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Nashville Predators fall to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were hoping to “kick start” the second half of their season tonight after their “bye” week but the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs had other ideas.

The Leafs took the game 5-2.

The Predators, who are in desperate need of some wins, came out with some reshuffled lines, but fell behind early on William Nylander’s goal at 4:13 of the opening period to take the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville came right back though at 4:53 when Mikael Granlund took a pass from Matt Duchene on the 3 on 1 break to score the equalizer past Frederik Anderson for the 1-1 score.

Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen squares off against Austin Mathews of the Maple Leafs during Toronto's 5-2 win at the Bridgestone Arena. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators’ Ryan Johansen squares off against Austin Mathews of the Maple Leafs during Toronto’s 5-2 win at the Bridgestone Arena. (Michael Strasinger)

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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 defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators had their way with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, pitching a shutout, 3-0.  Newly acquired forward Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal as a Predator and Pekka Rinne stood tall in net, as Nashville shutout the Leafs for the second time this season.

Brian Boyle got things started for Nashville at 4:47 of the first period when he and Craig Smith pulled off the classic “give and go” to perfection, ripping the puck past Toronto goalie, Frederik Andersen for the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville would take that lead into the first intermission.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) watches the puck behind Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) watches the puck behind Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSan Jose, CA – The Nashville Predators completed their final west coast swing tonight as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2.  Viktor Arvidsson scored to goals in the winning effort.

The Sharks present one of the hottest scoring teams in the NHL and the Predators knew they would have to keep them out of the net.  Juuse Saros started between the pipes tonight, giving Pekka Rinne a night off.

But keep your eyes on Colton Sissons who’s been playing great hockey of late.  Tonight he put his Predators on the board first at 1:07 of the opening period, snatching a juicy rebound in front of the net and the Predators had the early 2-0 lead.

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsLos Angeles, CA – Just what the doctor ordered.  A big win for the Nashville Predators. 

Tonight in Los Angeles, the Predators did what they needed to do with a 3-1 win over the lackluster Kings. Coming off  of two embarrassing performances of late, the Predators stepped up their energy throughout the game, firing 34 shots on goal and keeping LA goalie Jonathan Quick under fire for most of the night.

Viktor Arvidsson got things started for the Predators at 15:04 of the opening period when Nashville took off on an odd man rush after a Pekka Rinne save on the Nashville net. 

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) moves the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) moves the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsToronto, Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators continue to roll on this ambitious road trip, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0.  That gives the Predators five out of a possible six points in their last three games.  

Nashville used a stiff defense tonight and a brick wall in net, Pekka Rinne, to thwart the Leafs. 

After a scoreless first period, Mattias Ekholm got the Predators on the board at 4:08 of the second period, hammering a slap shot from the point and the power play goal gave Nashville the 1-0 lead.  Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala had the assists.  Fiala has 7 points in his last six games. 

 Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Buffalo Sabres 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena tonight, 7-4.  To say this was an embarrassing loss would be an understatement.

Nashville still leads the central division of the Western Conference, but only by five points over Winnipeg, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart tipped his hat to the Predators with his hat trick, while Jack Eichel had a career high five assists. 

This was a game that the Predators want to quickly forget.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop home contest against Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were flat tonight and the Toronto Maple Leafs took full advantage, defeating the Predators 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

Another sell-out crowd watched Auston Matthews and his team put an old fashioned whipping on the favored Predators, where Nashville had their fifteen game point streak end with the loss. 

The Predators are 14-1-1 over the last 16 games. They find themselves now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 106 points for the NHL lead.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Arizona Coyotes 3-2 Rinne nets 10th straight win

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators began a four game road trip with a come from behind win over the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2.  The win marks the 10th win in a row for Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne.

The Predators have had trouble with Arizona, with an 0-2-2 record against the team in the desert, but pulled out the win, twice coming from behind. 

Christian Dvorak got things started for Arizona at 4:09 of the second period with a wrist shot that beat Rinne, whose vision was blocked on the play. The Coyotes took the early lead, 1-0.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop overtime thriller to Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators had to fight from behind to force overtime with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to salvage a point, but fell to the Leafs in a shootout, 3-2.   

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen made 44 saves on the night and single handedly won the game for Toronto. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne saw his eight game win streak come to an end with the loss.

Toronto opened the scoring on a James Van Riemsdyk goal at 16:04 of the first period when he scored on a “one timer” that deflected off of Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin. Connor Brown provided the assist for Van Riemsdyk. 

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) goes to shoot the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) goes to shoot the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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