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2017 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s 2016–17 season and the culmination of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Eastern Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators four games to two to win their second consecutive and fifth overall championship.

Pittsburgh also became the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win two consecutive Stanley Cup titles. They had home ice advantage in the series due to their better regular season record.

The series began on May 29, 2017 and concluded on June 11, 2017.

The Penguins made their second consecutive Finals appearance, this was the third time in their history they have done this following their appearances in 1991 and 1992, 2008 and 2009. No team had appeared in consecutive Finals since the latter year (which was a rematch between the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings).

The Predators made their debut in the Finals.

This was the second consecutive season in which a Western Conference team made their first appearance in the Finals; the San Jose Sharks made their Finals debut last year.

This was also the first time in NHL history that two US-born head coaches faced off against each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The series saw the first two games won by the Penguins, with the Predators coming back winning two games at home and tying the series at 2 games a piece, however, the Penguins would win game 5 at home and game 6 in Nashville 2-0 on June 11 2017 to defeat the Predators in six games and win the Stanley Cup once again.

The Penguins became the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 respectively to repeat as back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

Pittsburgh Coach Mike Sullivan became one of just three coaches to win a Stanley Cup in his first two seasons as a coach with his team, joining Pete Green who won with the Ottawa Senators back in 1920 and 1921 and Toe Blake who won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1956 and 1957.

This was the first final since 1983 that no game was decided by one goal.

2017 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
Nashville Predators 3 1 5 4 0 0 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 4 1 1 6 2 4
Location(s) Bridgestone Arena (3, 4, 6)

PPG Paints Arena (1, 2, 5)

Coaches Nashville: Peter Laviolette

Pittsburgh: Mike Sullivan

Captains Nashville: Mike Fisher

Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby

National anthems Nashville: Martina McBride (game 3), Dierks Bentley (game 4), Faith Hill (game 6)

Pittsburgh: Jeff Jimerson

Referees Wes McCauley (1, 3, 5), Brad Meier (1, 3, 5), Dan O'Halloran (2, 4, 6), Kevin Pollock(2, 4, 6)
Dates May 29 – June 11
MVP Sidney Crosby (Penguins)
Series-winning goal Patric Hornqvist (18:25, Third, G6)
Networks Canada (English): CBC

Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC and NBCSN

Announcers (CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson

(TVA) Felix Seguin, Patrick Lalime, Renaud Lavoie
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
(NHL International) Steve Mears, Kevin Weekes
(NBC Sports Radio & NHL Radio) Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Ray Ferraro

  • ← 2016
  • Stanley Cup Finals

TeamsEdit

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

This was Pittsburgh's second consecutive Finals appearance (after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games the previous season) and sixth appearance overall.

The Penguins did not make any major transactions during the off-season nor regular season, instead signing head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year extension. However, following a season-ending injury to Kris Letang, Pittsburgh acquired defencemen Ron Hainsey & Mark Streit via trades.

Pittsburgh earned 111 points (50 wins, 21 losses, and 11 overtime losses) during the regular season to finish second in the Metropolitan Division and second overall among playoff teams.

Center and team captain Sidney Crosby led the club in points with 89, finishing second in the league and led both the club and the league in goal-scoring with 44 goals during the regular season.

Teammate Phil Kessel led the team in assists with 47.

In the playoffs, the Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games, eliminated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals for a second consecutive year, this time in seven games, and edged the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Nashville PredatorsEdit

This is Nashville's first Finals appearance in its 19-year history.

During the off-season, Nashville traded defenceman and long-time team captain Shea Weber for defenceman P.K. Subban and during the regular season, they traded for forwards Cody McLeod & Vernon Fiddler. The Predators also re-signed forward Filip Forsberg during the off-season.

Nashville finished with 94 points (41 wins, 29 losses, and 12 overtime losses) during the regular season to finish as the second wild-card in the Western Conference, and the 16th overall and last seeded playoff team.

Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson tied for the team lead in regular-season goal-scoring with 31 each. Ryan Johansen led the team in assists with 47. Arvidsson and Johansen both tied for the team lead in points with 61.

The Predators started the playoffs by defeating the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in four games, becoming the first wild-card and eighth-seeded team in NHL history to sweep the top-seeded team in their conference.

They also eliminated both the St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks in six games respectively.

In the second round of the playoffs, Kevin Fiala sustained an injury and in the Conference Finals, Johansen would also receive an injury as well; both forwards would sustain serious leg injuries and neither would be able to return.

For Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, this marks his third time being in the Stanley Cup Finals with a third different team. He previously coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals (in which he won the Cup) and the Philadelphia Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

SeriesEdit

Game OneEdit

In the first period of Game 1, both teams remained scoreless until the final five minutes; Nashville forwards Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal were both called on penalties for the same time period and on the 5-on-3 power play Evgeni Malkin took a pass from captain Sidney Crosby to put the Penguins up 1–0.

A minute and 15 seconds later, Conor Sheary scored after another pass from Crosby; in the final 17 seconds of the period, Nick Bonino gave Pittsburgh its third goal.

