey Perry scored 10:25 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

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News & Notes

Colton Sissons' hat trick helps Predators to first Stanley Cup Final

NHL news and notes

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
PREDATORS CLINCH FIRST-EVER BERTH IN STANLEY CUP FINAL

After the Anaheim Ducks rallied from down 3-1 in the third period, Colton Sissons scored the go-ahead goal and completed his hat trick with 6:00 remaining in Game 6 to lift the Nashville Predators to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history. Nashville, which began play in 1998-99 and is competing in the postseason for the 10th time, had three series wins prior to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (3-9).

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