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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, June 9, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Penguins shutout Predators, 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

THURSDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 6, Nashville 0 – PIT leads 3-2

TOP SCORERS POWER PENGUINS TO GAME 5 WIN, 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2), Sidney Crosby (0-3—3) and Phil Kessel (1-2—3) – the top three scorers, respectively, this postseason – each registered multiple points to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Malkin (10-18—28) posted his League-leading 27th and 28th points of the playoffs, reaching the 10-goal milestone for the third time in his 10 career postseasons (also 2009: 14 and 2008: 10). Only two other Penguins players have as many playoff years with 10 or more goals: Mario Lemieux (4x) and Jaromir Jagr (3x).

* Crosby (8-19—27) recorded his 56th career multi-point postseason game (147 GP), tied for fourth in NHL history with Paul Coffey (194 GP) and Glenn Anderson (225 GP). Crosby (4-16—20 in 24 GP) also surpassed Lemieux (10-9—19 in 9 GP) for the most career points by a Penguins player in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Kessel (8-15—23) added his fifth career three-point playoff game (70 GP), four of which have come in the last two years (48 GP). That includes two earlier this postseason, in Game 5 of the First Round vs. CBJ (1-2—3) and Game 2 of the Second Round at WSH (2-1—3).

HOME SWEET HOME
* The home team has won the opening five games of the Stanley Cup Final, the 12th such occurrence since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939 (and first since 2011). Three of the prior 11 such instances featured the home team winning all seven games of the series, in 1955 (DET vs. MTL), 1965 (MTL vs. CHI) and 2003 (NJD vs. ANA).

* Home teams have won 38 of the past 54 games in the Stanley Cup Final dating to 2009 (70.4%). The Penguins now have won 13 of their 17 all-time home games in the Stanley Cup Final, including five of six over the past two years.

* The Penguins have won 10 of their 13 total home games this postseason, a franchise record. Only four teams in NHL history have earned more such victories in a single playoff year: the 2003 Devils (12), 1988 Oilers (11), 2009 Red Wings (11) and 2013 Blackhawks (11).

* The home team owns a 24-6 goals advantage thus far in the Stanley Cup Final (PIT: 15-4, NSH: 9-2).

MURRAY, PENGUINS JOIN RARE COMPANY
Matt Murray made 24 saves to guide the Penguins to a 6-0 win. Only three other teams have posted a shutout victory with as large of a margin in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took control of the trophy in 1926-27: the 1947 Canadiens (Game 1 vs. TOR: 6-0 W), 1965 Canadiens (Game 5 vs. CHI: 6-0 W) and 1991 Penguins (Game 6 at MNS: 8-0 W).

The Penguins earned their third shutout in 34 all-time Stanley Cup Final games and first in 25 years. Tom Barrasso registered the other two (both on the road), making 39 saves in the aforementioned series-clinching Game 6 in 1991 at MNS (8-0 W) and 27 saves in Game 3 of the 1992 Final at CHI (1-0 W).

Murray became the third rookie goaltender to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Final during the League’s expansion era (since 1967-68), joining Montreal’s Patrick Roy (Game 4 of 1986 F vs. CGY) and Carolina’s Cam Ward (Game 2 of 2006 F vs. EDM).

GUENTZEL TIES NHL ROOKIE RECORD
With his second-period assist, Penguins forward Jake Guentzel (13-8—21 in 24 GP) tied the single-year NHL playoff record for points by a rookie, set by Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14-7—21 in 19 GP) and equaled by Philadelphia’s Ville Leino in 2010 (7-14—21 in 19 GP).

Guentzel, who already owns the NHL rookie mark for game-winning tallies in a single postseason (5), remains one goal behind Ciccarelli’s overall rookie record established in 1981 (14).

GAME 5 TREND
The team that has won Game 5 after a split of the opening four contests of the Final has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 17 of 24 prior times (70.8%) since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939.

However, the team that has lost Game 5 has rebounded to win the series in four of the past eight such instances, all since 2001 (2001 COL, 2004 TBL, 2009 PIT and 2011 BOS).

DID YOU KNOW?
Teams that have lost by six or more goals have bounced back to win the following game in all three prior instances this postseason: the Oilers in the First Round vs. SJS (lost 7-0 in Game 4, won 4-3 in OT in Game 5), Ducks in the Second Round vs. EDM (lost 7-1 in Game 6, won 2-1 in Game 7) and Senators in the Conference Finals vs. PIT (lost 7-0 in Game 5, won 2-1 in Game 6).

