Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in 6 games

Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie is checked against the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Colin Wilson during the first period in Game 6 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday

"And we find ourselves in the position we're going to play for the Cup". "It's certainly something that everyone dreamed of as a kid".

"I don't think we played poorly in the series", said Carlyle.

Surreal also would describe what was going on inside and outside the arena.

With the score ties at 3-3, Sissons ripped home a one-timer from the left circle that was set up by Calle Jarnkrok, three seconds after the Predators killed off a power-play following a delay-of-game call on Roman Josi.

Even with the Ducks winning the shot battle 25-8, Nashville took its lead into the third period and Sissons' second goal of the game made it 3-1 three minutes in. It was a major risk and it didn't pay off. Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored empty-net goals. Nashville will face either Pittsburgh or Ottawa. "It's something that has been pretty cool to see". He's been the Predators' starting goalie since the 2008-09 season and has now become their most valuable playoff performer.

Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase (86), of the Czech Republic, shoots the puck past Nashville Predators defenseman Matt Irwin (52) for a goal during the second period in Game 6 of the Western Conference final in the National Hockey League hock.

"It's nearly like a thing you don't want to think about too much", Rinne said.

"In the back of your head, you've been thinking about the Final, and then when the buzzer goes off, it's an awesome feeling", Rinne said as he and his teammates celebrated. He limited the Ottawa offense to three goals in a little over five periods in the previous two matchups, which makes his GAA since Fleury was pulled on Wednesday an astounding 1.08 GAA.

"I said it a couple of times already and I don't want to boost myself or anything", said Subban, who was traded for Nashville's Shea weber a year ago. Our fans are unbelievable, a great group of guys.

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The Predators won the series against Anaheim after losing their number one center Ryan Johansen in game four when he suffered a leg injury that required surgery. By the end, Anaheim's bottom two lines were devoid of NHL-level scoring talent.

The fact that he and Sissons, 23, combined for five goals was symbolic of how the Predators have thrived in the playoffs.

They came. They bought in every night. His playoff numbers really are impressive: 31 points in 33 career AHL playoff games; his previous year of juniors, he had 17 points in 18 playoff games for Guelph.

"Our guys know the big picture". "I don't think I'd complain about our effort". His physicality. His durability.

What's next: With the win, the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup finals. The others: the 2002 Carolina Hurricanes (16th), 2004 Calgary Flames (12th), 2006 Edmonton Oilers (14th), 2010 Philadelphia Flyers (18th), 2012 Los Angeles Kings (13th), 2014 New York Rangers Rangers (12th) and 2016 San Jose Sharks (11th).

"Our coaching staff has developed the philosophy that has allowed a lot of players' games to improve and really develop", Ellis said. "They understand what it is that we're trying to do here. We feel it on the bench".

Either way, hold onto your cowboy hats hockey fans, the Stanley Cup final is coming to Smashville.

Following the Predators 6-3 victory over the Ducks, Underwood shared video of the Bridgestone Arena crowd cheering loudly as the team was presented with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in recognition of their status as NHL Western Conference Champions.

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