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Coach Mike Sullivan was happy to get Justin Schultz back from an upper-body injury in Game 7 versus Ottawa.

Schultz made his presence felt on the scoresheet with a goal and an assist in the contest even though it looked like he wasn't quite playing at 100 percent. "I think [the goal], in and of itself, is an indication of the impact he has on our team and our ability to win games. But it doesn't just stop there on the power play," Sullivan said. "He's a good puck mover. He's a mobile guy. He gets back to pucks. He sees the ice well. He can go tape-to-tape when the opportunities are there. So he helps our transition game." Schultz has done a great job pushing the Penguins forward even though the defense corps is missing Kris Letang.
May 27 - 9:42 AM

Olli Maatta logged 31:57 of ice time in Game 7 against Ottawa.

Maatta, Brian Dumoulin and Ron Hainsey set career highs for ice time. Maatta averaged 18:03 of ice time during the regular season, but he's up to 21:02 per contest in the playoffs. He has also contributed seven points in 19 postseason outings. Maatta, Dumoulin and Hainsey have all stepped up for Pittsburgh's battered back end to help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final.
May 27 - 9:32 AM

Phil Kessel has picked up six points in his last six contests heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are the only two players that have recorded more points than him this postseason. Kessel has seven goals and 19 points in 19 contests during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 8:50 PM

Jake Guentzel is the leading goal scorer in the playoffs heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg is tied with Guentzel, but his team's been eliminated from the playoffs. Guentzel currently has nine goals in 19 games, which is pretty impressive. On the flip side, he hasn't found the back of the net in his last eight contests.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 8:47 PM

There's a chance that Evgeni Malkin could end up playing in the 150th playoff game of his career this year.

In order for that to happen the Stanley Cup Final would have to go to seven games and Malkin would need to stay healthy. If those two conditions are met then Malkin would become the 89th player to ever reach the 150-game mark. Teammate Sidney Crosby is one game behind him on the list and Chris Kunitz has already played in 155 contests, which gives him the most postseason experience of any player on either team.
May 26 - 5:06 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team since the 1967 expansion to reach the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive campaigns on three different occasions.

Pittsburgh has enjoyed back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1991-92, 2008-09, and now 2016-17. As an aside though, Mike Sullivan is the first head coach to lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back years. Bob Johnson and Scotty Bowman coached the team in 1991 and 1992 respectively while Michel Therrien and Dan Bylsma were the bench boss in 2008 and 2009. Granted, Mike Sullivan wasn't leading the Penguins for all of the 2015-16 campaign, but he was the head coach for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and he's of course still around now.
May 26 - 4:15 PM

Sidney Crosby has more postseason points than any other player in the salary cap era.

Crosby has 56 goals and 157 points in 142 career playoff games. The only player that even comes close is teammate Evgeni Malkin, who has 55 goals and 153 points in 143 contests. Chris Kunitz is the next highest among players that will appear in the Stanley Cup Final as he ranks 16th overall with 86 points in 155 contests.
May 26 - 1:24 PM

This will be the first Stanley Cup Final to feature two American-born head coaches.

Mike Sullivan is the Penguins' bench boss while Peter Laviolette is the head coach of the Nashville Predators. They're also two of the six American-born coaches to ever win the Stanley Cup before as Sullivan led the Penguins to the Cup in 2016 while Laviolette was the head coach when the Carolina Hurricanes won it all in 2006.
May 26 - 12:23 PM

Sidney Crosby recorded his 20th point of the playoffs on Thursday.

It was an assist on the Western Conference Final series-winning goal. That helper also gave Crosby sole possession of 25th place in the NHL's all-time postseason points list with 157. Claude Lemieux holds the 24th spot with 158 points while Al MacInnis, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe, and Bobby Smith all retired with 160 career playoff points.
May 26 - 10:58 AM

Phil Kessel recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 2OT win against Ottawa in Game 7 Thursday night.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He has seven goals and 19 points in 19 playoff games this year.
May 26 - 10:55 AM

Conor Sheary registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 2OT win over Ottawa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Sheary drew back into the Penguins' lineup for Game 7 after being a healthy scratch in back-to-back games. He has no goals and four assists in 16 postseason games.
May 26 - 10:51 AM

Matt Murray turned aside 27 of 29 shots in Thursday's 3-2 double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but they allowed the Senators to even things up on both occasions. In double overtime, it was Chris Kunitz's second goal of the game that sent the Pens to their second straight Stanley Cup Final. Murray was good when he needed to be, but he wasn't as busy as Sens goalie Craig Anderson. Murray now has a 3-1 record with a 1.35 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage during the postseason. The Penguins will host the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series will begin on Monday night.
May 26 - 12:23 AM

Chris Kunitz had a night to remember in Pittsburgh's 3-2 double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After picking up just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring, Kunitz came through with two goals, including the game-winner at the 5:09 mark of the second overtime frame. He also added an assist on Justin Schultz's power play goal in the third period. Kunitz finished the game with three points, a plus-2 rating, six shots on goal, four hits and three blocked shots in 22:50 of ice time. The Penguins now move on to play the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 26 - 12:05 AM

Justin Schultz will play in Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Schultz missed the last four games because of an upper-body injury, but he's good to go tonight. He'll skate on a pairing with Ian Cole.
May 25 - 8:04 PM

Conor Sheary will play in Thursday's Game 7 against Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Final.

It looked like Sheary was going to be a healthy scratch in tonight's game, but with Patric Hornqvist (upper body) out, Sheary will draw in. He has no goals and three assists in eight games this postseason. Josh Archibald, Oskar Sunqvist, Cameron Gaunce Mark Streit and Derrick Pouliot will serve as healthy scratches in this one.
May 25 - 8:03 PM


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