Neither team in this year’s Stanley Cup had won on the road until last night when the Penguins hoisted the trophy in front of the Nashville crowd.
This was the first game of this series that was highly contested. The previous four games were blowouts with the closest margin of victory being three goals in game two and four.
Things remained quiet for both teams in the first and second period as no goals were scored. The first goal came at the 18:25 point in the third period from Patric Hornqvist while another one came shortly after from Carl Hagelin at the 19:46 mark. These two goals, coming so late in the game, would prove to be the nail in the coffin for Nashville.
While the Penguins ran away with game six later in the contest, Nashville thought they opened up the scoring early on in the second period with a goal from Colton Sissons. This goal came from a rebound off a Filip Forsberg shot. Unfortunately, the play was blown dead by a premature whistle which voided the goal and kept the score at 0-0.
While this was a difference maker in the game, it was not a defining moment. The predators had many more chances going down the stretch but were unable to convert. The Penguins simply played a better game last night.
“The way we were able to get better with every series, that was a big thing for us,” Sidney Crosby told ESPN.
I remember last year like it was just yesterday pic.twitter.com/KlP0kSQ6rb
— Sidney Crosby's Ego (@SidneyCrosbyEgo) June 12, 2017
Unfortunately, the Nashville Predators were unable to take home the Stanley Cup in their first appearance in program history. Nonetheless, they did hold their own and proved to the rest of the NHL that they are here to stay. This matchup will be a very intriguing one going down the road in the future. This is likely not the last time we will see these two teams square off on a high level.
The downside to this is that there will be no more hockey to watch. Hats off to a great season, we will see you next year.