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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 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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Nashville Predators drop third straight in 5-4 loss to Winnipeg Jets

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators managed to salvage a point in their 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets tonight, as Mark Scheifele scored the game winner, beating Juuse Saros for the Predators. 

The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Jets.

In one of the most exciting games of their five game series, the teams traded punches all night, and the lead. 

Roman Josi got the Predators started at 10:09 of the first period on a slap shot that beat Jets goalie, Connor Hellebuyck for the 1-0 early Nashville lead.  Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson assisted on the score.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) checks Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) checks Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Arizona Coyotes 3-2 Rinne nets 10th straight win

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators began a four game road trip with a come from behind win over the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2.  The win marks the 10th win in a row for Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne.

The Predators have had trouble with Arizona, with an 0-2-2 record against the team in the desert, but pulled out the win, twice coming from behind. 

Christian Dvorak got things started for Arizona at 4:09 of the second period with a wrist shot that beat Rinne, whose vision was blocked on the play. The Coyotes took the early lead, 1-0.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators defeated their closest rivals in the Central Division of the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1 at the sold-out Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight.

The Predators chased starting Winnipeg goalie, Michael Hutchinson just ten minutes into the contest, after scoring three quick goals, two of the shorthanded. 

It was reported that Hutchinson was put in concussion protocol for the remainder of the game.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) watches as left wing Austin Watson (51) hits the puck out of the crease during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) watches as left wing Austin Watson (51) hits the puck out of the crease during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-2 extend win streak to 10

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators extended their franchise record win streak to 10 in a row with a hard fought win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks, 4-2 tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

In front of another sold out Smashville home crowd and the NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the Predators fought off a furious Anaheim third period assault to clinch the victory.

Craig Smith got Nashville on the board first at 5:26 of the first period, with his wrist shot that beat Anaheim goalie John Gibson for the early 1-0 lead.  Smith was assisted by Kyle Turris and Ryan Hartman on the score.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Colorado Avalanche 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3, sweeping their four game road trip and tieing the team’s record for consecutive wins at 8.

Ryan Ellis tied the game at 3-3 with just over one minute remaining in regulation, then Filip Forsberg scored the game winner in overtime to give Nashville the victory.

The Predators scored first at 3:09 of the first period when Austin Watson netted a wrist shot for the 1-0 lead.  Watson was assisted by Colton Sissons and Mattias Ekholm on the play.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) chases down Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) chases down Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3 as Mike Fisher scores in his return

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn– The Nashville Predators keep using this same formula while winning on the road.  Get behind early, then make a fantastic comeback to win the game, 4-3.

The Predators played that script to perfection tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, but tonight their secret weapon was Mike Fisher.  Fisher made his return to the lineup after signing a 1 million dollar contract to return to the team, after briefly retiring after last season.

His impact was felt throughout, as he scored the first goal of the night for Nashville.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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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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