NHL.com begins streaming international exhibition games today

The NHL is responding to the hypothetical philosophical question of: “If an exhibition game/tree falls in Manheim, Germany/the middle of a forest, but no one sees/hears it … does it really happen?” by offering up a slate of those overseas exhibition games on NHL.com.

The league provided a full schedule of those games, which will stream during the times designated in the press release. Here is that full schedule, with times marked in eastern time (ET).

Saturday, October 2

1:30 p.m. (EST) – San Jose vs. Mannheim from SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany

Monday, October 4

11:30 a.m. (EST) – Carolina vs. SKA from Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, October 5

1:00 p.m. (EST) – Columbus vs. Malmo from Malmo Arena, Malmo, Sweden

Wednesday, October 6

12:30 p.m. (EST) – Phoenix vs. Riga from Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia

These games lead up to the season openers on Thursday, October 7 (pauses to throw confetti). There will be quite a few actual regular season games that happen in foreign countries, too, which surely will generate some hand-wringing from certain fan bases looking for an edgy new thing to complain about this season.

Want a rundown of those opening games? Thankfully, the league provided that in this paragraph from that release.

Following exhibition play begins the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere where the Hurricanes and Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8 (VERSUS, TSN, ESPN America, 4 Sport, WCMC – Carolina Radio, WCCO – Minnesota Radio). The Blue Jackets and Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 (VERSUS, TSN, ESPN America, Viasat Sports HD, KFOX – San Jose Radio, WBNS – Columbus Radio) and Saturday, Oct. 9 (NHL Network – except San Jose, CSN California, CBC, ESPN America, Viasat Sports HD, KFOX – San Jose Radio, WBNS – Columbus Radio). Meanwhile, the Bruins and Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Versus, NESN, TSN, ESPN America, Nova Sports, XTRA Sports 910-Phoenix Radio, Sports Hub 98.5-Boston Radio) and Sunday, Oct. 10 (NHL Network – except Boston, NESN, ESPN America, Nova TV, XTRA Sports 910-Phoenix Radio, Sports Hub 98.5-Boston Radio)

You see that wild man skating in your rear view mirror*, people? That’s the rapidly approaching hockey season. It’s OK to get excited.

* – Note: this is a strange metaphor. If a wild man is skating toward your car: 1) stop driving on ice and 2) begin the worrying process.

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    Predators eliminate Ducks, reach first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history

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    Colton Sissons made a serious argument that the Nashville Predators do, indeed, still have a No. 1 center.

    At least, he certainly played that way on Monday, generating a hat trick as the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks via a 6-3 win, taking the series 4-2.

    In doing so, the Predators advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

    That 6-3 score is very misleading. While Nashville managed 2-0 and 3-1 leads, there was plenty of drama in this one, as the Ducks did not go down easily. Cam Fowler tied it up 3-3 in the third period, briefly stunning a rowdy crowd in Nashville.

    Sissons was up to the task, however, settling down a bouncing puck on an otherwise stupendous Calle Jarnkrok pass to score the game-winner, notching a hat trick in the process. Sissons continues to be an unlikely hero for a Predators team dealing with the absence of Ryan Johansen (not to mention Mike Fisher, Craig Smith, and others).

    Two empty-netters inflated the score, and they also sapped drama from the closing moments, which must have been quite the relief considering how much resolve Anaheim showed.

    Peter Laviolette distinguishes himself as one of the NHL’s most underrated bench bosses, becoming just the fourth coach in league history to take three different teams to a Stanley Cup Final. He couldn’t win it all with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he does have a ring thanks to his time with the Carolina Hurricanes. Perhaps he’ll take another one this spring?

    It’s quite the moment for GM David Poile, too, after trading Shea Weber for P.K. Subban and Seth Jones for Johansen, among other pivotal moves.

    The Ducks might wonder what could have been if John Gibson played instead of Jonathan Bernier. Bernier struggled early, allowing two goals on the first three shots he faced and generally having a tough Game 6. Pekka Rinne, meanwhile, maintained his mostly great run in the playoffs; he protected a Predators lead even when the Ducks dominated long stretches of play.

    Now the Predators get a nice rest, as the Eastern Conference Final continues with a Game 6 on Tuesday (and possibly a Game 7 on Thursday).

    They’ll limp a bit toward that final round, but the Predators seem to be embracing new territory. And sometimes new heroes.

    Video: Ducks’ 3-3 goal survives goalie interference review

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    When the Nashville Predators went up 3-1 in the third period, it seemed like they might finally put the Anaheim Ducks away in Game 6. The Ducks quickly responded with “Not yet.”

    Two minutes after that 3-1 goal, Chris Wagner kept Anaheim’s hopes alive with a surprising tally. Corey Perry then bumped Pekka Rinne, but he was able to reset before Cam Fowler scored the 3-3 goal 8:52 into the final frame (of regulation).

    In less than six minutes of game time, the tone of the contest changed rapidly. Now we’ll see if either team can get the next tally in the remaining minutes of the third or if the Stanley Cup Playoffs will see yet another overtime contest.

    Here’s the Wagner goal:

    You can see the 3-3 goal in the video above. Hold onto your seats.

    Update: Moments after this was published, Colton Sissons‘ hat-trick goal made it 4-3. Could there be even more drama? We’ll see …

    Game 6 is airing on NBCSN. You can watch online and via the NBC Sports App. Click here for the livestream link.

    Coyotes’ Dylan Strome breaks Memorial Cup record with 7 points in game

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    Dylan Strome’s journey to becoming a full-timer at the NHL level might be a little bumpy, but he continues to distinguish himself at other levels.

    In the case of Monday, it was setting a new Memorial Cup record. With four goals and three assists, Strome’s seven-point game set a new record as he helped the Eerie Otters pummel the Saint John Sea Dogs 12-5.

    They’ll face the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday to determine which team goes to the tournament’s final round.

    The performance wasn’t lost on his brother Ryan Strome.

    Ducks dominate, but Predators enter third up 2-1

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    So far, it seems like Jonathan Bernier playing instead of John Gibson for the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 has indeed been a pretty big deal.

    Bernier allowed two goals on the first three shots he faced against to start Game 6, putting the Ducks in an early hole. The Ducks have been absolutely dominating the contest since then, but only Ondrej Kase could get a puck beyond Pekka Rinne through the first 40 minutes.

    Seriously, the play’s been lopsided. Nashville managed a few shots after this tweet, yet it still tells much of the story.