Preds oust Ducks in 6 games, reach first Stan­ley Cup fi­nal

Sis­sons is Nashville’s big­gest hero, count­ing a hat trick

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TERESA M. WALKER

Colton Sis­sons scored his third goal of the game with 6:00 left, en­sur­ing the Nashville Preda­tors’ mag­i­cal post-sea­son now in­cludes the fran­chise’s first trip to the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal af­ter elim­i­nat­ing the Ana­heim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 of the Na­tional Hockey League’s Western Con­fer­ence fi­nal Mon­day night.

The Preda­tors, who’ve never won even a di­vi­sion ti­tle in their 19year his­tory, came in with the fewest points of any team in th­ese play­offs. Now they’ve swept the West’s No. 1 seed in Chicago, downed St. Louis in six in the sec­ond round and then the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion champ in six games.

Peter Lavi­o­lette be­came the fourth coach to take three dif­fer­ent teams to the Fi­nal, and the first since the play­offs split into con­fer­ence play in 1994.

The Preda­tors will play ei­ther de­fend­ing cham­pion Pitts­burgh or Ot­tawa for the Stan­ley Cup. Game 1 is Mon­day.

Ana­heim lost in the con­fer­ence fi­nals for the sec­ond time in three years.

FREDERICK BREEDON, GETTY IMAGES

Austin Wat­son of the Preda­tors cel­e­brates his goal against the Ana­heim Ducks with team­mates in the first pe­riod. Nashville won the game, 6-3.

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