Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Predators will play for Cup


In the final four games of the Western Conference Final, the Predators outscored the Ducks 10-0 in the third period.

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Colton Sissons scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal with exactly six minutes remaining in the third period. "You have been holding it back, and in the back of your head you've been thinking about the finals, and then when the buzzer goes off, it's an unbelievable feeling". Nashville captain Mike Fisher and RW Craig Smith also missed Game 6 with an undisclosed injuries. Sissons' goal on a attractive feed from Calle Jarnkrok pushing them into the lead for good. "I mean, I said it before earlier in the playoffs that this team's got a tremendous amount of composure".

"Our guys know the big picture", Laviolette said. "Unfortunately we weren't able to elevate enough to get by them". The first career hat trick for a guy that will be the toast of the town in Smashville for a long time to come. I think Murray may be the go to, but if the Senators force a Game 7 it will be a tough call.

NOTES: Anaheim RWs Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves (lower-body injuries) didn't make the trip east for Game 6.

Anaheim lost in the Western Conference final for the second time in three years. The rebound went out to Sissons, who scored his second of the game.

Pekka Rinne, Predators - Rinne, like much of these playoffs, was sensational, stopping 38 of 41 shots.

Anaheim got on the board at 4:45 of the second period as Ondrej Kase took Ryan Getzlaf's feed near the left post and scored his second goal of the playoffs on a wrister.

But this has been the best postseason ever for Rinne, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, a stretch ranking among the NHL's best.

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Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George was also in attendance, as he acted as one of the towel wavers to fire up the crowd before the game.

Fans filled the plaza outside the arena and the park across the street during the game before pouring onto the street lined with honky-tonks to celebrate.

Bernier had played a key role in the Ducks' late-season surge when he stood in for an injured Gibson, but he gave up two goals on the first three shots he faced. Jhonas Enroth was the backup in the game.

Anaheim had a chance to complete the comeback when Nashville took a delay of game penalty. Braden Holtby of the Washington Senators (29), Ryan Miller (28), Carey Price (25) and Craig Anderson (22) round out the top five. He finished a game-high plus-5.

"There's a lot of fight in this room and this one's going to sting for a while", Perry said. "But when I got traded I said that I believed that I would have a tremendous opportunity to win a Stanley Cup with this team".

Predators coach Peter Laviolette is returning to the Final eleven years after he won it all with the Hurricanes.

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