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P.K. Subban Cares

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

So Subban is buying tickets to every home game for a different officer and kid, and their guests. They’re eating a deluxe buffet at the Patron Platinum Club in Bridgestone Arena and then watching the game from really good seats. They’re seeing Subban before and after the game and getting autographs from other players. But mostly this is about them....

“I’m all for athletes and people in general exercising their rights,” Subban said of the protests. “I’m making an effort to build a bridge. Trying to create positive energy between police officers that leave their houses every day, leave their families every day and don’t know if they’re going to come back, and our underprivileged youth.

“I know that growing up I had a lot of friends in my community that didn’t like law enforcement. And a lot of that has to do with what they’ve seen. I think this hopefully helps law enforcement feel they’re appreciated. It’s a delicate topic, but I think everything with this program is positive.”


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The Chicago Blackhawks Lose A Close Game To The Nashville Predators

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks were embarrassed by the Predators in April — run around, run through, and run over by a faster, deeper, better team. Fifty regular season victories evaporated in four postseason losses during which the Hawks scored three measly goals.

So while Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Predators wasn’t what the Hawks had in mind, it was hardly a disaster, either. If not for a 50/50 challenge going Nashville’s way, if not for a bad break on the game-winning goal, and if not for several great stops by Pekka Rinne down the stretch, this one could have turned out differently. It was a good, entertaining, competitive hockey game. A far cry from what happened in April.

And in three games against Nashville this season, the Hawks have an overtime win and two one-goal losses. It might not seem like much, but it’s progress....

The Predators are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games. The Hawks had been 5-1-1 in their last seven. But with three more games in the next five days, the Hawks didn’t feel the loss would blunt their momentum.


Game highlights are below...

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Video- Austin Watson Suspended For 2 Games

Boarding is the explanation.


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Video- Austin Watson Has A Hearing Today With NHL Player Safety


Watch the hit below...

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P.K. Subban Still Cannot Explain The Trade

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

On the phone from Nashville, Subban says he has no idea why he is no longer playing for the team he grew up loving as a kid in Toronto, adding it’s up to Habs management to explain themselves.

“It’s just hilarious when people ask me the question, ‘Why do you think you were traded?’,” Subban says after a recent practice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“You know what? Let’s get a panel. We can get (Montreal Canadiens president and co-owner) Geoff Molson, we can get Marc Bergevin, we can get (former Habs coach) Michel Therrien. We can get the whole front office and we can just throw those questions at them.

“The reality is that I didn’t ask to be traded. I don’t know. I never got an explanation for it.

“When you think about it, I think it was two years before, we had a great team, put on a great run (in the 2014 playoffs) and I thought a lot of those pieces were still there for us to do it again. But for whatever reason, that was not just part of the plan any more.

“I can’t explain it. I can only make the best of the situation I’m put in.”


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A Proposed Three Way Trade Involving Matt Duchene And Kyle Turris Has Failed To Happen

via Darren Dreger tweets,

It's believed Ott/Col/Nash were in discussions on 3 way trade involving Matt Duchene going to Sens. Talks have ended. No deal.

Sources say Senators GM has been pursuing Duchene since mid-September and discussions heated up in last couple of weeks.

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators made another push to get Matt Duchene as recently as Friday but the deal fell through.

League sources confirmed Saturday the Senators attempted to work a three-way deal with the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche in attempt to acquire Duchene but in the end the deal trade fell apart because not everybody involved was satisfied.

Under this scenario, it’s not known exactly what the Avalanche would have gotten in return from the Senators, but it’s believed the deal would have sent centre Kyle Turris, who is set to become a unrestricted free agent, to the Predators while the Senators would have landed Duchene who they’ve coveted for nearly two years.


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Videos- Ryan Johansen Hit On Marc-Edouard Vlasic And Joe Pavelski/Johansen Fight

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

The Sharks’ game against the Predators became testy after Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit and knocked out of the game by Ryan Johansen in the third period. One fight and a handful of roughing penalties ensued before the Sharks finished off a 4-1 win....

Johansen said he was going after Pavelski after he felt the Sharks captain delivered a questionable hit in the Predators’ zone.

“I actually went at him because he hit me in the same spot, a blind side hit, boarding probably,” Johansen said. “So I just didn’t like the hit. I didn’t think anyone would come after me because it was a clean hit (on Vlasic), just unlucky.”...

Vlasic’s head appeared to make hard contact with the glass and he stayed on the ice on all fours for several moments before he was assisted off. He had 15:55 of ice time up until the time he was injured.

“I hope he’s OK, first of all. I totally thought it was clean. I would never, ever try and hit someone in a bad position,” Johansen said. “I felt like I was just getting body position on him, but I really hope he’s OK because you never want to see anybody go down.”


Below, watch the hit on Vlasic and the Pavelski/Johansen fight...

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Video- Peter Laviolette Not Happy With Chicago’s Tying Goal

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was furious about the equalizer, as Hartman had ripped Matt Irwin’s stick out of his hands and flung it behind the net, leaving Irwin defenseless against Sharp’s shovel shot.

“Playing an unbelievable game to that point and [to] have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous,” Laviolette said.

more on Chicago's 2-1 OT win...

Below, watch the Sharp goal, you get the best look at the stick toss near the end of the video.

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When Ryan Johansen Became A Fan

from Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators,

I stared at the ceiling as I lay in my hospital bed.

Was this really happening to me? Was it all over just like that?

Only minutes before, I was surrounded by screaming fans as my teammates and I tried to tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, and now I was surrounded by medical equipment in the hospital with a freakish thigh injury. Even just moments after it happened, I knew coming back to play at any point in the playoffs was probably not going to happen. I was done for the year.

But I couldn't give up on my team either. We were in the middle of a battle with the Anaheim Ducks for the Western Conference crown. I made a decision right then to just forget about the injury and focus on being the best teammate I could be. I wanted the guys to think that I wasn't even injured, even if my crutches would probably give me away. What I lacked in mobility, I was determined to make up for in support.


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P.K. Subban On The Protest

i just tweeted this and as expected, it is getting a lot of attention.



What P.K. said, via Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo,

Subban performed at a fundraiser on Tuesday night at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, to benefit Comedy Cares. He told the audience that he would “never” take a knee during the national anthem, because he has too much respect for the American flag. His comments were sent to us by two eyewitnesses, and confirmed by the Predators. Subban, who is Canadian, is considered the most prominent black player in pro hockey.

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