LOOSE PUCKS
Pittsburgh has outscored Nashville 9-2 in the first period of the Stanley Cup Final . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leads all players with 1-6—7 in the Stanley Cup Final . . . Twelve different Pittsburgh players registered at least one point in Game 5 . . . Penguins forward Conor Sheary celebrated his 25th birthday with his fourth career Stanley Cup Final goal (11 GP) . . . Teammate Ron Hainsey (1-1—2) notched his first career multi-point playoff game (24 GP) . . . ICYMI: The NHL announced that actor, director and author Joe Manganiello will host the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile . . . The Kings signed forward Tyler Toffoli to a three-year extension . . . REMINDER: The latest episode of ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup premieres tonight on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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NHL Morning Skate Report for Tuesday, June 6, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Predators 4 Penguins 1, Series tied 2-2

 

 

MONDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
NASHVILLE 4, Pittsburgh 1 – series tied 2-2

GAUDREAU HELPS PREDATORS EVEN STANLEY CUP FINAL AT 2-2
The Predators scored three unanswered goals, including the go-ahead tally by Frederick Gaudreau at 3:45 of the second period, to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece.

* Gaudreau, who signed with the Predators as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and made his NHL debut Oct. 22 vs. PIT, has registered each of his first three career goals (regular season and playoffs, 15 GP) in the Stanley Cup Final. Elias says that only one other player in NHL history scored each of his first three career goals (regular season and playoffs) in the Stanley Cup Final: Chicago’s John Harms in 1944 vs. MTL (3-0—3).

* Gaudreau potted the decisive goal for the second straight contest, following his winner at 6:33 of the second period in Game 3. Rookies have accounted for all four game-winning goals thus far in the Stanley Cup Final (Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel has the other two). No other Final has featured four winning goals from rookies since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27.

* Gaudreau became just the third rookie to collect consecutive game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took sole possession of the trophy in 1926-27 – and the second to do so in this series (following Guentzel). The other: Roy Conacher, who notched the winner for the Bruins in Games 3, 4 and 5 in 1939 vs. TOR.

* Rookies have totaled nine of the 24 total goals thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final (37.5%) – Guentzel (4), Gaudreau (3), Pontus Aberg (1) and Scott Wilson (1). Elias notes that it is the highest combined rookie total in the Final since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27, breaking the old record of eight in 1973, 1980 and 1981.

* The Predators became the 13th team to even the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 after falling behind 2-0 in the series (out of 51 total instances since the format went to best-of-seven in 1939). Four of the prior 12 clubs went on to win the Stanley Cup: 1966 MTL, 1971 MTL, 2009 PIT and 2011 BOS.

PREDATORS, RINNE CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE
Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots, including all 18 he faced after the opening period, to help the Predators improve to a League-best 9-1 at home in the playoffs (+19 goal differential; 34-15).

* Rinne, who has started all 10 of Nashville’s home postseason games, owns a 1.44 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in those contests. He has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of those 10 games.

* The Kempele, Finland, native earned his 36th career playoff win (68 GP), tying Antti Niemi (67 GP) for the most in NHL history by a Finnish-born goaltender.

* Home teams have won 37 of the past 53 games in the Stanley Cup Final dating to 2009 (69.8%), including all four this year.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Stanley Cup Final will require at least six games for the ninth time in the last 10 years and 15th time in the past 18 seasons.

IMPORTANCE OF GAME 5
The team that has won Game 5 after a split of the opening four contests of the Final has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 17 of 24 times (70.8%) since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939.

However, the club that has lost Game 5 has rebounded to win the series in four of the past eight such occasions (all since 2001 – 2001 COL, 2004 TBL, 2009 PIT and 2011 BOS).

1984-85 OILERS VOTED GREATEST NHL TEAM
The NHL announced that the 1984-85 Oilers have been selected by fans as the Greatest NHL Team following more than 3.6 million votes cast over a six-week period from April 13 – May 25.

The top 10, as voted by fans:

1. 1984-85 Oilers
2. 1991-92 Penguins
3. 1976-77 Canadiens
4. 1987-88 Oilers
5. 1986-87 Oilers
6. 1997-98 Red Wings
7. 1982-83 Islanders
8. 1977-78 Canadiens
9. 1983-84 Oilers
10. 2001-02 Red Wings

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ICYMI: 1984-85 Oilers teammates Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, with Basketball Hall of Famer and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley crashing their press conference.

