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Pekka Rinne Wins The Vezina Trophy

via NHL PR,

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators has captured the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the “goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William M. Jennings Trophy.

Rinne was a runaway winner, garnering 22 first-place votes from the 31 cast by NHL General Managers. His 129 voting points placed him ahead of second-place Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets (82 points) and third-place Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning (21 points).

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Austin Watson Charged With Domestic Assault

from Natalie Neysa Alund of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been charged with domestic assault, Franklin police said Wednesday.

Watson, 26, of Nashville, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday in the 1400 block of Murfreesboro Road, said police Lt. Charles Warner.

As of Wednesday he was free on a $4,500 bond and due in court next week on the domestic assault charge.

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Mike Fisher Retires Again

from NHL.com,

"You don't want to be cleaning out your locker in May, there's no question," he said. "I had a great three months or whatever it was. I enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed coming to work with these guys. It was a great group of people, from the players to the whole organization and staff.

"I'm glad I came back. It was awesome. Obviously disappointing, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I know this team, they'll learn and grow and be better. There's a lot to look forward to."

But he has no plans to come out of retirement again.

"I've milked this cow as long as it'll go," he said. "It's bone dry."

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The Nashville Predators Could Not Get It Done Last Night

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Nashville knows today for the first time what it’s like to be favored to win it and fall short. Winnipeg might soon know what it’s like to have it. They both know what a Stanley Cup Final-quality series looks like because the Predators and Jets just churned out seven games worthy of a mid-June finish.

The seventh, Thursday at a Bridgestone Arena that never before had seen a Game 7, was another electric Nashville night gone dark, a 5-1 decision for the Jets. There are Predators to blame and there’s time ahead to assign it, with plenty left over to revisit the silliness of a playoff system that would match the top two teams in the regular season in the second round....

Save enough energy for this hard truth: Rinne came up small in a huge moment. There’s no other way to say it, as painful as that is for Predators fans to digest considering the player and person he has been for them. He showed his character again after the game, standing in and taking questions from a media throng, shouldering the blame even though he was far from the only member of this team who didn't bring a Game 7 performance to this Game 7.

“I feel very much responsible for our season ending at this point," Rinne said. "Tough to swallow, tough to understand. I can’t point out anything. Felt good, and no injuries and totally healthy. But total ups and downs throughout the playoffs. The biggest moment of the season, it’s a terrible feeling. You let your teammates down, and that’s what happened tonight.”

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Below, watch the Sportsnet crew break down the game.

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The Winnipeg Jets Advance To The Western Conference Final

In game 7 tonight, the Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-1.

Winnipeg will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

Below, watch the game winning goal by Paul Stastny.

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Video- HNIC Opening Jets/Preds

via Sportsnet,

 

 

added 8:30pm, Game 7 special, Sheryl Crow with the National Anthem below.

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Open Post- Game 7 The Winnipeg Jets Against The Nashville Predators

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET in Nashville and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

Winner will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at 7:00pm.

The comment section is yours.

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Nashville/Winnipeg Game 7 Is A Toss-Up

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

In a perfect world, the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets would be playing in the Stanley Cup Final. On one hand, it’s a shame the top two regular-season teams have to meet so early in the playoffs but, on the other, the two titans have treated us to a close, nail-biting series in a second-round that has lacked those characteristics.

Out of 12 series to this point, Winnipeg and Nashville are giving us just the second Game 7.

“Excited and just waiting for the puck to drop,” Patrik Laine said the day before the series-deciding game. “So much on the line, it’s going to be a tight one.”

The Jets sniper couldn’t be any more accurate. Whoever moves on between these two will be the instant favourite to win the Stanley Cup, though the Vegas Golden Knights won’t be a slouch in the conference final. But it’s hard to imagine any other series being as close as this Jets-Predators showdown.

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Feel free to leave a comment with your prediction for the game tonight.

I am taking Nashville for two reasons. 1. I picked them to make the SCF two months ago along with Tampa Bay.  2. Home ice tonight will be the difference.

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Game 7 Could Be All About Goaltending

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

It was one of the main stories going into the series, and it’ll be again in Game 7: Connor Hellebuyck vs Pekka Rinne.

You can’t always boil a game down to goaltending – but sometimes that’s exactly what it boils down to.

“The National Goaltending League,” is how Jets head coach Paul Maurice put it. “Over the course of 82 (games), if you have a guy who has a real good night and a guy who doesn’t, you can pretty much predict the winner on that.

So when you get to an elimination game… it’s all about goaltending anyway. It always has been.”

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Nothing Like A Game 7

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

...Game 7 is the pinnacle of Stanley Cup playoff hockey, a gift to all who love sports and, in this series especially, a great unknown. We know the winner of Thursday’s game will go on to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the conference finals for the right to represent the West in the Stanley Cup Final. We know the loser will fall well short of a realistic goal of winning it all, and that a playoff system that has the top two teams in the regular season meeting in the second round will be rued in one of these two cities while the other celebrates.

We just don’t know how this thing will go on the ice. Experience is in the Predators’ favor. The core of this team won the first Game 7 in franchise history, two years ago in the first round at Anaheim, then lost Game 7 at San Jose in the next round. This is new territory for the Jets’ nucleus of young stars. Nineteen Predators have Game 7 experience, a combined total of 44 games of it. For the Jets, it’s five players, 10 games.

But as Maurice pointed out in downplaying intangibles after Winnipeg’s Game 6 failure, it’s playoff hockey. No prior experience guarantees any result. The fact that Maurice is 2-0 all-time as a head coach in Game 7s is not going to win a puck battle in the corner or finally help star forward Patrik Laine solve Pekka Rinne. The fact that Predators coach Peter Laviolette is 5-2 all-time in Game 7s will not spring center Kyle Turris to a breakout game or prevent a weird bounce off the boards.

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