Here are three things we learned from Nashville’s win in the Western Conference Final.
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Sissons to the rescue
Colton Sissons isn’t known for his goal-scoring ability, but he came up big for the Predators in Game 6.
The 23-year-old scored a hat trick to lift Nashville into the Stanley Cup Final with a 6-3 win over the Ducks. Sissons had just eight goals in 58 regular season games.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs often offer players the opportunity to break out and make a name for themselves. Sissons did just that on Monday after not scoring since Game 4 of Nashville’s first- series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
You’re in, Jonathan
It was the first career playoff start for the 28-year-old and it didn’t start out well.
Nashville made it 1-0 just 1:21 into the game on a goal from Austin Watson. The Predators would extend the lead to 2-0 just over seven minutes later on their third shot of the game.
Bernier finished the game by facing just 16 shots and making 12 saves.
Gibson left Game 5 on Saturday night after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period.
Not going down without a fight
Sissons gave the Predators a two-goal lead early in the third period and the initial reaction was that this game was over.
But not so fast, Anaheim said. The Ducks scored two goals within 3:52 tied the game up at 3-3.
The Ducks were the definition of not going down without a fight. Their resilience was almost enough to force overtime and possibly a Game 7.
For now, Anaheim’s drought without a Stanley Cup reaches 10 years after not winning since 2007.