LOOSE PUCKS
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby snapped a 12-game goal drought in the Stanley Cup Final (dating to 2009) to move into sole possession of 20th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list (57-104—161 in 146 GP) . . . Predators captain Mike Fisher collected one assist while celebrating his 37th birthday . . . Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (22 SV) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his postseason career (30 GP; 7-1 following a loss) . . . Twelve different Predators found the scoresheet . . . ICYMI: The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee issued a pair of rule recommendations . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Max Bentley and Brad Park as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration . . . L to R: Top prospects Casey Mittelstadt, Nico HischierGabriel Vilardi and Nolan Patrick attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, June 4, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Nashville backs up “guarantee win” talk in Game 3 with 5-1 drubbing of Pittsburgh

 

SATURDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
NASHVILLE 5, Pittsburgh 1 – PIT leads 2-1 

PREDATORS RESPOND ON HOME ICE, EARN FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL WIN
Down 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Predators scored five unanswered goals – including two in a 42-second span of the second period – to earn their first Stanley Cup Final win and cut their series deficit in half.

* The Predators improved to 8-1 on home ice this postseason (with their lone loss in OT), outscoring the opposition 30-14. Pekka Rinne, who made 27 saves, owns a 1.49 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in those contests.

* Three Predators registered multiple points, including defensemen Roman Josi (1-2—3) and Mattias Ekholm (1-1—2). Nashville blueliners have combined for 14-36—50 during the playoffs (19 GP), tops in the NHL.

* Ekholm (1-9—10) became the fourth Predators defenseman to reach double-digits in scoring this postseason, joining Josi (6-8—14), Ryan Ellis (5-7—12) and P.K. Subban (2-9—11). Only two other teams in NHL history have had four blueliners each record at least 10 points in the same playoff year: the 1984 Oilers and 1993 Kings.

* Josi, who factored on all three Nashville goals in the middle frame, registered his sixth tally of the playoffs, most among defensemen. Elias notes that he became the first blueliner to post three points in one period of a Stanley Cup Final game since Pittsburgh’s Larry Murphy on May 23, 1991 vs. MNS (0-3—3 in 1st period).

PUT THE BROOMS AWAY
With Nashville’s win, there will not be a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final for a record 18th consecutive series (since 1998 DET: 4-0 W vs. WSH). The longest prior such streak (since the Stanley Cup Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939) was seven straight series, from 1953-59 and 1961-67.

DID YOU KNOW?
Tennessee became the 15th different U.S. state to host a Stanley Cup Final game since the NHL was founded in 1917-18, joining California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

The District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec) also have hosted Stanley Cup Final games since the League’s founding.

GUENTZEL CONTINUES HISTORIC POSTSEASON
Penguins forward Jake Guentzel opened the scoring in Game 3 with his League-leading 13th goal of the postseason (22 GP), continuing his climb up the NHL record book:

* Guentzel’s 13 playoff goals are one shy of the single-year NHL rookie record, established by Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14 in 19 GP).

* Guentzel’s 20 postseason points (13-7—20) also are one shy of the single-year NHL rookie mark, set by Ciccarelli in 1981 (14-7—21 in 19 GP) and equaled by Philadelphia’s Ville Leino in 2010 (7-14—21 in 19 GP).

* Guentzel, who has scored in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final (4-0—4), is the second rookie to accomplish that feat since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27. The other: Ciccarelli in 1981 vs. NYI (3-2—5).

* Elias adds that Guentzel is the first player, rookie or veteran, to score in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final since 1997, when Detroit’s Steve Yzerman did so vs. PHI (3-0—3).

* Guentzel’s four total goals in the series are one shy of the NHL rookie record in the Stanley Cup Final, established by Boston’s Roy Conacher in 1939 vs. TOR (5 GP) and matched by Boston’s Brad Marchand in 2011 vs. VAN (7 GP).

LOOSE PUCKS
The Predators posted the 34th comeback victory of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (in 84 GP, 40.5%) . . . Nineteen different players have scored at least one goal for Nashville this postseason (following firsts by Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith in Game 3). Elias notes that is two shy of the NHL record, set by the 1987 Flyers (21) . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (56-104—160 in 145 GP) collected one assist to move into a tie for 20th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list, with Mike BossyGordie HoweAl MacInnis and Bobby Smith . . . ICYMI: The Ducks signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year extension . . . Fans voted the 1991-92 Penguins1976-77 Canadiens and 1987-88 Oilers as Nos. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, on the list of Greatest NHL Teams . . . The Predators announced that their Game 4 tailgate party will include the “Music City Gives Back” concert, featuring Rodney AtkinsKip MooreGranger SmithCole Taylor and Brett Young . . . Grammy- and CMA-winning singer/songwriter Alan Jackson played a free concert on Lower Broadway prior to Game 3.

