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Video- Good Goal Nashville?

Yes, good goal Nashville.


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Mike Sullivan Will Be The Difference In This Series

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The feeling here in “Smashville” is that the Predators are on their way to the Stanley Cup. All it took was one win, a 5-1 drubbing of the Penguins Saturday night in Game 3 of the final series. Goaltender Pekka Rinne found his way after being lost in the first two games. The special teams embarrassed the Penguins’ special teams again. The defense, considered the NHL’s best, locked down like never before. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin failed to get a shot on goal, the first time they’ve been shut out like that together in a postseason game. Matt Murray looked human in his net. His defensemen appeared to be running out of miracles without Kris Letang.

Predators fans have legitimate reasons to be optimistic.

I have one reason to stick to my original prediction of Penguins in six games.

Mike Sullivan.

Penguins winger Phil Kessel is in a scoring slump and coaches and teammates are trying to figure out how to get him out of it.

Crosby, Malkin, Murray and the rest of the Penguins have to get it done on the ice, of course. They certainly are capable and have a Cup ring from last season to prove it. But no one makes me believe in the team more than Sullivan, who has found the right answer for every challenge and adversity that has come his way in this postseason.


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P.K. Subban’s Chirping Make It Feels Like The Predators Are Leading The Series

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

It’s not about P.K. Subban’s breath, but OK, fine. After Nashville’s 5-1 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Subban started barking at Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel, and then swam by him to bark at Sidney Crosby, with whom the Predators defenceman has had a series of annoyance-based scrapes over the years. He pulled Crosby by the jersey to get extra barking time, and Crosby barked back. Subban told the media that Crosby told him he had bad breath, and then told the media on Sunday his teammates left Listerine in his locker. Oh, P.K.

I was there when he said it on Saturday night, and it was clear to me that P.K, bless him, was trafficking in his usual earnest b.s., but it was his explanation. On Sunday, Crosby was asked about it, because that’s how this works.

“Yeah, he made that up. I didn’t say that,” said Crosby. Asked about his on-ice history with P.K., Crosby said, “Yeah, that’s part of it. He likes the attention, and things like that. If he wants to make stuff up, what can I do?”

And that was that. Subban loves making things about himself, which makes him more entertaining than more or less any other hockey player, though your mileage may vary. And it was a silly sideline to a series that Pittsburgh leads two games to one, and feels like it may belong to Nashville.


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Video- Don Cherry On Game 4

Cherry says game 4 is hard to predict.


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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Game 3 SCF

Time to recognize the parents.


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A Saturday To Remember In Nashville

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This will be a day they talk about here for a generation. Maybe longer.

There are kids who came down to Lower Broadway with their parents on Saturday afternoon and got to swing a sledgehammer at an old car painted in Pittsburgh Penguins colours. They stood among the sea of strangers that stretched in all directions from Bridgestone Arena and celebrated a city as unique as the chants that echoed through the building.

Then they watched a rocking hockey game.

Well, more accurately, they cheered through one. During warmups, during a 90-second TV timeout, during every appearance of a catfish on the ice and during every hair-raising goal by their Nashville Predators.

"Yeah, you know what, that’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in," defenceman P.K. Subban said after a 5-1 victory in the city’s opening act in the Stanley Cup Final. "It was pretty spectacular. Anybody who paid the price of admission to watch the game, I’m sure it was money well spent for them."

It was the kind of game that served as a reward for the hardcore fans that have lived and died with the Predators from the very beginning. It was a night certain to make hardcore fans out of those that have jumped aboard this runaway train a little more recently.

Holy smokes.

Take a bow, Nashville.


Below, watch P.K. Subban talk about his exchange with Sidney Crosby at the end of the game...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Drop Game 3 To The Nashville Predators

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

When a raucous Bridgestone Arena crowd was in danger of losing its enthusiasm, Roman Josi and his teammates on the power play gave the Nashville Predators a spark.

For the Penguins, the power play was where sparks went to die.

