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



Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 5, Nashville 3 – PIT leads 1-0

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).

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.

* 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.

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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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.

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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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Crew SC returns home for mid-week matchup with MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders















To host the Sounders after three-match road trip

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2017


COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (6-7-1, 19 points) hosts Seattle Sounders FC (4-5-4, 16 points) at MAPFRE Stadium, Wednesday, May 31. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Wednesday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.


Wednesday’s match is the lone regular-season meeting this season between Crew SC and 2016 MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders FC. Tomorrow’s contest also marks the 12th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Currently, the Black & Gold hold a 3-5-3 regular-season record against Seattle. Crew SC has a 2-1-0 record against the Sounders in its last three regular-season matches, scoring five goals against the Western Conference team over that same span.

Through the first 14 matches of the 2017 MLS season, the Black & Gold have scored a total of 20 goals, with 13 of those goals being scored at MAPFRE Stadium. Additionally, Crew SC has scored in each of its home matches this season. The Black & Gold’s 13 goals are currently tied for fifth-most goals scored at home in MLS this season.

In addition to the match against the Sounders, Crew SC is also hosting its inaugural Pups at the Pitch event at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow. For only $35, supporters and dogs can get a General Admission ticket in the lower sideline. Prior to kickoff, supporters and their dogs will have access to a designated dog park at MAPFRE Stadium. Prior to entrance, supporters are required to sign a waiver stating that their dogs’ vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian are current. To expedite this process, supporters may print and sign the waiver at the link below to bring with them and have ready upon entering the venue. Supporters must be 18 years or older to bring their dog to Pups at the Pitch. Ticket packages include Human and Dog Package for $35 and a Dog add-on ticket (owner must already have a match ticket) for $10 and Human add-on ticket for $30.  Full detailed info, including the waiver, can be found at the following link:

Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Wednesday, May 31 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)


Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide:

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on




Blue Jackets’ Dubinsky has successful wrist surgery

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky underwent successful surgery to repair an injured wrist on Monday, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Recovery is expected to take approximately three months. 


“Brandon had been experiencing discomfort in his wrist since the season ended and after an examination last week it was determined that surgery was the best course of action at this time,” said Kekalainen.  “We expect that he’ll be ready to go when training camp begins in September.”
Dubinsky, 31, tallied 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points with 91 penalty minutes and a +16 plus/minus rating in 80 games last season, leading the club in penalty minutes and matching his career-best plus/minus rating. He also won 51.7 percent of his faceoffs and registered his seventh career 40-point campaign.
The Anchorage, Alaska native has collected 141-267-408 and 836 penalty minutes with a cumulative +42 plus/minus rating in 700 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.  In five seasons with Columbus, he has 60-135-195, 379 penalty minutes and is +18 in 307 outings.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting

Brandon Dubinsky CBJ (2013 photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)



Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon named NL Player of the Week


Charlie Blackmon on field 2014 By Jennifer Zambrano on Flickr CC BY 2.0, https


Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 28th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon (.429, 3 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Washington Nationals also posted an excellent week. The sixth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft (by Washington) slashed .500/.500/1.583 with five runs scored, a double, four home runs and nine RBI during a three-game stretch from May 23rd-25th, homering in three consecutive games for the first time in his five-year career. Rendon’s teammate, starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, was dominant in his lone start last week, tossing 7.0 shutout innings, while striking out 15 batters and permitting just three hits and one walk. With the impressive outing, the two-time NL All-Star (2012, 16) delivered his third start of the 2017 campaign with 10-or-more strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.94 on the season. First baseman Lucas Duda (.435/1.000/.519, 7 XBH, 9 RBI) of the New York Mets enters play today in the midst of a five-game hitting streak. New York’s slugging first baseman registered four multi-hit efforts during his excellent week at the plate, and drove in a run in five of his six contests. Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Adam Duvall (.360, 6 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; Jordy Mercer (.444, 12 H, 5 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Anthony Rizzo (.320, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 21 TB) of the Chicago Cubs.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Charlie Blackmon will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Blackmon hit .400 (12-for-30) with three home runs, 12 RBI, six runs scored, a double, one triple and a stolen base over seven games to earn his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on August 14, 2016. Among NL leaders, Charlie finished the week first in RBI; tied for first in triples and total bases (24); tied for third in runs scored, hits and extra-base hits (5); tied for fourth in home runs; fifth in slugging percentage (.800); tied for eighth in stolen bases; and ninth in batting average. This is Colorado’s first weekly award since Blackmon’s most recent honor last season.

