NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals End
There has been plenty of ice-hockey action to keep Australia’s online betting fans entertained over the past few months, as the North America’s NHL teams battle for the Stanley Cup. The past week was particularly exciting, as the Eastern Conference Finals saw two teams fighting all the way to the finish, over the full seven ties.
As the only Canadian team surviving in the tournament, the Ottawa Senators had everything to play for, and they started off the first tie of their Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a win in the Penguins’ home city. The Philadelphia team then came back immediately to win the second tie.
The Senators won game three to get back in the lead, but the Penguins equalised again in tie four. The Pittsburgh team went ahead for the first time in tie five, but then it was the Senators’ turn to claw back to even scores. Finally, on Thursday, back in the Pittsburgh Paints Arena where their Conference Final started, the Penguins managed to win the decider 3-2, thanks to a goal in overtime by Chris Kunitz.
As a result, the Penguins are now the 2017 NHL Eastern Conference Champions, and they go through to compete in the seven-match finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup.
Penguins Play Predators in Stanley Cup Finals
The NHL Western Conference Final had been decided on Tuesday already, in the sixth match between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks. Once again, the first four ties followed a familiar pattern: the Predators winning, then the Ducks drawing level again in the next game.
But then the Nashville side kicked it up a gear, beating the California team 3-1 and 6-3 in succession, and clinching the Western Conference Championship without the need for a seventh tie.
The Stanley Cup Finals are scheduled to run until Monday, 12 June, although they could finish earlier, as soon as one of the finalists racks up four victories. Punters will be able to assess how likely that is when the Penguins and the Predators face off in the first tie of the Finals on Monday, 29 May.