NHL Notebook: Schedule released for Stanley Cup Final

Stanley Cup Finals
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Zach Laing
22 days ago
The NHL released the schedule for the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, highlighting what will be a long battle between whichever teams make it through to the Conference Finals.
The series is slated to kick off on Saturday, June 8th with Game 2 of the series two days later. A two-day break will follow, with Games 3 and 4 taking place on June 13th and 15th, before another two-day gap ahead of Game 5.
Those two-day breaks will last through the remainder of the post-season, allowing for ample rest and travel time for the clubs looking to lift Lord Stanley’s Mug for the 104th time.
Here’s the full breakdown of the schedule:

Stanley Cup Final

New York Rangers/Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers/Dallas Stars
Saturday, June 81. TBD8 p.m. ET
Monday, June 102. TBD8 p.m. ET
Thursday, June 133. TBD8 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 154. TBD8 p.m. ET
*Tuesday, June 185. TBD8 p.m. ET
*Friday, June 216. TBD8 p.m. ET
*Monday, June 247. TBD8 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN, ESPN2, Sportsnet, CBC, ABC, TVA Sports. * if necessary

PWHL Minnesota wins inaugural Walter Cup

The first-ever Walter Cup has been handed out in the Professional Women’s Hockey League, with PWHL Minnesota hoisting the trophy.
It came Wednesday night, as the club defeated PWHL Boston 3-0 in Game 5 of their series.
Liz Schepers opened the scoring at the midway point of the second period, tipping home a Sydney Brodt shot, while Michela Cava made it 2-0 partway through the third. Then, in fitting fashion, PWHL Minnesota captain Kendall Coyne Schofield potted an empty-net goal to seal the victory.
On Thursday’s edition of Daily Faceoff LIVE, Frank Seravalli and Tyler Yaremchuk spoke about the success of the league’s first season:
Frank Seravalli: I’d say a smashing success. The fact that [the final] went to five games was huge. The viewership seemed to be really impressive. The ticket sales and impact they had, particularly across Canada I think was really strong. It needs to be better in the U.S. There’s still a lot of work to do in the U.S. to make it bigger and better, that’s also the exciting part, it depends on how you look at it, the opportunity is big. This was a great first step for a league that has tons of room to grow. Watching it, seeing it, I’m a big believer in where they’re heading.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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