The Nashville Predators made history on Monday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals and advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final in team history. It’s a momentous occasion for the franchise and for the City of Nashville, but the work isn’t done just yet. With four more wins, the Preds can bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Tennessee with a parade down Broadway. They learned their opponent on Wednesday night after a thrilling Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. The Pens won the East for the second straight year, and they’ll continue their Cup defense against the Preds in the Final. Nashville will wait a full week between games, as the 2017
Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine Wrote for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wrote for The Sporting News Follow on Twitter PITTSBURGH -- It's a play they've made so many times together that Sidney Crosby didn't need to see much to know Chris Kunitz wanted the puck. There was brief eye contact, but the way Kunitz was holding his stick signaled he was ready. Crosby had just retrieved a pass from along the boards and was skating toward Kunitz when he started to raise his stick slightly in anticipation. "He wanted the puck," Crosby said. "He stopped in that area. He wanted to let one rip. I don't know how much he got on it, but he put it in the right spot."
Elliotte Friedman was the man who first announced on a HNIC broadcast that Kyle Dubas was talking to the Colorado Avalanche about some kind of position there. He said at the time that the Leafs had granted permission, but the timing on when or if this conversation had already happened was never clear. Less is clear now. Today, Friedman appeared on Sprortsnet’s Boomer in the Morning show in Calgary, and updated the story. It begins at 11:13 of the audio stream with these words: “I gotta tell you, this is a weird story.” He then goes on to say: I think it’s over. That whatever window was there since I reported it, and one of the things I said on Tuesday when I mentioned it is I’m not exactly sure