2017 NHL SCOUTING COMBINE CONCLUDES IN BUFFALO
The 2017 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas, featuring 104 players eligible for this year’s draft – including top-ranked North American skaters Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier – concluded Saturday with fitness testing in Buffalo.

Click here for the top 25 scorers from each test.

* MEDIA ADVISORY: The top four ranked North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft – Nolan PatrickNico HischierCasey Mittelstadt and Gabriel Vilardi – will attend Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and be accessible for interviews following Monday’s pregame media availabilities.

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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, June 1, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Game 2, Penguins 4 Predators 2

 

WEDNESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 4, Nashville 1 – PIT leads 2-0

GUENTZEL AGAIN PLAYS THE HERO AS PENGUINS TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Penguins scored three times in the opening 3:28 of the third period – including the go-ahead goal by Jake Guentzel (2-0—2) 10 seconds into the frame – to take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Guentzel, who registered the decisive tally with 3:17 remaining in Game 1, scored his League-leading fifth game-winning goal of the postseason (21 GP) to set an NHL rookie record for a single playoff year. Montreal’s Claude Lemieux and Colorado’s Chris Drury previously shared the record, with four each in 1986 and 1999, respectively.

* Guentzel became just the second rookie to collect consecutive game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took sole possession of the trophy in 1926-27 – and the first to do so in 78 years. The other: Roy Conacher, who potted the winner for the Bruins in Games 3, 4 and 5 in 1939 vs. TOR.

* Guentzel scored his League-leading 11th and 12th total goals of the postseason, the second-most by a rookie in one playoff year behind Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14 in 19 GP). No rookie has led the NHL outright in playoff goal-scoring since the League took control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27.

* Guentzel, a native of Omaha, Neb., also set records for goals (12) and points (19) by a U.S.-born rookie in one playoff year, surpassing the marks shared by Chicago’s Jeremy Roenick (11-7—18 in 20 GP in 1990) and St. Louis’ Joe Mullen (7-11—18 in 10 GP in 1982).

* Guentzel ranks fourth overall with 12-7—19 this postseason, two points shy of matching the NHL record for a rookie in a single playoff year – set by Ciccarelli in 1981 (14-7—21 in 19 GP) and equaled by Philadelphia’s Ville Leino in 2010 (7-14—21 in 19 GP).

DID YOU KNOW?
Jake Guentzel’s goal 10 seconds into the third frame was one second shy of the fastest to begin any period in Stanley Cup Final history. The record of 0:09 was set by Montreal’s Brian Skrudland in overtime of Game 2 in 1986 at CGY.

Guentzel’s second goal also stood as the fastest to begin any period in Penguins playoff history. The previous record of 12 seconds was set by Sidney Crosby on April 14, 2008 at OTT (3rd period) and matched by Crosby in Game 1 of this year’s Second Round at WSH (2nd period).

MURRAY JOINS RARE COMPANY
Matt Murray made 37 saves to improve to 20-7 in his first 28 career playoff appearances (1.95 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO). Via Elias, only two goaltenders in NHL history have required fewer games to reach 20 career postseason wins: Montreal’s Bill Durnan (26 GP, 1944-47) and Patrick Roy (27 GP, 1986-88).

GAME 2 TRENDS
* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, teams that have taken a 2-0 series lead have gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 90.0% of the time (45 of 50 series) – including each of the past three instances (2012 LAK, 2014 LAK and 2016 PIT).

* Home teams have swept the opening two games of the Stanley Cup Final 37 times in that span, ultimately winning the championship 34 times (91.9%). Two of those losses, however, have come in the last eight years: 2009 (PIT @ DET) and 2011 (BOS @ VAN).

