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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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Dear Nashville

Catfish? Have fun with it.

National Anthem?  Whoever it is will be just fine.

Party Atmosphere?  Yep, you have that.

Great Story?  No doubt.

Smashville?  Perfect

But?  Yep there is a but or two, like winning a game starting tonight.  Otherwise people will remember everything about Nashville except for the team.

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The Nashville Predators Need The Good Pekka Rinne

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

“I mean, every question is like somebody died,” said Rinne, on the day before Game 3.

Rinne was a huge reason the 16th-seeded Predators reached the final; he had a .941 save percentage after three rounds. Then he allowed eight goals on 34 shots in Games 1 and 2. Another loss would mean an 0-3 series deficit. No pressure.

“Well, I don’t want to sit here and talk about, all the time, how I’m going to get back,” Rinne said. “I mean, it’s been a great playoffs, and the last two games haven’t gone the way I wanted to, and I know the stakes are high, it’s finals, but I’m still feeling confident, I feel comfortable out there, do the same preparations that I always do.

“You just do your best to put it behind you. Of course you think about things and you go through the games in different situations, and you try to be better and learn from it and be ready for the next one. That’s the mindset. I think you think about this as an opportunity and as a chance to regroup and get back to playing at the level where I feel I’m able to play.”

His teammates spoke with confidence, but then, what choice do they have?


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Penguins Winning Withour Their Best Defenseman

from the CP at TSN,

Chasing a second straight Stanley Cup without Kris Letang hasn't been easy for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The defending champs have been trying to scratch their way to the top without their injured No. 1 defenceman. It's been a sometimes wearisome process which nonetheless has them up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup final.

"Not one guy has tried to replace him — you can't," 26-year-old Justin Schultz said of Letang, a two-time all star, before the start of the final. "He's one of the best defencemen in the league and not one of us is going to fill that spot."

One week before the playoffs Pittsburgh announced that Letang required season-ending neck surgery, and on that day the 30-year-old predicted his team would do just fine. His belief came from the club's ability to overcome significant injuries in the past. And, of course, the Pens still had Sidney Crosby.

"You've all seen Sidney Crosby's demeanour, what he wants to accomplish," Letang said, speaking earlier this week at the team's practice facility.

Though they're two wins from winning it all again, the Letang-less Pens defence has hardly been a resounding success, which should be no surprise. Letang, who played only 41 games this season, is a former Norris trophy finalist and the 26th highest-scoring defenceman on a per-game basis in league history (minimum 500 games).

"He's so skilled, it's crazy," Schultz said. "You don't appreciate it until you're on his team and watching him every night what he does for this team."


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Video- Watch/Listen To The Coaches During Games 1 & 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Listen to Mike Sullivan and Peter Laviolette from the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.


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