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Nashville Predators Dominate San Jose Sharks 7-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN –  Pekka Rinne scores his 300th career victory tonight, as the Nashville Predators absolutely dominate the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena, 7-1. 

The elite NHL goaltender was brought to tears during a post-game interview reflecting on his accomplishment in front of his hometown crowd tonight.  Pekka Rinne has been one of the most popular players in Predators history and he showed his love for his fans tonight. 

The Predators were relentless against the Sharks who had won five of their last six games before entering “Smashville” to face the defending Western Conference Champions.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is awarded the first star of the game after recording his 300th career win with a win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is awarded the first star of the game after recording his 300th career win with a win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators hang on to defeat Detroit Red Wings 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators stormed out to an early 2-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings tonight, only to have to hang on for a 3-2 win on the road.  The win avenges a 3-1 loss this past Saturday night in Nashville to these Red Wings.

Scott Hartnell got the Predators on the board first at 4:18 of the first period with his tip in at the net of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.  Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi assisted on the goal.

Kyle Turris gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 9:35 of the first period with his wrist shot, assisted by Josi and Craig Smith.  Nashville looked to be off to the races with the early 2-0 lead, but Detroit would come storming back.

 Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) dumps the puck into the zone during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) dumps the puck into the zone during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators unleash power play for victory over Ottawa Senators 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators broke their two game losing streak with a vengeance tonight, unleashing their power-play against the Ottawa Senators with a 5-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena. 

Following two straight losses and unable to score on the power play, the Predators finally regained their aggressive style of play and were able to capitalize on the power play for the impressive win in front of a President’s Day, sold out crowd in Nashville.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) takes a shot on goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. ( Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) takes a shot on goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. ( Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators flat in loss to Detroit Red Wings 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped their second game in a row with a flat performance against the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 in Nashville.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek was solid in net for the Red Wings with 31 saves on the night, fighting off every offensive attack from the Predators.

Luke Witkowski scored his first NHL goal at 4:12 of the first period to give the Wings the early lead, 1-0.  Witkowski broke free of the Predators’ defense and beat Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros on a back hand shot.

Gustav Nyquist made it 2-0 at 10:54 of the period with his redirection of a Nick Jensen shot, and suddenly, Detroit had the momentum and the two goal lead.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks the shot of Detroit Red Wings left wing Andreas Athanasiou (72) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks the shot of Detroit Red Wings left wing Andreas Athanasiou (72) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators’ comeback falls short to Calgary Flames 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators have been living on the edge of late and tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames was no exception. 

After taking a 2-1 lead, Nashville found itself trailing 4-3 in the third period, but was unable to draw even as time ran out, losing a rare home contest to the Flames. 

The loss ended Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s point streak at 10-0-1.

Ryan Johansen started the scoring for the Predators at 13:45 of the first period tapping in a rebound for the 1-0 lead. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin (25) checks Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) in front of the Nashville Predators net during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin (25) checks Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) in front of the Nashville Predators net during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat St. Louis Blues with incredible comeback 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators are getting used to winning thrilling overtime games, but tonight in Nashville, the Predators pulled off one of the most spectacular wins in team history.  Filip Forsberg scored the game winner in overtime, on a penalty shot, to cap the comeback victory, 4-3.

The Predators entered the third period trailing the Blues 3-0, looking leg weary from their recent four game road trip, when suddenly the Blues were overwhelmed by the Predators comeback.

St. Louis looked to be cruising to victory after taking the 3-0 lead, with Jay Bouwmeester getting the scoring started for the Blues.  Netting the first goal of the game, Bouwmeester took a pass from Patrik Berglund at 15:18 of the first period and St. Louis was off to the races.

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Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) scores on a short handed goal during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – Pekka Rinne blocked 47 shots, the second highest total in his illustrious career, and Ryan Ellis scored the game winner, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at the Bell Center.  Tonight’s win was the third overtime game of the four game road swing.   

Rinne showed why he should be in the conversation about “elite” NHL goaltenders, with tonight’s performance. Not only did he stonewall the Canadiens for the victory, but the Predator’s netminder stopped 10 shots in the overtime period alone.   Montreal netminder Carey Price, blocked 30 shots on the night.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

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Nashville Predators fall to Ottawa Senators 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped another overtime thriller, but managed to pick up a point tonight, falling to the Ottawa Senators 4-3.  P.K Subban scored twice, including the game tying goal with 4:18 remaining in regulation, to force the overtime. 

For the second night in a row, Nashville found itself coming from behind to earn the point.  They’ve now earned four out of six possible points on this road trip.  Filip Forsberg is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday after serving a three game suspension.   

P.K Subban opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the game when his shot deflected off Ottawa’s Cody Ceci and Nashville took the early lead, 1-0.   

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop overtime thriller to Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators had to fight from behind to force overtime with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to salvage a point, but fell to the Leafs in a shootout, 3-2.   

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen made 44 saves on the night and single handedly won the game for Toronto. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne saw his eight game win streak come to an end with the loss.

Toronto opened the scoring on a James Van Riemsdyk goal at 16:04 of the first period when he scored on a “one timer” that deflected off of Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin. Connor Brown provided the assist for Van Riemsdyk. 

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) goes to shoot the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) goes to shoot the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win thriller against New York Islanders 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators won an overtime thriller to begin their four game road trip tonight, against the New York Islanders, 5-4.  Ryan Johansen tied the game with just under one minute in regulation, then THE captain, Roman Josi scored the game winner to earn the Predators the two points. 

In what can only be described as one of the most exciting comebacks in Nashville Predators history, Nashville gets the win in a battle of goaltenders as Pekka Rinne and New York’s Jaroslav Halak put on a clinic.

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

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