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Luke Prokop’s choice to live an open and authentic life marks a new normal in sport | RK Russell

After finally moving past outdated notions of consequence and loss based on little to no actual evidence, we’re on the cusp of the most open and progressive era of male pro sports in historyLuke Prokop of the Nashville Predators became the first active…

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Predators’ Luke Prokop becomes first player on NHL contract to come out as gay

Defenseman hopes announcement will help his gameTeam and league welcome 19-year-old’s statementNashville Predators defenseman Luke Prokop has become the first active player under NHL contract to announce he is gay.The 19-year-old made the announcement …

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New Jersey Devils acquire PK Subban from Predators in blockbuster trade

Devils add Subban hours after drafting Jack Hughes first overallSubban is three-time All-Star and former Norris Trophy winnerThe New Jersey Devils acquired PK Subban from the Nashville Predators on Saturday in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies…

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The Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup story shows NHL expansion can work

Tennessee may not have been known as a hockey hotbed in the past but the Preds have brought character and exuberant fans to the league

Even before National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman appeared at ice level on Sunday night in Nashville to award the Stanley Cup to the Pittsburgh Penguins, fans in the Bridgestone Arena were already chanting “Bettman sucks.”

Most likely, the hatred spawned most directly from the fact that the Predators, who lost 1-0 to the Penguins in what was to be the decisive Game 6, would have been up by that same tally from early on, had it not been for a mystifying call by one of the referees. Early in the second period, a Predators shot deflected off the glove of Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, and Predators centre Colton Sissions tapped it in. But for whatever reason, the play had already been whistled dead, and the goal was disallowed.

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Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup again after late Game 6 goals

  • Penguins win second championship in two years after 2-0 victory
  • Pittsburgh take series 4-2 for first back-to-back titles in salary-cap era

Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year.

Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the NHL’s first team in nearly two decades to repeat as champions following a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.

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Stanley Cup final: Penguins take 2-0 lead after comfortable win over Predators

Pittsburgh win Game 2 despite being outshot by Nashville againJake Guentzel scores twice as Penguins chase second straight titleJake Guentzel scored twice and Matt Murray made 37 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins chased off Predators goalie Pekka Rinne …

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Stanley Cup Final: Penguins hold off Predators’ rally to draw first blood

  • Jake Guentzel scores crucial goal after shot-drought for defending champs
  • Nashville come back from 3-0 down but Pittsburgh take Game 1

Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel beat Nashville’s Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead in a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Guentzel snapped his eight-game goalless drought to help the defending champions escape after blowing a three-goal lead. Nick Bonino scored twice for the Penguins. Conor Sheary scored his first of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth. The Penguins won despite putting just 12 shots on goal. Murray finished with 23 saves for the Penguins, who used the first coach’s challenge in finals history to wipe out an early Nashville goal and held on despite going an astonishing 37:09 at one point without a shot.

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NHL playoffs: each of the 16 teams ranked

The race for the Stanley Cup has never been tighter. Except, perhaps, for the presence of the New York Rangers

The 2015 NHL playoffs will start Wednesday, and the race has never been tighter. One would like to predict these things, but in this age of hockey parity, even fewer sure things can be found than in years past. Except for perhaps the New York Rangers – they are as close as we get. Otherwise: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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NHL is back and if the Kings don’t win, someone else in California probably will

The new NHL season starts on Wednesday. Here, Colin Horgan previews the teams in the Western Conference, and suggests the Kings, Sharks and Ducks for the Stanley Cup, and why western Canada might not have much to shout aboutBruins offer Eastern promise…

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Jarome Iginla scores in shootout to edge Bruins past Ducks

• Boston beat Anaheim 3-2 to snap two-game skid
• Lundqvist’s 47th NHL shutout gives Knicks win over Sabres

Zdeno Chara scored the equalizing goal on a power play with under three minutes remaining in regulation before Jarome Iginla had the lone goal in a shootout to rally the Boston Bruins past the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday.

Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who mustered only one shot on goal in the first period. They never sustained much of an offensive attack but still managed to snap a two-game skid.

Devante Smith-Pelly scored less than two minutes into the game, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist and Jonas Hiller stopped 21 shots for the Ducks. But they went none for four on the power play, dropping the league’s worst unit to 7.3% (four for 55).

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his 47th NHL shutout as the New York Rangers won their second straight game and first at home with a 2-0 victory over the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

Lundqvist made a late third-period save with the top of his helmet, deflecting the puck into the crowd, and then robbed Marcus Foligno with 1:20 remaining. Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Chris Kreider netted his second in two games in the middle period to give Lundqvist the only offense he would need to post his third win and second shutout this season.

At Glendale, Arizona, Mikkel Boedker scored the lone shootout goal in the fifth round to lift the Phoenix Coyotes over the Nashville Predators 5-4. Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts for the Coyotes, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

Jordan Szwarz scored his first NHL goal and Derek Morris and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix, which has points in 10 of its past 11 games. David Legwand had a goal and two assists all in the first period and Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators.

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