Josi's special-teams strike kickstarted a three-goal second period for the Predators, leading them to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

The Penguins lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Monday night in Nashville.

"They were the more desperate team tonight," Sidney Crosby said. "That was pretty evident."

The Penguins went 0 for 3 on the power play in the game to fall to 1 for 13 in the series. They managed one shot on goal in six minutes of power-play time.

"It's the first time in my career we can't score like that," Evgeni Malkin said. "So many chances. We're not shooting the puck. They pressure us. First power play, we moved the puck so well, but still no shots.

"We need to change something. I don't know. If we score a couple goals, it's so much easier to play. It's not working. We need change. Maybe players. I don't know. It's tough to say right now. But I know we played bad on the power play."


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Open Post- Game 3 Stanley Cup Final Between The Pittsburgh Penguins And Nashville Predators

You have to think the Predators will win this game, if not, the season could officially end on Monday.

Pittsburgh @ Nashville, PIT leads 2-0, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

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The Defensive Corp In Nashville And Carolina

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Nashville’s top-four defense of P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi, and Ryan Ellis is the biggest reason for the team’s achievements. This iteration required refreshing that appeared painful at the time: Ryan Suter signing a megadeal with Minnesota, Seth Jones being traded to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, and Shea Weber being moved to Montreal for Subban. The clock, however, is already ticking on this setup. Ellis will be unrestricted after 2019. The right-shot defenseman will at least double his current average annual value of $2.5 million. By then, Dante Fabbro could be ready to succeed Ellis. Fabbro, Nashville’s 2016 first-round pick, will be a Boston University sophomore this fall. Depending on his performance, Fabbro could turn pro in 2018-19. When Ellis reaches unrestricted status, Fabbro will be 21, perhaps groomed enough by then to be in Nashville’s lineup.

- Carolina’s breakthrough is coming, perhaps as soon as 2017-18, when former Chicago backup goalie Scott Darling takes over the starting job. Darling will be behind a blue line that could be the next version of Nashville’s setup. Justin Faulk is already a go-to defenseman. Jaccob Slavin is close. Norwood’s Noah Hanifin continues to learn. Former University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce is coming off a 2-18—20 season. Faulk is the group’s graybeard at 25, while Hanifin is only 20. Slavin, Hanifin, and Pesce will remain on their entry-level deals in 2017-18, giving Carolina serious bang for the buck on the back end. The Hurricanes also have prospects Haydn Fleury (No. 7 overall, 2014) and Jake Bean (No. 13, 2016) pushing for pro work.

GM Ron Francis could trade one of his young defensemen for up-front help, just like Predators GM David Poile did with Seth Jones to land Ryan Johansen.

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Nashville Is Ready

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The stage is set.

It sits smack dab in the middle of Broadway, as wide as the street, as tall as the honkytonks, topped by a banner with the logos of the Stanley Cup Final and Nashville Music City.

Standing in front of it Friday, you could hear hammers mixed with guitars as workers finished their preparations and musicians performed for crowds at Legends Corner, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Rippy's Bar and Grill, and all the other joints on the strip by Bridgestone Arena. You could smell the barbecue.

You could only imagine what it will be like Saturday, when Alan Jackson, the newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, takes the stage and the Nashville Predators take the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Tens of thousands of people will listen to music and watch hockey as the Predators play in the Final at home for the first time. They'll watch live in the arena, on TV in the honkytonks and on three giant video boards outside.

"Our party will be … spilling everywhere," Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said.

That's what this will be, a party, and it will be full of surprises, per tradition. Expect another A-list anthem singer, the towel-waver to make sure the crowd is ready for hockey, a legend to join the house band between periods and celebrities all over the place.

"The fever is at an all-time high," NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer said. "This is the most popular event to happen here in a long time. I've gotten hundreds of people asking for tickets from the celebrity world. The crowd that will be here [Saturday], even if they're not performing, will be a who's who of the entertainment world."


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