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Nashville Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The struggles of the Nashville Predators continued tonight as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks extracted a bit of revenge with a 7-2 beat down of the Predators. 

Struggles in net for Nashville continue as Pekka Rinne yielded 4 goals by the second period and was pulled for Juuse Saros who didn’t fare much better, giving up three goals before the night was done.

Rinne had gotten off to an 8-0-2 start to the season but has had trouble stopping shots since the recent road trip.  Saros hasn’t performed much better in what was expected to be a break-out season for him.

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Nashville Predators suffer 7-2 loss to Chicago Blackhawks (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the Detroit Red Wings 6-1

 

Nashville PredatorsDetroit, MI – The Nashville Predators totally dominated the Detroit Red Wings tonight, exploding for five goals in the second period, to get an important road win, 6-1.

The Red Wings have had Nashville’s number, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams, but tonight, the Predators were able to chase starting goalie Jimmy Howard with a flurry of goals in the second period.

Detroit got on the board first at 2:35 of the opening period when Andreas Althanasiou took a pass from Filip Hronek to beat Pekka Rinne on the short side for the early 1-0 lead.  As it turns out, that would be the only marker of the night for the Red Wings.

Nashville Predators Defeat Detroit Red Wings 6-1 (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators Defeat Detroit Red Wings 6-1 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators blow three goal lead to fall to the Calgary Flames 6-5

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators held a three goal lead after two periods of play, only to fall in overtime to the Calgary Flames, 6-5 in Nashville.  It was a stunned Smashville crowd that headed for the exits when Mathew Tkachuk slipped the game winner past Pekka Rinne as the buzzer sounded to end the extra period.

The Predators were in full command of this one right from the start.  Nick Bonino continued his scoring onslaught as he gave Nashville the early 1-0 lead, just 5:33 into the opening period.  The Bonino backhand slipped past David Rittich and that gave Bonino four goals in his last four shots, including the hat trick on Tuesday night against the Blackhawks.

Calgary Flames Mathew Tkachuk Scores The Game Winner Against The Nashville Predators In Nashville

Nashville, Tn-Calgary Flames’ Mathew Tkachuk Scores The Game Winner Against The Nashville Predators In Nashville. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – Nick Bonino scored a hat-trick and Pekka Rinne pitched his second shutout in a row, as the Nashville Predators defeated the flailing Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0.

The Predators fired 51 shots on goal tonight, compared to Chicago’s 20. The real star of the game should have been Chicago goalie Robin Lehner who ultimately stopped 48 shots on the night, but lost the game. 

His frustration showed throughout the night, but the Predators were relentless.

Nick Bonino scores a natural hat-trick against the Chicago Blackhawks for the 3-0 win in Nashville.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nick Bonino scores a natural hat-trick against the Chicago Blackhawks for the 3-0 win in Nashville.  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators win overtime thriller against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators almost let this one slip away tonight in Chicago, but Filip Forsberg saved the day with his overtime winner to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.

Nashville had led the entire game and looked poised to win the game when Artem Anisimov sent the game to overtime with the goal at 17:39 of the third period.

Pekka Rinne was superb in net, as always, keeping the Predators in the game, stopping 34 of 37 shots on goal.  The Predators had 31 shots on goal on the night.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period at United Center. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period at United Center. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Fall to Chicago Blackhawks 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN The Nashville Predators came out flat tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks and never really got their rhythm, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. 

Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg was magnificent in goal, stopping 42 shots on the night. Forsberg made 22 saves in the third period alone.  Chicago has won two straight with this win tonight.

Just 3 minutes into the contest, Chicago’s David Kampf opened the scoring with a wrister over the shoulder of starting Nashville goaltender, Juuse Saros and the Blackhawks held a 1-0 lead.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-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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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators On The Verge, Fans Off The Charts

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators hockey team is on the verge of winning the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and Predator’s fans have TOTALLY lost it!

In a REALLY exciting way!

As a season ticket holder, I’ve endured the good and the bad from this team.  As I’ve previously posted, this team looks unbeatable at times, and others, they look like they’re just treading water.  During this round of playoff hockey, they look invincible.

Nashville Predators Fans

Nashville Predators Fans

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Sweep Chicago Blackhawks, Now What?

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have done something that nobody could have ever predicted.  The eighth seeded Preds have won four games in a row over the Stanley Cup Champions, and #1 seed, Chicago Blackhawks.  It’s called a SWEEP!

Not one single hockey writer, broadcaster, play-by-play guy, producer, coach, player or even the equipment guy could have ever predicted that the Nashville Predators would sweep their series against Chicago.  

Nashville Predators players celebrate in the closing seconds of a win against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-1 to eliminate the Blackhawks. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators players celebrate in the closing seconds of a win against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-1 to eliminate the Blackhawks. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Poised for Epic Night

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators lead the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in their Stanley Cup playoff series, and come Thursday night, history could be made in Smashville.  

Could a mid-market NHL franchise actually “sweep” the legendary Blackhawks?  Stanley Cup Champions?

Yes.

Games one and two had been dominated by Predator’s goalie, Pekka Rinne.  In a history making performance, Rinne held the Blackhawks scoreless in both games, as the Predators took both games.

Nashville Predators will look to sweep Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators will look to sweep Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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