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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, May 29, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Pittsburgh and Nashville

 

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
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PENGUINS, PREDATORS FACE OFF IN GAME 1 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Penguins and Predators open the 2017 Stanley Cup Final when they face off in Game 1 at PPG Paints Arena.

* The reigning champion Penguins are vying to become the first repeat Stanley Cup winner since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Pittsburgh is playing in its sixth Stanley Cup Final – all since 1991, tied for the most in the NHL in that span (w/ DET).

* The Predators, who began play in 1998-99 and are competing in the postseason for the 10th time, are making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. They had three total playoff series wins prior to this year (3-9).

* The Penguins and Predators have met 25 times during the regular season, with Pittsburgh owning a 12-11 edge in wins and 27-26 point advantage (PIT: 12-10-3, NSH: 11-10-4). They split their two matchups in 2016-17, with each team winning on home ice.

DID YOU KNOW?
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.

TALE OF THE TAPE
A closer look at how the Penguins and Predators match up (minimum 1 GP in playoffs):

Average Height
PIT: 6’1” (72.5”), NSH: 6’1” (72.5”)

Average Weight
PIT: 193 lbs., NSH: 201 lbs.

Average Age
PIT: 28.8, NSH: 27.6

Birthplaces
PIT: Canada (10), USA (10), Sweden (2), Finland (1), Germany (1), Russia (1), Switzerland (1)
NSH: Canada (12), Sweden (5), Finland (3), Switzerland (3), USA (3)

POSTSEASON TEAM RANKINGS
A snapshot of how the Penguins and Predators have fared thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Goals For (Per Game)
PIT: 1st (3.05), NSH: 3rd (2.94)

Goals Against (Per Game)
PIT: 5th (2.32), NSH: 1st (2.28)

Power Play
PIT: 3rd (25.0%), NSH: 12th (14.9%)

Penalty Kill
PIT: 8th (85.5%), NSH: 4th (88.1%)

Shots on Goal (Per Game)
PIT: 10th (30.2), NSH: 12th (29.9)

Shots Against (Per Game)
PIT: 11th (32.6), NSH: 4th (29.7)

Face-Off Winning Percentage
PIT: 6th (51.0%), NSH: 9th (50.1%)

Hits (Per Game)
PIT: 13th (29.9), NSH: 14th (29.5)

Blocked Shots (Per Game)
PIT: 6th (18.1), NSH: 14th (15.4)

CLOSE GAMES, COMEBACKS AND OVERTIMES HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFFS
Of the 81 games contested thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

* 50 have been decided by one goal (61.7%), one shy of the single-year NHL record established in 2007 (51 in 81 GP, 63.0%). Another 10 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score (combined, 74.1%).

* 32 have featured a team overcoming a deficit of at least one goal to win (39.5%), including 14 multi-goal comeback victories (17.3%). That is one shy of the single-year NHL record, set in 2014 (15 in 93 GP, 16.1%).

* 27 have required overtime (33.3%), one shy of the single-year NHL record established in 1993 (28 in 85 GP, 32.9%).

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, May 28, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition

 

NHL ANNOUNCES 2017 STANLEY CUP FINAL OFFICIALS
The NHL announced the officials for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final:

Referees: Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock

Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brian Murphy

ICYMI: GAME 7 OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL DRAWS STRONG RATINGS
Thursday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final drew strong ratings across North America:

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
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Toronto FC dominates Crew SC, 5-0

 

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 0 – Toronto FC 5
BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Friday, May 26, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
TOR – Victor Vazquez (Penalty Kick) 6’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2qoCK0L]
TOR – Justin Morrow (Ben Spencer) 39’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2qXZs2x]
TOR – Victor Vazquez (Unassisted) 34’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2rI8TEc]
TOR – Jonathan Osorio (Jordan Hamilton) 86’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2qkKB3z]
TOR – Jordan Hamilton (Raheem Edwards, Jonathan Osorio) 90+3’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2r7f4RJ]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (6-7-1, 19 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, Ohio)
Wednesday, May 31 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2qsFJ7j


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2qXHME6


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2qt61Gy


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2qt1WCh

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER WIL TRAPP: http://bit.ly/2qt1WCh


AUDIO FROM DEFENDER JONATHAN MENSAH:
http://bit.ly/2qt1WCh


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistants: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Craig Lowry
Fourth Official: Chris Penso
Attendance: 25,376
Weather: 63 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS
TOR – Victor Vazquez (Penalty Kick) 6’
TOR – Justin Morrow (Ben Spencer) 39’
TOR – Victor Vazquez (Unassisted) 59’
TOR – Jonathan Osorio (Jordan Hamilton) 86’
TOR – Jordan Hamilton (Raheem Edwards, Jonathan Osorio) 90+3’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
CLB – Jonathan Mensah (caution) 5’
TOR – Marky Delgado (ejection) 81’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Nico Naess, Jonathan Mensah, Waylon Francis; Niko Hansen, Wil Trapp ©, Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn 65’), Justin Meram (Artur 40’); Kekuta Manneh, Ola Kamara (Ethan Finlay 68’)

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Alex Crognale, Josh Williams, Jukka Raitala

Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez (Jonathan Osorio 68’), Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Steven Beitashour; Tosaint Ricketts (Raheem Edwards 84’), Ben Spencer (Jordan Hamilton 60’)

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Armando Cooper, Benoit Cheyrou, Jason Hernandez

TEAM NOTES

Midfielder Wil Trapp had 108 touches on the ball and completed 97 passes, more than anyone else on either team in tonight’s match against Toronto FC. Trapp finished with a 95.7% passing accuracy rate and completed one tackle.

Tonight’s match was the last regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Toronto FC and marked the 31st all-time regular-season meeting between the Black & Gold and the Reds. Crew SC’s all-time regular-season record against Toronto is now 13-7-10.

Crew SC returns to MAPFRE stadium on Wednesday, May 31 to take on 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

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MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred issues statement on the death of former pitcher Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning with his eventual successor, Rand Paul in 2010 by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher and former United States Senator Jim Bunning, who was 85:

“Jim Bunning led an extraordinary life in the National Pastime and in public service. He was a consistent winner and workhorse pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. Jim threw no-hitters in both leagues, pitched a perfect game on Father’s Day in 1964 and, at his retirement, had more strikeouts than any pitcher in history except Walter Johnson.

“In his baseball career, Jim was proud of always taking the ball. The work ethic that made him a Hall of Famer led him to the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He served the state of Kentucky for more than two decades and became the only Hall of Famer ever to serve in Congress.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Senator Bunning’s family, friends, constituents and the many fans who admired his career in our game.”

 

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Phillies ownership remembers Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning as a Detroit Tigers rookie in 1955 By From collection of JGHowes, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

“Jim was an incredible competitor and was determined to maximize his ability and make the most of everything he did in life. He clearly succeeded in doing so. Jim and his wife Mary remained close members of the Phillies family, attending our Alumni Weekend festivities whenever they were able to be in Philadelphia. We were so honored to have had Jim and Mary here for what would be his last Alumni Weekend in 2016. The Bunning family has lost a very special patriarch, and we at the Phillies have lost a very special friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family at this difficult time.”

- David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

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