NHL – STANLEY CUP
Penguins one win from title
The NHL has gone 19 years without a repeat Stanley Cup winner, the longest gap without a back-to-back champion since the League began play in 1917. The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win consecutive titles when they play Game 6 of the Final against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.
The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.
Through five games, the series has been dominated by the home team. Pittsburgh won Games 1, 2 and 5, outscoring the Predators 15-4. But it’s been a different story at Bridgestone Arena, where Nashville won Games 3 and 4 by a combined score of 9-2.
Coaches, like players, try to stick to a routine and make sure everyone is on task. NHL.com Staff Writer Lisa Dillman looks at Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s efforts to get his team ready for Game 6.
A victory would give the Penguins three Stanley Cup championships since 2009. But it would be a fourth title for 37-year-old Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz, who also won with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. NHL.com Staff Writer Tim Campbell reports that the noise inside Bridgestone Arena won’t make Kunitz nervous but will help him sharpen his focus.
It’s win-or-go-home time for the Predators after they lost 6-0 in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. In his blog for NHL.com, forward Harry Zolnierczyk says he and his teammates aren’t intimidated by what’s at stake in Game 6, but that they must be at their best in order to send the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 on Wednesday.