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National Hockey League pauses season due to Coronavirus

 

National Hockey LeagueNew York, NY – National Hockey League (NFL) Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 released the following statement regarding the 2019-20 NHL season:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures.”

NHL hopes to 'resume play as soon as it is appropriate'.

NHL hopes to ‘resume play as soon as it is appropriate’.

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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadians 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsMontreal, Quebec – The Nashville Predators have found themselves back in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a big win tonight over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2.

Facing their former captain, Shea Weber, Nashville used an explosive second period to grab the win, but then had to fend off a furious Canadians attack in the third period for the win.

Led by Filip Forsberg, who continues his hot play, the Predators would take a 4-0 lead after period two.  Forsberg had two goals and an assist on the night.  

Nashville Predators move into a wild-card spot with tonight's win over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators move into a wild-card spot with tonight’s win over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Dallas Stars 2-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got a much needed win tonight against the visiting Dallas Stars, 2-0.  The slumping Predators needed the two points in their quest to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Filip Forsberg finally broke through from his scoring drought with the first goal of the night, and the eventual game winner.  At 19:07 of the opening frame, Forsberg ripped a wrist shot from inside the circle that deflected off of Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin for the 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators defeat the Dallas Stars 2-0. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Dallas Stars 2-0. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators continue to struggle with third loss in a row to the Minnesota Wild 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The struggles for the Nashville Predators continue with their third loss in a row tonight at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.

Nashville just couldn’t stay out of the penalty box tonight with 14 minutes of penalty time, putting pressure on their penalty kill and losing scoring opportunities by being at a disadvantage.

The Predators found themselves in a similar situation as last night, going two goals down in the first period.  Luke Kunin scored on his own rebound at 4:07 of the opening period with a wrist shot that gave Minnesota the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators drop third game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 3-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators drop third game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 3-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators destroyed by the Edmonton Oilers 8-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators hosted the Edmonton Oilers tonight and for the first fifty minutes, it was a back and forth affair. 

The Predators fought back from a two goal deficit after the first period, then fought back from a one goal deficit and just when the game was tied 3-3 and you thought you were in for a wild finish, nobody expected what happened next.

Edmonton went on a five goal onslaught against the Predators, chasing Pekka Rinne from the game and embarrassing the home team with a final score of 8-3.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros replaces Pekka Rinne as the Edmonton Oilers scored 5 goals within the first 10 minutes of the final period as the Oilers defeated Nashville 8-3. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros replaces Pekka Rinne as the Edmonton Oilers scored 5 goals within the first 10 minutes of the final period as the Oilers defeated Nashville 8-3. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators lose on controversial call to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators saw their winning streak come to an end tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, on a controversial call late in the game that would have tied the score, 2-2.

Nashville’s Colin Blackwell was called for goaltender interference with about three minutes remaining, after the Predators scored the game tying goal, and the goal was waved off by officials.

The replay showed that Blackwell was pushed into the goalie after the puck was in the back of the net, but the referees chose to wave off the goal and call the penalty on Blackwell. 

Nashville Predators fall to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators win epic battle over the Calgary Flames 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators fought back from the brink of death tonight to defeat the Calgary Flames in an absolute “barn burner,” 4-3.

Mikael Granlund was the hero tonight with two point, including the game tying and game winning goals, to defeat their conference rivals.  Both teams are battling for points to stay in the playoff race, and tonight was Nashville’s night.

Colton Sissons started the scoring for the Predators at 19:28 of the opening frame, taking a feed from Colin Blackwell and firing the “one timer” to beat David Rittich of the Flames for the 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros stopped 36 shots on goal to help the Predators take the over-time victory over the Calgary Flames, 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros stopped 36 shots on goal to help the Predators take the over-time victory over the Calgary Flames, 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators picked off the Ottawa Senators tonight at Bridgestone Arena and gathered up two valuable points in the process, 3-2.

Nashville, trying to fight their way into the wild card race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, used the power play to their advantage, and held off a decimated Senators squad for the win.

Ottawa drew first blood though in this one, as Thomas Chabot scored at 4:53 of the opening period, grabbing a loose puck from the circle and beat Juuse Saros in net for the Predators for the 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in shoot-out victory 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators hold on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shoot-out, 4-3.  Rocco Grimaldi scored the decisive goal in the 8th round of the shoot-out for the win.

The Predators were coming off of a tough loss last night in Chicago and blew an early two goal lead to hang on for the win.  Columbus fought a valiant fight, considering that half of their team is on injured reserve.

Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund gave the Predators a 2-0 lead after the first period, with Johansen scoring just 33 seconds into the contest, while Granlund extended the Nashville lead at 10:31.

Rocco Grimaldi scores the game winner for the Nashville Predators in the 8th round of their shoot-out victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  (Michael Strasinger)

Rocco Grimaldi scores the game winner for the Nashville Predators in the 8th round of their shoot-out victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks in over-time 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators fell to the Chicago Blackhawks tonight 2-1 with just 48 seconds remaining in over-time.  Alex Debrincat not only scored the game tying goal, but netted the game winner for the home team.

In a game where Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was at his best, Chicago was able to catch him in a vulnerable situation for the win.  Rinne stopped 36 shots on net for the night.

Nashville held the lead in this one for most of the night.  Mattia Ekholm ripped a wrist shot past Corey Crawford to give the Predators the early 1-0 lead at 14:56 of the second period. 

Nashville Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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