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Penguins win game 7 OT thriller, advance to Stanley Cup Finals

Penguins win game 7 OT thriller, advance to Stanley Cup Finals

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were able to fend off a feisty Ottawa Senators squad and win the NHL’s Eastern Conference Title in the final game of their best of seven series last night at PPG Paints Arena.

Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby set up the game winning tally in double overtime, setting up Chris Kunitz for his second goal of the game, breaking the hearts of Ottawa Senators fans in the process.

With the win, the Penguins will once again play for the Stanley Cup, this time against the Western Conference winning Nashville Predators.

Game 1 of the series is set for Monday night in Pittsburgh (8 EST).

The Western Conference’s eighth seed Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and most recently the Anaheim Ducks to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals.

Meanwhile, the Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and the aforementioned Ottawa Senators to once again advance to the final round.

Who do you think will win this year’s Stanley Cup Finals?

Sidney Crosby suffers a concussion, ruled out of Game 4

Sidney Crosby suffers a concussion, ruled out of Game 4

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The NHL’s top goal scorer, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, suffered a concussion during game three of last night’s game in Pittsburgh and has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game four against the Washington Capitals.

The injury occurred during the first period of yesterday’s game in Pittsburgh after Crosby suffered a head shot from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

The Penguins star forward, Crosby, led all NHL players in goals scored during the regular season with 44.

Despite missing a handful of regular season games, “Sid the Kid” managed to finish second in the regular season points race, trailing only Edmonton Oilers forward Conor McDavid.

The Penguins lost last night’s game three 3-2 in overtime and now lead their best of seven series with the Capitals 2 games to 1.

Game four takes place Wednesday night in Pittsburgh before the series returns to Washington for game five on Saturday night.

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Penguins acquire Phil Kessel in trade with Toronto‏

Penguins acquire Phil Kessel in trade with Toronto‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired sniper Phil Kessel in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday afternoon.

The deal involved a total of six players and some draft picks, here is the breakdown:

To Pittsburgh:  Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs and Tim Erixon. Plus a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

To Toronto: Scott Harrington, Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling. Plus a first and third round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Toronto will also pay a portion of Phil Kessel’s salary going forward, $1.25 million per year to be exact.

Kessel had 25 goals in 82 games with the Maple Leafs last season.

In eight NHL seasons, Kessel has hit or surpassed the 30-goal mark on five occasions.

Those numbers should increase in Pittsburgh, as Kessel will get to play on a line with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby has never had a go-to sniper as a wing man and was very excited when asked about the trade to acquire Kessel:

“I’m excited! He’s an elite scorer and has a lot of speed. I see him fitting in well with us.”

Pittsburgh’s power play will now boast former Art Ross winner Evgeni Malkin, former NHL MVP Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Patrick Hornqvist. Yikes!

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The NHL Stanley Cup Final begins tonight in Tampa Bay!‏

The NHL Stanley Cup Final begins tonight in Tampa Bay!‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Game 1 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals takes place tonight in Tampa Bay, Florida.

This year’s finals will showcase the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Chicago Blackhawks with puck drop scheduled for 8pm EST.

Tampa Bay finished the season with a record of 50-24-8 and 108 total points, while the Chicago Blackhawks finished with a record of 48-28-6 and 102 points.

Tampa Bay advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals by defeating the New York Rangers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the third time in the past six seasons by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in game seven of the Western Conference Final.

Chicago has been led by the strong play of Captain Jonathan Toews, as well as contributions from All-Stars Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.

Tampa Bay on the other hand, has reached the Stanley Cup Finals due to their roster depth and overall team speed.

The Lightning will need sniper Steven Stamkos to play at his very best this series, this if they hope to stop the Blackhawks from becoming a modern day dynasty.

Tampa Bay’s goalie, Ben Bishop, has played very well during this year’s playoff run and will need to continue his hot streak against Chicago’s high-powered offense.

Meanwhile, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has also rebounded, this after being benched in the opening round of this year’s playoffs.

Who do you have winning this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Final?

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