Standing by the side of the net, Patric Hornqvist bounced the puck off Pekka Rinne's back and into the net following a missed point shot by Justin Schultz with 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining in the third period. That provided the winning goal, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in a controversial Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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A fired-up Sidney Crosby led his dominant Penguins to a 6-0 steamrolling of the Predators in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday.
The victory continued the trend in this series of the home team winning. The winner of Game 5 in a series that was previously tied 2-2 has gone on to win the Cup 17 of 24 times.
Just when the Ottawa Senators look as if they're done, they find a way to keep going.
Facing elimination, they did it once again in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals, this time wiping out an early deficit to push the Penguins to their second elimination game of the postseason.
Pekka Rinne stopped 38 of Anaheim's 41 shots Monday night in a 6-3 victory that sent the Predators to their first Stanley Cup Finals, which begins next Monday in Pittsburgh or Ottawa.
The reigning NHL champion Penguins are now one win away from advancing to their second consecutive Stanley Cup finals. With the way they beat the Senators so convincingly 7-0 in Game 5 on Sunday, new evidence was provided that this banged-up group might have more than enough left in the reserves to pull off a repeat.
Nashville left wing Pontus Aberg had to leave Saturday night's 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks to be evaluated for a concussion minutes after he scored the goal that gave the Predators a 2-1 lead in the third period.
Aberg fell face-first to the ice with 11:24 to play in the third period but stayed in the game. After he scored his first career playoff goal, the NHL concussion spotter asked him to go into the locker room for further tests.
Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins' lineup on Saturday night after passing his concussion test, but it wasn't enough to help Pittsburgh eliminate the Capitals in Game 5 in Washington.
Crosby had an assist and three shots on goal in 19:10 of ice time, but the Penguins lost 4-2. Game 6 is Monday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins lead the series 3-2.
In a game the Capitals desperately needed, Alex Ovechkin managed just two shots on goal. He took two penalties. He was held off the scoreboard for the fourth time in five playoff games.
Now, his Capitals are on the verge of elimination following their 3-2 loss in Game 4 of their series against the Penguins and he's putting it on his shoulders.
"I didn't play my game tonight. Me personally, I have to play much better," Ovechkin said. "I didn't control the puck well. I make stupid decisions. Unfortunately, it happened."
Connor McDavid became the only NHL player to hit the 100-point mark for the season on Sunday in the Oilers' 5-2 win over the Canucks.
McDavid had a pair of assists in the league's final game of the regular season and ended his campaign with 30 goals and 70 assists in 82 games.
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews scored his 39th goal of the season to set the record for goals by an American-born rookie.
Matthews set the mark by scoring 5:01 into the first period to put Toronto up 2-0 over the Sabres en route to a 4-2 victory Monday.