The Penguins had no shots on goal in the second period while the Predators put off nine shots with one of those shots going into the net by Ryan Ellis on the power play. Nashville then tied the game in the third period.

However, the Predators' comeback would be foiled as Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel gave Pittsburgh the lead back on its first shot since the first period. Bonino's second goal of the game as an empty-netter would end the game 5–3.

Game TwoEdit

During the first period, the Predators received their first lead in a Finals game when Pontus Aberg went around defenceman Olli Maatta on a single effort to score his second of the playoffs.

The Penguins tied it up with 3:24 left in the first period when Jake Guentzel's shot sneaked in for his eleventh of the playoffs.

After a scoreless second period in which the Predators doubled the number of shots compared to the Penguins, Pittsburgh ignited in the third period scoring three goals in 3:18.

The first goal was by Guentzel who became the first rookie since Dino Ciccarelli to score twelve goals in a single playoff season (Dino scored 14 during his rookie season).

The next two goals were scored 15 seconds apart and also prompted Predators head coach Peter Laviolette to replace goaltender Pekka Rinne with Juuse Saros. The Penguins would hold off the Predators' six shots in the final period to win Game 2 4−1.

Game ThreeEdit

In game three, Jake Guentzel came within one goal of Ciccarelli's rookie record when a shot 2:46 into the game got past the Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. In the second period, the Predators scored 42 seconds apart to not only tie the game, but take the lead.

The first goal for the Predators came when defenceman Roman Josi fired a slap shot past Matt Murray. The second goal was on a wrist shot blasted by Frederick Gaudreau. James Neal would then give the Predators a two goal lead with 23 seconds left in the period.

In the third period, a breakaway by Craig Smith gave the Predators a three goal lead and a goal by Mattias Ekholm would be the insurance goal in a 5–1 victory for Nashville.

Near the end of the game, several misconducts were assessed after a cross checking by Phil Kessel gathered a crowd and fights broke out.

Game FourEdit

In Game 4, Calle Jarnkrok scored the first goal, but a breakaway set up by Brian Dumoulin for Sidney Crosby tied the score heading into the second period.

In the second period, after a Penguins breakaway was stopped by Pekka Rinne, Predators forward Frederick Gaudreau's wrap-around shot appeared to be stopped by Matt Murray, however, upon a video review, the puck snuck in under Murray's paddle before being swatted out.

A breakaway goal by Viktor Arvidsson would give the Predators their third goal of the game. Rinne would stop all nine shots faced in the third period and an empty-net goal by Filip Forsberg would tie the series 2–2 in a 4–1 victory for Nashville.

Game FiveEdit

In game five, Justin Schultz scored for Pittsburgh early in the first period on the power play. The following two goals by the Penguins would then put goaltender Juuse Saros into the net.

Pittsburgh continued their goal-scoring into the second period starting first with Conor Sheary. Jake Guentzel would tie the rookie record for points in a single playoff season (21) assisting on the first goal of the period.

The second goal came from Phil Kessel which gave Sidney Crosby his third point of the night.

The third goal by Ron Hainsey gave Kessel his third point of the night along with Crosby. This was the first period in which the Penguins out shot the Predators.

No goals were scored in the third period giving Matt Murray the shut out; in doing so, he became the first rookie since Cam Ward to record a shut out in the Finals.

During the third period, 20 penalties were assessed, the most in a single period since Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Game SixEdit

In Game 6, the game remained scoreless for two periods until the final two minutes in which former-Predator Patric Hornqvist scored the latest Stanley Cup winning goal (without going into overtime) with 1:35 left in the game.

Carl Hagelin would add an empty net goal to end the game 2–0. With the win, the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second consecutive Stanley Cup and fifth overall, winning all on the road.

RostersEdit

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
45 United States Archibald, JoshJosh Archibald RW R Template:Hs24 2011 Regina, Saskatchewan first
13 United States Bonino, NickNick Bonino C L Template:Hs29 2015 Hartford, Connecticut second (2016)
28 United States Cole, IanIan Cole D L Template:Hs28 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan second (2016)
87 Canada Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby – C C L Template:Hs29 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
7 United States Cullen, MattMatt Cullen C L Template:Hs40 2015 Virginia, Minnesota third (2006, 2016)
6 Canada Daley, TrevorTrevor Daley D L Template:Hs33 2015 Toronto, Ontario second (2016)
8 United States Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin D L Template:Hs25 2012 Biddeford, Maine second (2016)
29 Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury G L Template:Hs32 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
59 United States Guentzel, JakeJake Guentzel C/LW L Template:Hs22 2013 Omaha, Nebraska first
62 Template:Country data SWE Hagelin, CarlCarl Hagelin LW L Template:Hs28 2016 Södertälje, Sweden third (2014, 2016)
65 United States Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey D L Template:Hs36 2017 Bolton, Connecticut first
72 Template:Country data SWE Hornqvist, PatricPatric Hornqvist RW R Template:Hs30 2014 Sollentuna, Sweden second (2016)
81 United States Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel RW R Template:Hs29 2015 Madison, Wisconsin second (2016)
34 Template:Country data GER Kuhnhackl, TomTom Kuhnhackl LW L Template:Hs25 2010 Landshut, Germany second (2016)
14 Canada Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz – A LW L Template:Hs37 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan fourth (2007, 2009, 2016)
3 Template:Country data FIN Maatta, OlliOlli Maatta D L Template:Hs22 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland second (2016)
71 Template:Country data RUS Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin – A C L Template:Hs30 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
30 Canada Murray, MattMatt Murray G L Template:Hs23 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario second (2016)
37 Canada Rowney, CarterCarter Rowney C/RW R Template:Hs28 2016 Sexsmith, Alberta first
17 United States Rust, BryanBryan Rust RW R Template:Hs25 2010 Pontiac, Michigan second (2016)
4 Canada Schultz, JustinJustin Schultz D R Template:Hs26 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia second (2016)
43 United States Sheary, ConorConor Sheary LW L Template:Hs24 2015 Melrose, Massachusetts second (2016)
32 Template:Country data SUI Streit, MarkMark Streit D L Template:Hs39 2017 Bern, Switzerland first
23 Canada Wilson, ScottScott Wilson C L Template:Hs25 2011 Oakville, Ontario first

