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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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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 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 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 have little trouble with the Buffalo Sabres with 4-0 win

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to roll through the opposition with a convincing win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight, 4-0. The win completes a sweep of their three game road trip, and Pekka Rinne wins his 11th straight in goal.  Nashville defeats their former assistant coach Phil Housley, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Sabres.

Buffalo started fast, controlling the offense to begin the affair, outshooting the Predators 13-10 in the opening frame.  Buffalo would outshoot Nashville on the night, 35-32.

The problem was, they couldn’t break through the leading candidate for the Vezina trophy, Pekka Rinne, who had 35 saves on the night and recorded another shut-out. 

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators clinch playoff berth with win over Colorado Avalanche 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 road win over the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg had two goals each to lead the Predators to the victory.  This is the fourth straight 20 goal season for Forsberg and the fourth straight playoff appearance for Nashville. 

Juuse Saros provided the backstop for Nashville tonight, stopping 33 shots on goal.

Sissons started the scoring for the Predators at 17:26 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the early 1-0 lead.  Sissons was assisted on the goal by P K Subban and Craig Smith.

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. ( Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. ( Ron Chenoy-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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