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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 fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 in a Bridgestone Arena shoot-out, with Sidney Crosby proving to be the difference.

The Predators were pedaling uphill all night long chasing the game after a whirlwind start where they attacked the Pens in the opening frame of the contest.  Once again, the story of their season so far, they have no power play.

The two teams traded punches during the first period with plenty of opportunities for both teams, but both Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray stood tall in net for their respective teams to keep the game scoreless.

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Defeat The Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 In Shoot-Out

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got a bit of revenge Saturday night, when they defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4 in a shoot-out.

This was the Predator’s fourth win in a row after a successful road trip, and it was quite a debut for newly acquired Kyle Turris who scored a goal and had an assist in his Smashville debut.

The Predators still had a bad taste in their mouth after falling to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup final, and losing to the Pens earlier this year.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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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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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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APSU Governors Basketball rallies from behind to beat Youngstown State Penguins 88-86

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUYoungstown, OH – Travis Betran scored 24 points, including the go-ahead free throw, and Zavion Williams added 20, including the game-sealing jumper  with 15 seconds left, as Austin Peay State University rallied from a late six-point deficit to defeat Youngstown State, 88-86, Saturday night in the Beeghly Center.

APSU's Travis Betran helps Governors get win over Youngstown State Saturday night. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.

APSU’s Travis Betran helps Governors get win over Youngstown State Saturday night. Austin Peay Men’s Basketball.

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APSU Governors Basketball travel to Youngstown State for Saturday match

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay Governors travel to Youngstown State for a Saturday night match-up with the Penguins of the Horizon League, at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown Ohio.

Youngstown was a member of the Ohio Valley Conference from the 1981-82 season, through 1987-88, and the Govs have a 7-8 record against them. Saturday’s game is a return contest of the Sears BracketBuster Series.

Ausitn Peay Men's Basketball travels to Youngstown State. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

Ausitn Peay Men’s Basketball travels to Youngstown State. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

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Austin Peay Governors Baseball scores seven runs in two innings to pull away from the Youngstown Penguins 8-2

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Sophomore Ryan Quick allowed one run over six innings to lead Austin Peay State University’s baseball team to an 8-2 victory against Youngstown State, Friday night, in opening day action of the 2012 Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Hand Park.

The contest was a pitcher’s duel between Quick and Youngstown State starter Patrick O’Brein through four innings. Quick allowed four base runners and no runs while O’Brein allowed one run and six baserunners.

Sophomore Ryan Quick allowed one run over six innings to earn the win, Friday, as the Govs downed the Penguins, 8-2. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Sophomore Ryan Quick allowed one run over six innings to earn the win, Friday, as the Govs downed the Penguins, 8-2. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors Baseball hosts Riverview Classic this Weekend

 

Austin Peay Men’s Baseball hosting Riverview Inn Classic
Friday-Sunday, March 2nd-4th, 2012
Clarksville, TN | Stadium: Raymond C. Hand Park (777

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay Governors Baseball returns to action with a three-game homestand when it hosts the 2012 Riverview Inn Classic, Friday-Sunday, at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Govs will welcome Akron, Iowa and Youngstown State to the friendly confines for a three-day, six-game round-robin tournament.

Austin Peay is scheduled to play the 2:30pm contest each day with an 11:00am contest matching the tournament’s other two teams.

Austin Peay Men's Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men's Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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