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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Soundcheck time atop the band stage at Bridgestone Arena, three hours until the puck drops on the first conference finals this city has hosted—in any pro sport—and the Small-Time Rock Stars are tuning up. By now, after 200-some gigs spanning roughly 15 seasons, the name probably warrants an upgrade. From their perch above the Zamboni tunnel between Sections 110 and 111, they have jammed live alongside the likes of Charlie Daniels, Alice Cooper and Carrie Underwood. Of course the last celebrity act wasn't exactly difficult to book, being the exponentially more famous half of team captain Mike Fisher and all. But everyone else was equally eager. Music...hockey…“it’s all part of the DNA here,” says lead guitarist Steve Mandile, slipping into a Predators jersey. “The lines are pretty blurred.” ...

How far have the Predators come?

Gone are the “Hockey 101” classes meant to educate new fans on rules and tactics. Forgotten are the concerns about relocation, persistent until local business owners assembled to buy the team in Nov. ‘07. At one time, Nashville modeled itself on the Red Wings. “We were just nervous of them all the time,” Poile says. “We wanted to be like Detroit and beat Detroit.” When they finally did at the right time—in five games in the first round of ‘11-12—the Red Wings promptly changed conferences. “We’ve been chasing you for 10 years and you leave,” Poile would joke with counterpart Ken Holland. So the target then switched to Chicago; this spring’s series ended in a sweep. “As we go forward,” Poile says over a recent lunch, “that’s probably the confidence, the shot that we needed to have that belief.”

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Video- ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup

The NHL put up this note: The following program may be unsuitable for children. Due to the possibility of strong language, viewer discretion is advised.

This is how Showtime describes the series- For the first time, viewers get a front row seat inside the playoffs and championship series of a major North American sport as it unfolds. This documentary series chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. Go onto the ice, into the locker room, and inside the minds of the players and coaches as they chase what is called by many the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

Watch Season 2, Episode 1 below

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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.

 

 

Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

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Happy Victoria Day - Fête de la Reine

Today Canadians honor Queen Victoria's birthday.

Be safe and enjoy.

 

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NHL Short Notes

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS PENGUINS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).
 

 

 
* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutoutfor the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

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Gold For Team Sweden At The World Championship

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced, givig Sweden its first World Championship gold medal since 2013.

It also marked the first time in four gold-medal games between the two nations that Sweden beat Canada (having lost in the finals of 1997, 2003, and 2004)

Canada, trying to win a third straight gold, has to settle for silver.

The only other World Championship gold-medal game to go to a shootout was in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Sweden's captain, Joel Lundqvist, now joins Sven "Tumba" Johansson as the only members of Tre Kronor to win three World Championship gold medals.

In order to get to the shootout, Canada had to kill an overtime tripping penalty to Sean Couturier, and it did so masterfully. Besides that, Canada had several dangerous forays into the Swedish end but couldn't beat Lundqvist, who came over to the team mid-tournament after his New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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An Update On Ryan Johansen

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile gave this update on the condition of forward Ryan Johansen on Sunday:

"On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications. His symptoms developed shortly after the end of Game Four in Nashville, and as they progressed, he was diagnosed, transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had surgery performed by head team physician Dr. Jed Kuhn within two hours of his diagnosis. As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery. The Predators would like to thank Vanderbilt Life Flight Paramedics, the VUMC Emergency Department, Operating Room Nurses, and Anesthesiologists for their expedient and excellent care."

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A Good Old Fashioned Blowout In Pittsburgh

from Fran Seravallie of TSN,

The Ottawa Senators’ Cinderella season is down to the 11th hour after a Game 5 uglier than any of her stepsisters.

The Senators’ worst game of the season - let alone the playoffs - came at the most inopportune time on Sunday.

Just like that, quicker than a carriage can turn into a pumpkin, the Senators’ 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference final has evaporated into what feels like a lot larger than a 3-2 deficit.

Penguins 7, Senators 0.

It was so easy that Penguins forward Matt Cullen didn’t even raise his stick in celebration after scoring Pittsburgh’s fifth goal.

The Senators gave the puck away over and over again and the defending Stanley Cup champions poured it on. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were watching the NBA playoffs instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs - where blowouts of this magnitude are a nightly occurrence.

It was so lopsided the Senators didn’t bother to send banged-up players Erik KarlssonDerick Brassard and Cody Ceci back to the bench for the third period.

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Open Post- Game 5 Eastern Conference Final

On Tuesday night, one of these teams will be a win away from the Stanley Cup Final while the other team will be facing elimination.

I want to say Pittsburgh wins today but I don't feel it in my bones.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 3 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Team Canada vs. Team Sweden In The World Championship Gold Medal Game

Team Canada takes on Team Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Championship.

The puck drops at 2:15pm 2:45pm ET and is on the NHL Network, NBC Sports (streaming only) and TSN.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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