If Penguins hoist a 5th Stanley Cup, window is wide open for many more

 

Sunday’s Penguins Buzz Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight and here are the Pittsburgh Penguins on the cusp of back-to-back Stanley Cups. Putting themselves in great position to hoist a fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history, if the Penguins finish the job tonight or in Game 7, what can’t be understated is that the window remains wide open for more Cups. This group is not going away and in position to potentially add this summer. The Penguins have not backed themselves into a corner with the cap like the Chicago Blackhawks have for instance and the emergence of difference makers like a Jake Guentzel on a rookie deal for two more seasons are things that have fallen into the Penguins lap. Among others like the cap friendly Bryan Rust deal for another season and Matt Murray’s new contract for next season at $3.75 million per is tremendous valueRead More »

Stanley Cup Final: Breaking down why the Penguins should be labled as a slight favorite

 

Stanley Cup Final: Predators vs Penguins What many hockey types around the game see being the precursor of who wins the Stanley Cup will come down to whether the Predators defense can be special enough to off-set the major advantage the Penguins have down the middle. The Predators blueline has all of the talent and ability of being the difference that sways the series in their direction but no Ryan Johansen looms so large for Nashville. “This will be a tight, contested series, but I don’t see how they [Nashville] make up for the loss of Johansen,” an NHL assistant coach said believing Pittsburgh will prevail. “That’s a thoroughbred you can’t just replace with plug guys against that team [Pittsburgh].” Predators Projected Lineup Forwards Filip Forsberg – Colton Sissons – Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson – Mike Fisher – James Neal Colin Wilson – Calle Jamkrok – Craig Smith Frederick GaudreauRead More »

Brandon Saad leads Blackhawks to 2-1 win, series tied

 

Game 4 Stanley Cup Final The Stanley Cup Final is all tied up at 2-2 as the series shifts back to Tampa Bay for Game 5. Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad came up with clutch performances as the Blackhawks somehow preserved a 2-1 lead in the closing minutes to take Game 4 with a 2-1 win. Toews scored his 10th goal of the post-season in the second period and Brandon Saad would net the game winner for the Hawks at 6:22 of the third period. Patrick Sharp on Brandon Saad: "What is he 21 (actually, he's 22) years old? He looks like a grown man out there." #Blackhawks — Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 11, 2015 It might be the last goal Saad ever scores in a Blackhawk uniform as you know the Penguins believe they’re going to trade Nick Spaling for Saad in a couple weeks. The Lightning had to turnRead More »

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks rally by scoring twice in third, take Game 1

 

STANLEY CUP FINAL The Chicago Blackhawks like they often do find ways to win and did exactly that in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Trailing 1-0, the Blackhawks dominated play in the third period and scored twice in a 1:58 span, en route to a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Teuvo Teravainen (3) tied the game at 1-1 with 6:32 remaining in the regulation and Teravainen would could come up big moments later, creating a Lightning turnover with pressure on J.T. Brown and Antoine Vermette buried a shot past Ben Bishop to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Chicago Blackhawks gave up a first round pick and top prospect for Antoine Vermette and the trade for months had been looking like a complete dud but Vermette who has dealt with being a healthy scratch at various points in post-season,Read More »