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Nashville Predators season ends with loss to Winnipeg Jets 5-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators saw their season come to an end tonight with a game seven loss to the Winnipeg Jets, 5-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after the Predators found themselves down, 2-0.  He made five saves before his exit.  Juuse Saros replaced him in net and had 14 saves on the night.

Nothing was working for Nashville tonight, even though they had a fired up. sold out Bridgestone Arena crowd on hand, they just couldn’t score.  Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves in net for the Jets.

Nashville Predators players waive their sticks to the crowd after a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in game seven of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators players waive their sticks to the crowd after a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in game seven of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 4-0 to force a game 7 in Nashville

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators manhandled the Winnipeg Jets tonight with a 4-0 shutout victory in front of a sold out “white out” crowd in Winnipeg. 

The win forces a game 7 in Nashville on Thursday night.

The Nashville penalty kill was superb against the Jets, and it had to be since there was only one penalty called against the Jets all night.  The Predators fought off six minutes of penalties in the first period alone.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Winnipeg Jets 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will have to go back to Winnipeg and win a road game to stay alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after being schooled at home by the Jets tonight, 6-2.

While the hockey “experts” continue to second guess head coach Peter Laviolette’s strategy for game five tonight, Winnipeg put on a clinic on how to attack the net and keep the pressure on Predators’ goalie, Pekka RInne.  Rinne was pulled in the third period.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Paul Stastny scored at 7:44 of the second period after a Patrik Laine shot was blocked by Rinne but the rebound fell at the feet of Stastny who scored, giving the Jets the early 1-0 lead. 

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators blow 3 goal lead to fall to the Winnipeg Jets 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators got off to a hot start in their game three series against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring three goals in the first period and looking unstoppable.

Nashville got goals from Mike Fisher, P K Subban and Filip Forsberg to stake the three goal lead. 

That would change in the second period. 

Winnipeg came out of the locker room determined to not disappoint their raucous fans at the Bell MTS Place.

 Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in Double Overtime

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – In a game that went back and forth all night, the Nashville Predators showed they had the grit and determination to win this very important round 2 contest against the Winnipeg Jets, getting the winning goal in the second overtime.

Kevin Fiala would be the hero of tonight’s game, scoring the game winner at 5:37 of the second overtime.  Preds win, 5-4.

Nashville desperately needed this win tonight so as to not go to Winnipeg two down in their series.  After losing the first game at home it was imperative that the Predators come back with a strong win tonight.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators never seemed to get on track against the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at Bridgestone Arena as the Jets take game one of their second round series against the Predators, 4-1.

The series that the “experts” say could determine who represents the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals has Nashville down by a game.

Brandon Tanev put Winnipeg on the scoreboard at 14:51 of the first period with a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) scores against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) scores against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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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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