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This Is “Preds Hockey”

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Every once in a while, the right team lands in the right town, playing the right game in front of the right people. And the result is magical — even for a jaded old hockey writer and a bunch of “never too high, never too low” hockey players.

Here in Smashville, one of those Gary Bettman landing spots where we questioned how the Predators would steal enough fans from NASCAR and college football, that mix has come together perfectly this spring.

The Predators aren’t wine, cheese and a string quartet, man. They play the game like the guy over at Tootsie’s bends his six strings — you can hear ‘em coming, and after a night at Bridgestone your head hurts the next morning.

“Preds Hockey” means they’ll trade paint with anyone, and fly around the ice at Bridgestone like the Tennessee defence. And they fight — even in the playoffs — which folks here approve of even more than we do up in Canada.

In return for this Tennessee hockey, their people cheer. And stand. And drink. And have more chants, with 17,000 folks in perfect unison, than the other 29 NHL rinks put together.

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John Gibson Deserved Better In Anaheim’s Loss To Nashville

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Against all logic, John Gibson seemed OK.

His eyes were clear. He did not need a standing 8-count. He even knew how many fingers the Nashville Predators were holding aloft. Two, in this case, to Anaheim’s one.

Without Gibson, the Ducks might have been mercy-ruled.

The 23-year-old goaltender took a head shot from Mike Fisher that stunned him briefly. He took a slap shot from Victor Arvidsson that burrowed deep into his right shoulder, one of the few places a goalie’s armor doesn’t reach.

Nashville is in the middle of an economic boom, largely thanks to conventions. The Goaltender Battering Association of North America kicked off its annual meeting in front of, behind and all around Gibson.

He took spills on two Nashville goals that were nullified by the officials, bringing a torrent of protest, and yellow towels, to the Bridgestone Arena ice.

In the end he was beaten by a puck he didn’t see. Gibson looked for a rebound that he thought was in the left corner, but it actually bounced out to Roman Josi on the right side, and his power-play goal with 2:43 left beat the Ducks, 2-1. That also gave Nashville a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

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Video- No Goal, No Goal Nashville

IMO, both ggod calls but the first one is a little iffy.

 

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Video- HNIC Opening Game 3 Western Conference Final

Smashville!

 

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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Western Conference Final

Will the Nashville Predators bounce back from a loss and go ahead 2-1 in the series, or will the Anaheim Ducks put up another win?

We are about to find out.

Anaheim @ Nashville, series tied 1-1, 8 p.m., CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSN

Comment if so inclined.

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Afternoon Line- Ryan Kesler In Video Form

Kesler reacts to the words from Ryan Johansen.

 

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Just What Ryan Kesler Wants

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

While we contemplate a Nashville-Ottawa Stanley Cup final, here’s something else that is both rare and beautiful, the musings and meditations on the world of sports:

— This is the magic of Ryan Kesler. Hockey’s resident heel has managed to turn a mostly uninteresting Western Conference final into a blood sport between two bitter rivals.

Kesler, of course, is currently locked in mortal combat with Nashville’s Ryan Johansen, and while you can debate his effectiveness in shutting down the pride of Port Moody, you have to admit the matchup makes for great theatre.

In the Preds’ 5-3 loss in Game 2, the real stories were a subpar performance from Pekka Rinne in the Nashville net and another monster outing from the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf. Instead, the main talking point was the battle between Kesler and Johansen, which was highlighted by a head butt on the game’s opening faceoff, a Kesler elbow to Johansen’s melon that went unpenalized, a Johansen high-stick on Kesler that was penalized, and this post-game gem from Johansen.

“I’m just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you have to pull a stick out of your groin after every shift.”

You have to concede the man’s point.

Kesler, of course, is now the centre of attention in the series, which is exactly where he wants to be.

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Ability To Bounce Back Defines The Anaheim Ducks

from Ereic Stephens of the OC Register,

More free form jazz than symphonic classical, the Ducks create, improvise and seemingly thrive amid the chaos.

Sure, they talk about following the plan and operating within the structure. But what if the plan goes awry and the structure breaks down in a matter of minutes? What do you do when what’s being engineered is dissonant and out of tune?

Adapt to the changing movements and believe in the finished product. Maybe the process to get there is messy. Just get there. And these are your Ducks, sitting even in the Western Conference finals with the Nashville Predators as the two prepare for Game 3 Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

“That’s just it,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “The group that we’ve come together here, we’ve tried to put that out of our mind. And I keep going back to it, but I think we’ve built it to where we are. We have that confidence in our room that we’re just going to keep the same mentality.

“We talk about it all the time. If we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get rewarded. Yes, at times it’s easier said than done. But our group — we have a belief that when we’ve done it in past. So you look back on those moments and it helps keep the group calm.”

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The Battles Between Ryan Kesler And Ryan Johansen

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

While the two centers were waiting for opening faceoff, Kesler used his stick to jab Johansen in the leg, knocking him off balance before the puck was dropped.

When it was over and the Ducks had a 5-3 victory to tie the best-of-7 series 1-1, Johansen was somewhat incredulous at Kesler's tactics.

Game 3 is at Nashville on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

"I mean if I … he just blows my mind, watching what's going through his head out there," Johansen said. "Like his family and friends watching him play; I don't know how you cheer for a guy like that. It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game.

"I'm just trying to go out there and play hockey and it [stinks] when you've got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift."

Johansen was asked if he's encountered any other opponent who goes as far with defensive tactics as Kesler.

"Oh no. Not at all," he said. "He doesn't do anything that makes sense. He's just … he thinks he's getting under guys' skin, but he's just … I don't know what he's doing. Really, I can't even put a finger on it."

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The Nashville Predators Look To Improve Defensively After Dropping Game 2 To The Anaheim Ducks

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

The play of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne this postseason has been inhuman.

He has been the team's unbreakable backbone during the playoffs, but he bent slightly Sunday in the Predators' 5-3 Game 2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals.

“At the beginning of the game, it’s 2-0 (Predators)," said Rinne, who allowed a playoff-high four goals to send the series to Nashville tied for Game 3 on Tuesday. "But it’s a 60-minute game and it’s a good hockey team there."

To completely pin the loss on Rinne would be unfair, but he was average for the first time during the Predators' historic run....

"I thought that there was some saves that he made that were really good," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "There were a couple scrambles in front of the net where we can do a better job of tying up in front of him.

"Certainly the second goal, I think we can do a better job defensively. We’ve been pretty good in front of him. I think we could go back into Game 3 and look to be a little bit better defensively.” 

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Game highligths are below...

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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.

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