Stanley Cup Final three stars: Behind resurgent Pekka Rinnes acrobatic saves, Predators even series

Of all the bold proclamations made by P.K. Subban in the past week, he tucked the most outlandish at the end of an interview after an electric Predators Game 3 win.

This deal leaves veterans Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Dennis Seidenberg and Thomas Hickey on the Isles’ blue line, along with restricted free agent Calvin de Haan. Youngsters Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech, right now, are leading candidates to fill the big hole left by Hamonic’s departure, should Islanders GM Garth Snow not look outside the organization.

Travis, he’s definitely a little brother, offered Snow. I think the world of him on and off the ice. But we feel we have a good hockey team. We have a team that’s built for now and the future. At the end of the day you have to do what’s best for the hockey club.

Saturday’s trade caps a busy week for both the Flames and the Islanders. Calgary acquired veteran goalie Mike Smith from the Coyotes prior to the expansion draft. The Islanders acquired top-six forward Jordan Eberle from the Oilers on Thursday for Ryan Strome after sending a parcel of draft picks and winger Mikhail Grabovksi to Vegas prior to the expansion draft to protect Strome, among others.

Another stat from this game: Ottawa is 0 for 2 on goal attempts this game. They were 0 for 27 in their last 10 games.

The Penguins have absolutely no mercy. Fifty seconds into the third period, with the game already well in hand at 5-0, and Crosby collects a backhand assist across the crease to Phil Kessel, who of course made the power-play goal.

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