LOOSE PUCKS
The Predators suffered consecutive losses for the first time since April 2-4 . . . Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (0-2—2) posted his third straight multi-point performance (2-5—7) . . . Teammate Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) collected his League-leading 26th point of the postseason (9-17—26 in 21 GP) . . . The Penguins picked up their fifth consecutive home win and ninth of the playoffs, equaling a single-year franchise record . . . ICYMI: Fans voted the 1986-87 Oilers1997-98 Red Wings and 1982-83 Islanders as Nos. 5, 6 and 7, respectively, on the list of Greatest NHL Teams . . . The Predators announced that Grammy- and CMA-winning singer/songwriter Alan Jackson will play a free concert on Lower Broadway prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville.

NHL SCOUTING COMBINE CONTINUES IN BUFFALO
The 2017 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas, featuring 104 of the top-ranked players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, is underway this week at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo. The annual event consists of player interviews, medical assessments and a series of fitness tests.

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NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, May 30, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Penguins 5 Predators 3 Game 1

 

 

MONDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 5, Nashville 3 – PIT leads 1-0

PREDATORS RALLY, BUT GUENTZEL LIFTS PENGUINS TO GAME 1 WIN
The Predators erased a 3-0 deficit, but Jake Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal with 3:17 remaining in regulation to lift the Penguins to a win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

* Guentzel, who made his NHL debut Nov. 21, registered his League-leading 10th goal of the playoffs (20 GP). Only four other rookies in League history have scored 10 or more goals in a single postseason: Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14 in 19 GP), Chicago’s Jeremy Roenick in 1990 (11 in 20 GP), Boston’s Brad Marchand in 2011 (11 in 25 GP) and Montreal’s Claude Lemieux in 1986 (10 in 20 GP).

* Guentzel also posted his League-leading fourth game-winning goal of the postseason, equaling an NHL rookie record for one playoff year established by Lemieux in 1986 (20 GP) and matched by Colorado’s Chris Drury in 1999 (19 GP).

* Guentzel ranks sixth overall with 10-7—17 this postseason, four points shy of matching the NHL record for a rookie in a single playoff year (Ciccarelli: 14-7—21 in 19 GP in 1981, Philadelphia’s Ville Leino: 7-14—21 in 19 GP in 2010).

* Guentzel, a native of Omaha, Neb., also is one point shy of tying the NHL record for a U.S.-born rookie in a single postseason (St. Louis’ Joe Mullen: 7-11—18 in 10 GP in 1982, Roenick: 11-7—18 in 20 GP in 1990).

DID YOU KNOW?
The Predators held the Penguins without a shot on goal for a 37:00 stretch of Game 1, including a 9-0 advantage in the second period. Via Elias, they became the first team to hold an opponent to zero shots on goal in one period of a Stanley Cup Final game since the NHL began tracking that statistic in 1957-58.

GAME 1 TRENDS
* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 77.9% of the time (60 of 77 series) – including each of the past five years.

* The winning goal has been scored in the final five minutes of regulation or later in each of the past seven Game 1s of the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Penguins improved to 3-3 in their six all-time Game 1s in the Stanley Cup Final.

NHL ANNOUNCES 2018 ALL-STAR GAME IN TAMPA . . .
The NHL announced the selection of the Lightning and city of Tampa as hosts of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend. The League’s midseason showcase, which will take place at Amalie Arena on Jan. 27-28, will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and NHL All-Star Game.

This marks the second time that the Lightning and city of Tampa will host the event, following the 1999 NHL All-Star Game.

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. . . 2018 STADIUM SERIES FEATURING CAPITALS AND MAPLE LEAFS
The NHL also announced that the Capitals and Maple Leafs will face off outdoors in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on March 3.

This marks the first in a series of outdoor games the League plans to stage at U.S. Service Academies.

Click here for more details.

LOOSE PUCKS
Nashville’s Ryan Ellis scored his fifth goal of the playoffs, tied for the League lead among defensemen with teammate Roman Josi . . . Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) and Sidney Crosby (0-2—2) registered their League-leading 25th and 22nd points, respectively, of the postseason . . . Predators forward Colton Sissons (1-0—1) picked up his 11th point of the playoffs (6-5—11 in 17 GP), one more than his total from the regular season (8-2—10 in 58 GP) . . . Penguins forward Nick Bonino (2-0—2), who posted the tiebreaking goal with 2:33 remaining in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final vs. SJS, recorded his second career multi-goal postseason game (74 GP) and first since April 27, 2014 w/ ANA . . . ICYMI: Fans voted the 1977-78 Canadiens1983-84 Oilers and 2001-02 Red Wings as Nos. 8, 9 and 10, respectively, on the list of Greatest NHL Teams . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Bryan Trottier and Grant Fuhr as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

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