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Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got a big win tonight as they head into the NHL All-Star break, over the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was absolutely superb in net, keeping his team in the game, until Craig Smith could score the game winner in the third period. 

This was a much needed victory for Nashville who desperately needs points to have any chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators got off to a blistering start in the first period, dominating the Sabres and out-shooting them at one point, 12-0, but it was Buffalo that drew first blood at18:58 when Sam Reinhart grabbed a cross-ice feed from Rasmus Dahlin and netting the opening goal for the early 1-0 Buffalo lead.

Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Edmonton Oilers 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsEdmonton Alberta, Canada – The Nashville Predators lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of their brief tour of Canada tonight, 4-2. 

The Predators are chasing points in their quest to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and desperately needed a win against their conference rivals tonight.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton on the board first with a quick wrist shot following the face off in their offensive zone for the early marker and the 1-0 lead.  The score was at 9:01 of the opening period.

Nashville Predators fall to the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators got a breakthrough win tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2.  It was the first win for new head coach John Hynes.

The highlight of the night came in the final seconds of the game when Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne scored his first EVER goal from his own net. 

The Predators started strong against Chicago, dominating the first period and taking a 3-0 lead after the opening frame.  Goals from Viktor Arvidsson at 3:16, Colin Blackwell at 8:22, and Matt Duchene at 16:55 proved to be a dominating period.

Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators in a free fall with loss to the Boston Bruins 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – In their first game under new head coach John Hynes, the Nashville Predators fell hard to the visiting Boston Bruins, 6-2. 

It’s been a whirlwind of activity over the last 48 hours with the dismissal of Peter Laviolette and the hiring of Hynes, hoping to spark a Nashville team that has now lost four of their last five games.

Boston picks up their first win in four games with the victory.

The Bruins were all over the Predators from the start.  Brad Marchand and Viktor Arvidsson were sent to the box just 14 seconds into the game when Marchand cross-checked Arvidsson, who was then called for embellishment. 

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Nashville Predators fall to the Boston Bruins 6-2  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the L.A. Kings 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsLos Angeles, CA – The Nashville Predators finally found their way into the win column last night with a convincing win over the L.A. Kings, 4-1.

With a depleted line-up, the injury plagued Predators played a team game and stopped their three game losing streak. 

This is the first of a back-to-back series in Southern California with the Anaheim Ducks on tap this afternoon at 2:00pm.

Rocco Grimaldi got things started for Nashville at 10:21 of the opening period when his wrist shot beat Jack Campbell in net for the 1-0 lead.  Rocco grabbed his own rebound to net the early marker.

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Nashville Predators defeat the L.A. Kings 5-1  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins in controversial finish 6-4

 

Nashville PredatorsPittsburgh, PA – The Nashville Predators dropped the second game of a two game series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-4, after a controversial late game penalty against the Predators.

Nashville had dug themselves out of an early deficit to tie the game at 4-4, but with less than two minutes remaining, Austin Watson was called for goalie interference after being knocked into Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray. 

The ensuing power play was all the Penguins needed to seal the game as Jake Guentzel stuffed the winning goal past Pekka Rinne.  An empty netter by Bryan Rust gave us the final score, 6-4.

Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators showed the affects of the Christmas break tonight, as they were completely outplayed by the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2. 

Pekka Rinne started in net for Nashville, but was chased from the game with a little over five minutes remaining in the opening frame. 

This is the first of a back-to-back series with the Pens, as the two teams will travel to Pittsburgh for tomorrow night’s game.

Dominik Simon got things started for Pittsburgh at 2:17 of the first period firing a shot that beat Rinne between the legs and the Pens took the lead, 1-0.

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Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators hold on for home win against the Arizona Coyotes 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators stormed out of the gate against the Arizona Coyotes tonight, taking a 2-0 lead, but had to hang on for the win, 3-2.

Predators Captain, Roman Josi and netminder, Pekka Rinne, put on quite the show tonight to lead their team to the victory.  Josi with the winning goal and Rinne standing tall in net to help their team to the win.

In a game with only three penalties, it was fast and furious hockey.  Nashville dominated play through the first two periods, out-shooting their opponent, 35-20.  The Predators out-shot the Coyotes 22-5 in the first period alone.

Nashville Predators defeat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators end road trip with win over the Boston Bruins 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsBoston, MA – The Nashville Predators completed their four game road trip with a huge win over the Boston Bruins tonight, 4-3.  Nashville picks up seven points out of a possible eight with tonight’s win.

Pekka Rinne started in goal for the Predators while the Bruins sent Jaroslav Halak to the net ahead of Tuukka Rask.

After a scoreless first period where Boston was relentless on offense, the second period saw the Bruins get on the board first at 7:30 when Par Lindholm was credited with the goal that bounced in after he rolled into the net.

Nashville Predators defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the New York Islanders 8-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNew York, NY – The Nashville Predators sweep their back-to-back series tonight with a convincing win over the New York Islanders, 8-3.  Head coach Peter Laviolette juggled his lines tonight and may have found the magic his team has been missing so far this year.

Nashville played two nights of convincing hockey with wins over the Rangers, and tonight, the Islanders. Scoring was NOT the issue tonight.

Craig Smith got things started when he gave the Predators the 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the opening frame on a wrist shot that beat starting goaltender Thomas Greiss.  Greiss wouldn’t finish the game in net.

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Nashville Predators dismantle the New York Islanders 8-3 (Michael Strasinger)

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