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Down 0-2 The Nashville Predators Need A Win Tonight

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

“We’ve got to get ourselves on the board,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the long flight from San Jose, after the excruciating 3-2 loss in Sunday’s Game 2 that featured everything he wanted to see except for the finishing.

Game 1 was nearly a steal, a 1-0 lead entering the third period, but the legs looked understandably rubbery late and the rested, loaded Sharks overwhelmed. Game 2 was a steal, because Nashville was the better team for most of it.

There should be no scarcity of confidence that the Predators can play their game and challenge San Jose, a team that — like Anaheim a few weeks ago — is gaining buzz as a Cup contender. Nashville looks like one for stretches as well, especially when Rinne does some of the Gumby-like things he was doing Sunday, but 39 shots and one goal in the first 59 minutes and 56 seconds of a game won’t win in May.

“We got better and played more to our identity and what we expect from ourselves on the ice,” Laviolette said of Game 2, “and it just wasn’t meant to be. So we’re in a time of the year where wins matter. It’s not so much always about the process anymore. It’s just about getting the wins and putting them in the column.”


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The Nashville Predators Played Well But Bounces Didn’t Go Their Way

from Adam Vingan of the Tennessean,

To learn an opponent requires playing them. It's self-explanatory, but important nonetheless.

The Predators received a crash course on the Sharks in their series-opening loss Friday, taking the appropriate measures to improve in Game 2. Some lessons were learned Sunday, but others weren't in a 3-2 loss that has the Predators behind by two games in their second-round series.

"I think we were better overall," said Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm, whose late third-period goal briefly tied the game. "I thought we were the better team out there. ... I thought we were just good as they were tonight. They got a lucky bounce in the end and they scored the second goal and that's (what was) needed tonight. I think we should be encouraged by the way we played tonight."...

"The effort was there, the energy was there," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "The guys played a good hockey game. We were on the wrong side of two bounces that they were able to capitalize on."


Game highlights are below...

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Morning Line- Ray Ratto After Game 1 Sharks/Predators

And San Jose, which has suddenly become the hockey punditocracy’s popular choice for Stealth Team Nobody Wants To Play, had conquered a few more fence-sitters. True, the Sharks remain the most anomalous of playoff teams in that it has a hideous home/absurdly strong road record combo, but unless Nashville can find what abandoned it Friday night, the Sharks may create a little elbow-room in what has been a very Warrior-centric world.

-Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea where you can read more on the Sharks 5-2 win over the Hashville Predators.

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One Winner, One Loser

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"It means a lot," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said after leading his team to a 2-1 Game 7 win on Wednesday night. "It shows a lot of character. I think as a group we can learn from this series. It's a really good team we played against. There's a lot of good things we can take from this series.

"Just moving forward I think we're a better team already after this series and after this Game 7.''...

"We'd rather fly under the radar, and just kind of do our own business," captain Shea Weber said. "It's kind of the way we go. We don't need to be in the limelight. Hopefully we can keep proving that we're a good team.''...

It is beyond belief as a storyline. But it is reality. And it's hard not to think it may not cost Boudreau his job, even though some of his star players must shoulder the blame for this series loss as well.

"I have no idea," Boudreau said when asked about potential changes. "I haven't thought about it. As far as my future, I just come to work every day until I'm told not to come to work. And I think the team, especially the last half of the year, they believed what the expectations were and what they were supposed to be. The playoffs are a tough thing. There are 16 really good teams, and especially in the West, any of those eight teams that made it were good enough to win it.''...

"At least we went out there and gave it our all," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We tried everything we could to get that next goal. At least you can leave the ice knowing you left it out there in the end.''...

Corey Perry held his head in his hands in the Ducks' locker room Wednesday night. His despair was visible. No goals in seven games is certainly one of the reasons Anaheim is headed home too early.


Game highlights are below...

added 7:35am, handshake line video below too...

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Open Post- Tonight’s NHL Playoff Games

Game 1, Round 2- NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

Game 7, Round 1-  Nashville @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET NBCSN, TVAS, SN, FS-W, FS-TN

Feel free to discuss tonight's games.

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A Loose Group Of Predators Before Game 7

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

There was a certain looseness to the Predators' morning skate Wednesday at Honda Center.

Energy was high and not blatantly nervous. Smiles were present. It was as if the Predators weren't preparing for a Game 7, the first in their history, and the magnitude of the situation before them.

"Honestly, it's another game," Predators captain Shea Weber said, summarizing the team's mindset ahead of Wednesday's winner-take-all matchup against the Ducks. "It's a big game. Obviously both teams really want to win, and the team that wins is going to go on to the second round.

"There's no point in making too much of it. You put too much pressure on yourself in these situations and you don't perform. I think you've got to come with your best effort. Everyone thinks that their best effort in a team atmosphere, team setting will do the job. Hopefully that'll happen tonight."


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Another Game 7 For The Anaheim Ducks

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

As difficult as the Ducks keep making this for themselves, they sure are making it easy for some of the rest of us.

Normally, advancing something as Titanic as a Game7 would require coming up with a creative idea for a column.

With the Ducks, however, I already came up with my idea ... almost a year ago.

The Register could simply rerun what I wrote before the Ducks’ most recent Game7, changing all the “Blackhawks” to “Predators” but retaining the general theme, and I could get an early start on my next hangover.

My column of May30, 2015, explained how the Ducks had no chance of beating Chicago in the finale of the Western Conference finals because, among other reasons, Game7 just isn’t a game this core group seems capable of winning.


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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.


Highlights from game 6 are below...

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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."


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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