On May 23rd against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs, his first multi-homer game of the 2017 campaign. The four-RBI output gave him a Major League-leading 40 RBI on the season (47 games). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the fewest number of team games for a player to accumulate 40 RBI from the leadoff spot since Major League Baseball began recording RBI in 1920. The record of 52 team games was previously held by a couple of American Leaguers: Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers in 2009 and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox in 2016. In Friday night’s home tilt against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field, the 2014 NL All-Star went 4-for-4 with three RBI, finishing a double shy of the cycle. It was Charlie’s 14th time in his career with four-or-more hits, last accomplishing the feat on October 2nd of last season against the Milwaukee Brewers. Over a 13-game span from May 12th-26th, Colorado’s second round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft recorded a hit in 12 games, 10 of which were multi-hit efforts. The dynamic center fielder slashed .456/.475/.772 with 15 runs scored, two doubles, a pair of triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases during his torrid stretch. Entering play today, Blackmon paces the Majors in hits (71), triples (7), RBI (46) and total bases (135), while trailing only Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels in extra-base hits (31).





White Sox 1B Jose Abreu voted AL Player of the Week


Jose Abreu at plate in 2014 By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 28th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, José Abreu will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

In two starts last week, starting pitcher Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.64 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 SO) of the Houston Astros was also impressive. Sunday’s victory for the 23-year-old right-hander was his fourth consecutive win and capped off an impressive month of May, which saw him go 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 37 strikeouts over 36.1 innings pitched. From May 6th-23rd, McCullers logged 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing a run, the longest scoreless innings streak by an AL starting pitcher this season. Other noteworthy performances last week included J.C. Ramirez (2-0, 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 8 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; Led Lowrie (.500, 6 R, 5 2B, .778 SLG) of the Oakland Athletics; Xander Bogaerts (.400, 8 R, 3 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and Dellin Betances (3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3.2 IP, 7 SO) and Michael Pineda (2-0, 2.92 ERA, 12.1 IP, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees.

Abreu batted .452 (14-for-31) with seven runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and five RBI over seven games to claim his fourth career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning on September 20, 2015. Among his AL counterparts, José finished the period first in hits and total bases (23); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (5); third in batting average; seventh in slugging percentage (.742); and tied for ninth in RBI. This is Chicago’s first weekly honor since Jose’s most recent award in 2015.

In an Interleague tilt on May 23rd against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Abreu went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and the 100th home run of his four-year Major League career. The Cienfuegos, Cuba native became the 22nd player in club history to reach the milestone, and now trails Adam Dunn and Ray Durham (106) for 20th on the White Sox’ all-time home run list. In the following contest against the D-backs, the 2014 AL Rookie of the Year went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, home run and three RBI. During his excellent night at the plate, Abreu matched his career high with four hits in the game, and hit home runs in consecutive outings for the second time this season (also May 3rd-4th). Additionally, the 2014 AL All-Star now ranks 11th all-time in home runs among Cuban-born players, trailing Tony González, who ranks 10th after belting 103 homers from 1960-71, primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies. Abreu, who has hit every home run this season away from the Windy City, leads the Majors with 11 road home runs. The slugging first baseman finished his award-winning week with a multi-hit effort against the Detroit Tigers, his fourth multi-hit contest of the week. The two-hit effort capped a 10-game hitting streak, which saw him slash .444/.457/.733 with 11 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI. Led by Abreu, the White Sox have won seven of their last 11 contests and now trail the Minnesota Twins by 3.5 games for first place in the competitive AL Central.




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