PHT Morning Skate: NHL preseason games in China are ‘the biggest deal’ for local fans

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–The Pittsburgh Penguins built up a 3-0 lead against Nashville, but they watched it evaporate in the third period. Despite going more than 37 minutes without a shot on goal, the Pens still managed to come away with a win. Check out the highlights from Game 1 by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–The NHL will be playing two preseason games in China next fall, as the Canucks and Kings will faceoff twice in Shanghai and Beijing. Even though those games are still four months away, the fans in China couldn’t be more excited to attend these contests. “There are a lot of fans of the NHL that want to see games. They want to see the players. They want to take pictures with the players.” (NHL.com)

–Here’s a story you probably didn’t expect to see today. Nello Ferrara was the heir to a candy empire, but he decided he wanted a career in pro hockey instead. The problem, was that he wasn’t very talented. But through a few sneaky tricks and a strong desire to succeed, he carved out an 11-year career in the pro ranks. (New York Times)

–The Score breaks down the good, bad and ugly from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Nashville may have lost the game, but their defense got plenty of credit for not allowing a shot for over 37 minutes. The offside review on the P.K. Subban goal fell into the bad category. (The Score)

–Predators GM David Poile looked back on some of the huge trades that helped get his team to the final. Believe it or not, if Montreal and Nashville weren’t seated next to each other at last year’s GM meetings, the P.K. Subban for Shea Weber swap may not have happened. (Sportsnet)

The Philadelphia Flyers own the second overall pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft, which means they’ll get to select either Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier. According to CSN Philly’s Tom Dougherty would rather have Patrick because he’s a safer prospect. (CSN Philly)

Pekka Rinne might be one of the biggest reasons the Predators are in the Stanley Cup Final, but he’s also one of the reasons why they dropped Game 1 to Pittsburgh. Check out these numbers: