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Colton Sissons capped off a productive first round with two assists in Sunday's Game 6 victory.

Sissons turned in seven points in six games in Nashville's battle with Colorado. With Winnipeg's high-powered offence waiting in the wings, the Predators need Sissons to stay hot.
Apr 22 - 10:34 PM

Andrew Hammond was shelled for five goals on 37 shots in a 5-0 Game 6 loss on Sunday night.

Hammond was able to propel the Avs to a big 2-1 victory with 44 saves on the road in Game 5, but could not bring the same magic to a do-or-die Game 6. The 30-year-old, who has dwelled in the minors for the majority of his career, was the Avs' third-stringer but rose to the starting gig after injuries.
Apr 22 - 10:30 PM

Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche fell 5-0 to an energized Nashville Predators squad in Game 6 on Sunday.

MacKinnon and the Avs could not weather the storm from the defending Western Conference Champs who have bigger aspirations this season. The Avs offence was quiet and Pekka Rinne was sharp on the road to silence MacKinnon, who had six points in the first five games and 97 during the season.
Apr 22 - 10:25 PM

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves in Nashville's 5-0 romp over Colorado in Game 6 to knock out the Avalanche.

Rinne turned in his best performance of the series and posted his fourth career postseason shutout. The Predators move on to face a tough Winnipeg squad that beat Minnesota in five games. Rinne improved to 4-2 in the playoffs with a 2.60 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Apr 22 - 10:22 PM

Nick Bonino notched a goal and two assists in Sunday night's 5-0 victory over Colorado.

Bonino helped the determined Predators end their first round series in six games in a blowout victory on the road. Bonino finished the first round with five points in six games, and will be a tough matchup for the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.
Apr 22 - 10:19 PM

Ron Hainsey enjoyed a well-deserved day off on Sunday.

The 37-year-old logged a game-high 26:06 of ice time in Game 5 on Saturday in Toronto's 4-3 win over Boston. That included over eight minutes of shorthanded action. "Age has nothing to do with it," said coach Mike Babcock. "Are you physically fit enough? Who would you want out there instead? To me, he's that good so he's going out there."
Apr 22 - 8:49 PM

Carter Rowney made his series debut in Game 6 against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Rowney had been out with an upper-body injury since Mar. 15. He got a chance to play Sunday because of an injury to Evgeni Malkin. Rowney logged just 8:39 of ice time in the contest.
Apr 22 - 8:32 PM

Will Butcher had a strong rookie season, but it was not good enough to make him a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Butcher had a hot start with nine assists in his first six games. He led all rookie defensemen with 44 points and helped the Devils earn a playoff spot in a promising first campaign in the NHL. The 23-year-old also posted four points in five playoff outings.
Apr 22 - 8:08 PM

Kyle Connor was snubbed of a Calder Trophy nomination despite a strong rookie season.

The 2017-18 first-year class was deep with talent, so even Connor's rookie-leading 31 goals were not enough to put him in the top three. He finished with 57 points in 76 games. However, Calder finalists Mathew Barzal, Brock Boeser and Clayton Keller would probably gladly trade places with Connor, who is competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Apr 22 - 7:26 PM

Carl Hagelin was injured in Game 6 against Philadelphia.

Hagelin was hurt on a big hit by Flyers captain Claude Giroux at around the midway mark of the contest. He was not able to return to the contest and coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update on the forward's status following the game.
Apr 22 - 7:12 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the nod in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Rinne and the Predators were unable to finish off the Avalanche on Friday and will get another opportunity on Sunday. He has posted a 3-2 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in the postseason.
Apr 22 - 6:59 PM

Ryan Hartman will be a healthy scratch Sunday in Game 6.

Hartman was suspended for Friday's contest because of an illegal check to the head on Colorado's Carl Soderberg. Scott Hartnell, who played in Game 5, will also be in the press box.
Apr 22 - 6:58 PM

Andrew Hammond will start Game 6 for the Avalanche on Sunday night.

Hammond allowed just one goal on 45 shots this past Friday in a Game 5 victory. He will probably need to have another performance like that in order for Colorado to extend the series once again.
Apr 22 - 6:40 PM

Sean Couturier played with a torn MCL in Games 5 and 6.

Couturier missed Game 4 because of the injury, but he returned to the fold quickly. He is not expected to require surgery in the off-season, but in regular season it probably would have amounted to a four-week recovery. Couturier was Philadelphia's best player in the series even after he was injured.
Apr 22 - 6:36 PM

Scott Laughton found the back of the net in Philadelphia's 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 6 on Sunday.

It was Laughton's first career point in nine playoff games. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald also scored a goal for Philadelphia. Matt Read, Claude Giroux, and Ivan Provorov each registered an assist in their final game of the 2018 playoffs.
Apr 22 - 6:07 PM


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