The Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Monday, 6-3, and will head to its first Stanley Cup Final.
Nashville made the most of a solid season to make the NHL Playoffs and advance in the tournament to get to the end. The Predators have never made a Stanley Cup Final appearance in its 18 seasons in the league.
The Predators were led by Colton Sissons, who scored his third goal with six minutes to go in the third period, basically icing and hopes the Ducks had of making a comeback.
Nashville has almost been rendered helpless in the playoffs thanks to injuries to Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen. Fisher has been dealing with an upper-body injury, while Johansen will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a serious thigh injury.
“We went through a tremendous amount of adversity the last 72 hours losing two key guys in our lineup,” Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban told reporters after the game. “I mean, I said it before earlier in the playoffs that this team’s got tremendous amount of composure. There is so much confidence in this dressing room what we can accomplish together if we play the right way.”
The Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues to get to this point. They will face either the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins or the underdog Ottawa Senators in the Final.