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The Nashville Predators And Anaheim Ducks Will Be In The Spotlight Tomorrow Night

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One game with the whole hockey world watching.

Consider how rare an opportunity that is for the Nashville Predators, a team that hardly ever gets a chance to showcase itself on national TV.

If they do, it's because they're the team other people see when they're watching highlights or reading a box score. So often, the afterthought franchise.

The pesky Predators have forced their way into the national spotlight, with a chance to knock off a team many picked to win the Stanley Cup. Come Wednesday night, they will the face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their first-round series at 10 p.m. ET in Anaheim, the last game of the NHL's opening round,

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Up, Down And Now The Nashville Predators Have One More Win To Go

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

It was better this way, even if it didn't seem like it at the time.

The Nashville Predators will play in a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history, because they won a playoff game while trailing 3-2 in a series for the first time in franchise history, because they were flat-out better than the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Bridgestone Arena.

And because their goaltender, Pekka Rinne, was flat-out clinical in the 3-1 win, rising for the first time in this series to the level of counterpart Frederik Andersen.

But the best part of this whole thing for the Predators was the worst part. A few lost seconds at the end of the second period, the kind of sequence that had shaken them in recent days and turned their eye-opening 2-0 series advantage into an eye-rolling 3-2 deficit.

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The Nashville Predators Get Their Game 7 Wish

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For the Nashville Predators, it's new territory they can't wait to experience. For the Anaheim Ducks, it's an all-too-familiar setting they wanted so badly to avoid.

Without question, the pressure in this series has shifted with Game 7 on tap, a first in the history of the Predators.

"Excited. You dream about it growing up. You're playing road hockey or you're playing on the pond, it's always Game 7 and an overtime winner," Predators captain Shea Weber said. "Hopefully, it's for us. It's an exciting time."

Weber's empty-net goal sealed a 3-1 win Monday in Game 6 to force the maximum. There is one final game to go in the opening round of the playoffs, with everyone watching.

It's a scenario Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was giddy just thinking about during the day, but he tried not to look past the task at hand.

"Even though you try to just think about this game, Game 6, this afternoon I was thinking about Game 7, and now it's here," he said. "It's a great feeling."

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Helene Elliott of the LA Tems reminds us...

The Ducks haven't won a Game 7 since they defeated the Calgary Flames in the first round in 2006. Since then they've lost four series that went the limit...

more on the Ducks/Predators....

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A Game 7 Will Be Played In Anaheim On Wednesday

The Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 tonight.

Here is the game winner by James Neal.

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Open Post- Game 6 Ducks/Predators & Game 7 Blackhawks/Blues

Game 6- Anaheim at Nashville 8:00 PM ET  |  CNBC, TVAS, SN, FS-TN, FS-W

Game 7- Chicago at St Louis 8:30 PM ET  |  NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-MW, CSN-CH

If Nashville wins, game 7 will be Wednesday in Anaheim.

The comment section is your place to discuss the games tonight.

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Afternoon Line- Ryan Kesler

"This is our Game 7 right now, we’re taking this as a Game 7. We have to put our best foot forward tonight because we’re going to get their best."

-Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks on game 6 tonight in Nashvlille.  Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more on the gtame.

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Last Year In The Past For The Anaheim Ducks

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Past is not prologue, as far as the Ducks are concerned, even if the ink on the recent pages of their history is somewhat fresh.

They have been in this position each of the past two seasons, having a 3-2 series lead, and both have ended in anguish. The Ducks lost the final two games to the Chicago Blackhawks in last year's Western Conference final and against the Kings in the 2014 semifinal.

Players expectedly closed the book on all that heading into Monday's Game 6 with a 3-2 first-round series lead on the Nashville Predators.

"I look at that as last year," Hampus Lindholm said. "That's history for me. This is a new year, a new group. It doesn't really bother me what happened that year … all that stuff that happened before. I don't think anyone has that on their mind right now."

Said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau about the past: "I'm not bringing it up."

Questions about learning from the past has practically become a rite of spring for Boudreau. He said Sunday that it's helped his approach in trying to find the right formula and cited "experience is the best teacher."

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Just When You Start To Doubt The Anaheim Ducks

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Anaheim Ducks in the playoffs have presented a microcosm of their season, digging a huge hole out of the gates before finding the resolve to climb out of it.

And in both cases, just when the outside world began to wonder about this team, the players inside never lost doubt.

"Just like our season," observed center Ryan Kesler after a third straight victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, this one by a 5-2 count. "We started off terrible and then got good. It's a race to four and we still have to win another game. But I don't think there's a single guy in this room that didn't think we'd be in this position."

That is what is different about this version of the Ducks. They didn't get to lollygag in first place from start to finish this season as is normally their way -- they had to go into survival mode after a brutal opening half and rather incredibly win the Pacific Division by the end of it.

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Pekka Rinne Has To Be Better

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Late in the second period of the Predators' 5-2 loss to the Ducks in Game 5 on Saturday, Anaheim forward Ryan Garbutt forechecked hard, winning a battle along the end boards and stuffing the puck past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Conversation on social media turned toward whether Garbutt's goal should have counted, with certain replays leading some to believe the puck slipped under the net and behind Rinne, getting by him illegally.

"It's hard to see at that point," Rinne said. "You're just trying to play the puck at a bad angle. It's pretty much behind the net. He just banks it off me. It was a terrible goal to give up in a big game like that. It was a 1-1 game at the moment. Wish I could take it back."

Regardless, Rinne has allowed at least four goals in each of the past two games and has a .889 save percentage through five playoff games, doing little to dispel thoughts that he is no longer one of the NHL's best goaltenders.

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Ducks/Predators Tied At 2 Games Apiece

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Consider it an opportunity squandered.

The Predators had a two-game series advantage against the Ducks, the first in team history, and two home games to take a commanding lead in their first-round matchup or even win it.

A 4-1 loss in Game 4 on Thursday, however, has placed momentum firmly on the side of the Ducks, who reclaimed home-ice advantage in what has become a best-of-three series, starting with Game 5 on Saturday in Anaheim.

"Got to get the next one," Predators captain Shea Weber said. "Nothing we can do about the past two. We hadn't won anything after the first two, so it's a seven-game series for a reason. You've got to win four games, and the first team to do so wins."

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