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My Two Cents: What a Wild Ride with the Nashville Predators

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – Well it’s over.  The true “Cinderella” of the National Hockey League, our Nashville Predators, have bowed out.  Losing last night 2-0, the Penguins win the series and hoist Lord Stanley’s cup for the second year in a row.

I was there, and I didn’t like it one bit.

Honestly, I’m so exhausted I can barely hold my head up.  This playoff series, while exciting as hell, has taken me physically, mentally and financially.  I was ready for this to be over a couple of weeks ago. 

I’m going to try and put all of this in perspective as best I can, without mentioning the officiating.  I’ll leave that for another column.

Nashville Predators left wing James Neal (18) and center Mike Fisher (12) react after an empty net goal by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (not pictured) in the third period in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing James Neal (18) and center Mike Fisher (12) react after an empty net goal by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (not pictured) in the third period in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

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City of Clarksville adds Sponsors, Giveaways to Nashville Predators Parties

 

City of Clarksville’s Game 5 & 6 events will be at Wilma Rudolph Center

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Sponsors are joining with the City of Clarksville to make its series of Predators Stanley Cup Finals viewing parties at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center bigger and better and more fun for the entire family.

The City plans viewing events starting at 4:30pm. Thursday and Sunday in Liberty Park, with a new twist: Organized pregame activities for families on the amphitheater lawn outside the events center.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is congratulated by teammates after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in game four of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is congratulated by teammates after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in game four of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

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City of Clarksville adds Family Activities to Nashville Predator viewing parties

 

Nashville Predators Game 5 & 6 events will be at Wilma Rudolph Center

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville will continue its series of Predators Stanley Cup Finals viewing parties Thursday and Sunday at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center in Liberty Park.

A new twist will be added, with organized pregame activities for families on the amphitheater lawn outside the events center.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at the City's Nashville Predators viewing party.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at the City’s Nashville Predators viewing party.

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Even The Series With Pittsburgh 4-1

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators returned from Pittsburgh down 1-2 to the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins and all the talk was about how Pekke Rinne just wasn’t on his game.  That he should have made some saves that he didn’t. Even the so called “experts” agreed that Pekke just wasn’t the same goalie we had seen before.

Well guess what?  The Pekke Rinne I’ve been watching in Nashville looks to be unbeatable.  With the exception of the Sydney Crosby breakaway goal, the only score by Pittsburgh on the night, Pekke made superhuman saves tonight and looked to back on his most stellar form.  

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in game four of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in game four of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Score Big

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators returned home needing to win game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and win they did. The 5-1 beat down of the Penguins gets the Predators back into this contest headed to game 4. 

Once the NBC networks got over their infatuation with the CATFISH, it was time to focus on the task at hand.

Rumors that Pekke Rinne was not going to start game three in goal circulated throughout the afternoon and it was minutes before puck drop when we learned that he indeed WOULD be in goal. 

Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period in game three of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period in game three of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

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City of Clarksville to hold 2nd Nashville Predators Viewing Party this Saturday

 

Street event near Clarksville City Hall set for Saturday, June 3rd

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville announced plans for an even bigger and better Predators Viewing Party for Saturday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After more than 800 fans turned out for a successful Game 2 party Wednesday night, the City announced Thursday it will add more space for seating, more vendors and more screens for Saturday’s viewing party.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at Wednesday's Nashville Predators Viewing Party for Game 2.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan at Wednesday’s Nashville Predators Viewing Party for Game 2.

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Buzz builds for City of Clarksville’s Nashville Predators viewing party

 

Big screen, food trucks set stage for tonight’s game

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Food and beverage trucks and a 17-by-30 foot screen will greet hockey fans who gather downtown for the City of Clarksville’s Predators viewing party tonight near City Hall.

The Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department and CDE Lightband will stream Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to the huge screen on the First Street side of City Hall.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) stops the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) stops the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Win Western Conference Championship

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – It was an amazing night to be at the Bridgestone Arena tonight as the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 6-3, to win the Western Conference Championship.  The Predators now await the winner of the Pittsburgh/Ottawa series to see who they will play.  

THIS IS FOR LORD STANLEY’S CUP!  THE MOST REVERED TROPHY IN ALL OF SPORTS!

The arena was sold out.  The grounds surrounding the Bridgestone Arena were packed with, by some estimates, 5,000-10,000 fans watching the game on the big screens that were placed all around the arena.

The Nashville Predators celebrate after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nashville Predators celebrate after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Continue Historic Stanley Cup Run

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – They say the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to hoist.  Well, if you’re a Predators fan, you know this all too well.  We’re not there yet, but what a battle it’s been. 

This amazing team has rolled through Chicago and St. Louis and has taken the best shots that Anaheim has thrown at them.  Anaheim has turned this series into a gutter brawl.  Cheap shots, low blows and hits AFTER the whistle, but,  WE’RE STILL STANDING!  In fact, we lead the series, 3-2.   

Nashville Predators celebrate the victory against the Anaheim Ducks followng game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators celebrate the victory against the Anaheim Ducks followng game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Make History, Destiny to be Determined

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – Well, now they’ve gone and done it.  Those Nashville Predators have won their second round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.  They’ve done forged themselves into the record books, and will play for the Western Conference Championship against a yet to be determined opponent.

I don’t know if Predators fans can take it up another notch, but if there was a fan base that’s willing to say, “hey, hold my beer, and watch this” it’s Nashville. 

I’ve said all along that being at the Bridgestone Arena during a hockey game is the most earth shattering experience and I’ve seen AC/DC, Ted Nugent, and Cheap Trick in concert and by God, those were LOUD!

Nashville Predators fans celebrate as they leave Bridgestone Arena following a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in game six of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators fans celebrate as they leave Bridgestone Arena following a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in game six of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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