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Nashville Predators defeat Colorado Avalanche 5-0, advance to second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO – The Nashville Predators advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a convincing win over the pesky Colorado Avalanche, 5-0.  The victory sets up a premier showdown with the Winnipeg Jets, who experts are calling the series to watch. 

Nashville came out storming against the Avs early and often in this game.  Mattias Ekholm lit the lamp first for the Predators at 7:02 of the first period when his snapshot beat Andrew Hammond for the early 1-0 lead.

Austin Watson made it 2-0 at 10:19 of the first with a wicked wrister after an assist from Colton Sissons and Nick Bonino.  The line of Watson, Sissons and Bonino was the highlight of the lineup in this game tonight.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) and Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) get tied up with each other in the first period in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) and Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) get tied up with each other in the first period in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Colorado Avalanche 3-2 can clinch series on Friday in Nashville

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO – The Nashville Predators took care of business in the mile high city tonight with a clutch comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.  That sends the series back to Nashville where the Predators can clinch the series with a win.

Horrible officiating dominated this contest tonight, putting Nashville in several penalty situations that didn’t appear to be called against the Avs, frustrating both players and coaches on the Nashville bench.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) reacts after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) reacts after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Colorado Avalanche 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO – The Nashville Predators dug themselves into a deep hole early in this game and were unable to recover as the Colorado Avalanche cut the series lead down to 2-1 with a 5-3 victory tonight at the Pepsi Center.    

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled in the second period after the Avs scored four goals on fifteen shots to take a commanding lead. Juuse Saros finished the game and held the Avs to one goal. 

Colorado jumped all over the Predators from the start and combined with the slow start the Predators have been notorious for, it didn’t bode well for the Preds.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates his goal with Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) and center Nick Bonino (13) and defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche of game three of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates his goal with Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) and center Nick Bonino (13) and defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche of game three of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators take commanding 2-0 lead with win over Colorado Avalanche 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will take flight to the high altitudes of Colorado with a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning today, 5-4.

The Predators scored by committee as five different players hit the scoreboard, but they still had to come from behind for the victory. 

Colorado struck first, as they did in game one, when former Predator Gabriel Bourque found the back of the Nashville net just 2:34 into the game and Colorado took the early lead, 1-0.

Apr 14, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) jumps to screen Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 14, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) jumps to screen Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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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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