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Nashville Predators take game one with win over Colorado Avalanche 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators overcame a sluggish first period against the Colorado Avalanche, but kicked in the afterburners midway through the second period to defeat the Avs, 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

In game one of their opening round Stanley Cup series, Nashville knew that Colorado was fast and talented, but as all teams try to do against Nashville, a quick start and a quick strike is what they aim for.

But Nashville has Filip Forsberg.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) allows a goal to Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) allows a goal to Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: The Second Season

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin today.  It’s called “The Second Season.” 

For the Nashville Predators and their rabid fans, our quest for the Cup begins Thursday night, in Smashville. It’s an EPIC time of the year for the NHL.  For Nashville Predators fans, it’s OFF THE CHARTS!

Nashville Predators fans wave cell phones and sing the Beatles \"Let It Be\" as referees review a goal late in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators fans wave cell phones and sing the Beatles \”Let It Be\” as referees review a goal late in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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City of Clarksville’s Nashville Predators Viewing Parties begin Thursday, April 12th

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Local Predators fans are invited to join their friends and neighbors at a giant community viewing party to cheer on goalie Pekka Rinne, captain Roman Josi and the amazing Nashville Predators as they begin the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and their quest for the NHL Championship.

The City of Clarksville will host a free Predators viewing party for Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park. Round 1 viewing parties also are scheduled for Game 3, Monday, April 16th; and Game 4, Wednesday, April 18th; all starting at 7:00pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at one of last year's Nashville Predators Viewing Party.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at one of last year’s Nashville Predators Viewing Party.

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Nashville Predators end regular season with win over Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to make history as the Central Division/Western Conference regular season champions ended their season with a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.  In front of their 102nd sell out Bridgestone Arena crowd, the boys didn’t disappoint.

Each fan who attended the game was given a Predators visor, and after Filip Forsberg recorded his hat trick, the ice was filled with visors.  Preds radio announcer Pete Weber called it a “visor” trick, instead of the hat trick as it’s known.

(From left to right) Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defenseman Roman Josi (59) defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) and left wing Filip Forsberg (9) pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the Nashville Predators are awarded the Presidents' Trophy before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

(From left to right) Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defenseman Roman Josi (59) defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) and left wing Filip Forsberg (9) pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the Nashville Predators are awarded the Presidents’ Trophy before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

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Nashville Predators win Central Division and Western Conference title with win over Washington Capitals 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators set several franchise records tonight with a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals. 

First, they clinched the Central Division and the regular-season Western Conference titles, their first in franchise history. 

Nashville also scored their 52nd victory of the season which breaks the old mark of 51 wins back in the 2006-2007 season.

The win, combined with a Boston Bruin loss, clinched the Presidents Trophy for the NHL team with the best record.  With one game remaining, Nashville has 115 points.

 Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. The Predators won 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. The Predators won 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators lose controversial game to Florida Panthers after video review 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators thought they had tied their game with the Florida Panthers tonight, with .05 seconds remaining, when after a video review from Toronto, it was determined that they were guilty of goaltender interference, and the game tying goal from Filip Forsberg was waved off. 

Controversy ensued.  It was a HORRIBLE call by the NHL. 

The Predators had the opportunity to clinch the Central Division of the Western Conference with a three point lead over the Winnipeg Jets who were victorious over the Montreal Canadiens.

Apr 3, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; Nashville Predators react as the game tying goal was disallowed with one second left in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 3, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; Nashville Predators react as the game tying goal was disallowed with one second left in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.  Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from last night’s loss to Buffalo with an impressive win against the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon, 4-1. 

Filip Forsberg led the way with two goals and an assist on the night, and Juuse Saros had 29 saves in net.

Nashville completed their last “back-to-back” series with today’s win, and moves closer to securing first place in the Central Division.   

Ryan Johansen started the scoring for the Predators at 7:50 of the first period with a wicked wrist shot that beat Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy for the 1-0 lead.  Filip Forsberg had the assist.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Buffalo Sabres 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena tonight, 7-4.  To say this was an embarrassing loss would be an understatement.

Nashville still leads the central division of the Western Conference, but only by five points over Winnipeg, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart tipped his hat to the Predators with his hat trick, while Jack Eichel had a career high five assists. 

This was a game that the Predators want to quickly forget.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat San Jose Sharks 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – They don’t get any easier at this stage of the NHL season, but the Nashville Predators, behind goalie Juuse Saros, gutted out the win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena, 5-3 tonight. 

The win prevents the Sharks from clinching a playoff spot. 

Back up goalie Juuse Saros, who started in place of Pekka Rinne, put on a clinic in goal with 39 saves. 

The win gives Nashville 111 points on the season as their quest for the President’s Trophy continues.  Players and coaches have made no secret that they want that trophy and with it, home ice for the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators break losing streak in shootout win over the Minnesota Wild 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators ended their brief three game losing streak in the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena tonight with a hard earned shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, 2-1.

With the win, Nashville extends their NHL points lead to 109 points.  

The Predators were anxious to break the streak they were on and to avenge the loss on Saturday night to Minnesota, 4-1.

Roman Josi got the Predators off to an early 1-0 lead at 2:51 of the first period.  It was a one-timer off the faceoff that blistered past Minnesota goalie, Devan Dubnyk. 

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores in the shootout against Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores in the shootout against Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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