2017 Final NHL Playoffs Bracket: Back In The ‘Burgh
A night before the NBA ended, we were able to complete the 2017 final NHL playoffs bracket. It ended the same way as last year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins once again hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup after a spirited challenge from Nashville. Nevertheless, the team with the playoff pedigree won the day. In related news, a lot of people who don’t like the Penguins are pissed off at hockey right now.
Whether you like the Pens or not — and there are more than a few Rangers fans around these parts — respect the Cup and the win. The Penguins have achieved something very special these last two seasons.
As for the Nashville Predators, they have nothing about which to be ashamed. They were supposed to lose in five games to the Blackhawks. Instead, they created a unique hockey spectacle in their tremendous town. A tap of the stick to the Preds and their fans.
2017 Final NHL Playoffs Bracket
About The 2017 NHL Playoffs
The Penguins are the first back-to-back Stanley Cup winners since the Detroit Red Wings (1997 and 1998). Pittsburgh has gone back-to-back before in 1991 and 1992.
En route to winning another Cup, Pittsburgh went 16-9 in the NHL postseason. Their series against Washington and Ottawa went the distance.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was the playoffs points leader at 28. In fact, the Pens had the top four point scorers: Malkin, Sidney Crosby (27), Phil Kessel (23), and Jake Guentzel (21).
Illustrating why both Pittsburgh and Nashville got that far, both Matt Murray (1.70) and Pekka Rinne (1.96) had GAAs under two this postseason.