Nashville PredatorsEdit

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
46 Sweden Aberg, PontusPontus Aberg LW R Template:Hs23 2012 Stockholm, Sweden first
38 Sweden Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson LW R Template:Hs24 2014 Skellefteå, Sweden first
14 Sweden Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm D L Template:Hs27 2009 Borlänge, Sweden first
4 Canada Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis – A D R Template:Hs26 2009 Hamilton, Ontario first
83 Canada Fiddler, VernonVernon Fiddler C L Template:Hs37 2017 Edmonton, Alberta first
12 Canada Fisher, MikeMike Fisher – C C R Template:Hs36 2011 Peterborough, Ontario second (2007)
9 Template:Country data SWE Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg LW R Template:Hs22 2013 Östervåla, Sweden first
32 Canada Gaudreau, FrederickFrederick Gaudreau C R Template:Hs24 2016 Bromont, Quebec first
52 Canada Irwin, MattMatt Irwin D L Template:Hs29 2016 Victoria, British Columbia first
19 Template:Country data SWE Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok C R Template:Hs25 2014 Gävle, Sweden first
59 Template:Country data SWI Josi, RomanRoman Josi – A D L Template:Hs26 2008 Bern, Switzerland first
55 Canada McLeod, CodyCody McLeod LW L Template:Hs32 2017 Binscarth, Manitoba first
18 Canada Neal, JamesJames Neal – A RW L Template:Hs29 2015 Whitby, Ontario first
11 Canada Parenteau, P.A.P.A. Parenteau RW R Template:Hs34 2017 Hull, Quebec first
35 Template:Country data FIN Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne G L Template:Hs34 2004 Kempele, Finland first
20 Template:Country data FIN Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki RW L Template:Hs24 2011 Raahe, Finland first
74 Template:Country data FIN Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros G L Template:Hs22 2013 Forssa, Finland first
10 Canada Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons C R Template:Hs23 2012 North Vancouver, British Columbia first
15 United States Smith, CraigCraig Smith RW R Template:Hs27 2009 Madison, Wisconsin first
76 Canada Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban D R Template:Hs28 2016 Toronto, Ontario first
51 United States Watson, AustinAustin Watson W/C R Template:Hs25 2010 Ann Arbor, Michigan first
7 Template:Country data SWI Weber, YannickYannick Weber D R Template:Hs28 2016 Morges, Switzerland first
33 United States Wilson, ColinColin Wilson LW L Template:Hs27 2008 Greenwich, Connecticut first
26 Canada Zolnierczyk, HarryHarry Zolnierczyk LW L Template:Hs29 2016 Toronto, Ontario first

Pittsburgh Penguins – 2017 Stanley Cup championsEdit

The 2017 Stanley Cup was presented to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman following the Penguins' 2–0 win over the Predators in game six.

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

Goaltenders

Coaching and Administrative Staff:



Engraving notes:
  • Player Notes
  1. 2 Chad Ruhwedel - played 34 regular season games and 11 games in the playoffs. Missed all of the final two rounds due to injury. Unknown if he will receive an injury petition.
  2. 45 Josh Archibald Winger - played 10 regular season games and four playoff games, also played 66 games in minors - qualifies for playing in the finals.
  3. 58 Kris Letang Defence - played 41 games. He missed the last 41 regular season games, all 25 playoff games due to an injury - qualifies to be included.

Television & RadioEdit

In Canada, the series was broadcast by CBC Television (through "Hockey Night in Canada" as produced by Sportsnet through a brokerage agreement) in English and TVA Sports in French.

In the U.S., the Final was split between NBC and NBCSN. NBC aired games one and four, plus games five and six, while NBCSN aired games two and three.

The NHL on Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio carried the games throughout the United States on radio and through online streaming while the home calls of Nashville (WPRT-FM/Predators Radio Network) and Pittsburgh (WXDX-FM/Penguins Radio Network) was available both over the air in their home markets and through online streaming.