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The Nashville Predators Head To San Jose On A High Note

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Defensive driving is good. Careful and in control. Overly skittish driving is not good – get a couple of drivers together who are petrified of making a mistake and watch them mash bumpers.

That’s overtime hockey in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s weird giveaways and stunning offensive chances, over and over, as onlookers blurt out gasps.

Make it two exhausted drivers in the wee hours and you have double-overtime hockey in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And I don’t have an appropriate analogy for triple overtime. I just know this was the longest game in Nashville Predators history.

And it probably would have been the toughest to lose. But at 1:03 Friday morning, when Predators center Mike Fisher blasted a rebound past San Jose goaltender Martin Jones exactly 4 hours and 53 minutes after the puck dropped on Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, it just might have been the best yet to win.

“The guys played so hard, it’s just, when you get that deep into a game, there’s a lot invested,” coach Peter Laviolette said after the Predators prevailed 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena to even the series at 2-2 and set up Saturday’s crucial Game 5 in San Jose. “So happy for the guys for pulling it out and getting the win. They invested a lot. There’s a lot of character in our room.”

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The San Jose Sharks Had Their Chances

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

As the Sharks and Nashville Predators entered the third overtime period, only one thing was certain. Whichever team lost was in danger of a mental letdown heavier than the heaviest pickup truck cruising Broadway in front of all the honky-tonks here.

The Sharks lost.

So instead of taking a 3-1 lead in the series back to San Jose for Game 5 on Saturday night, the two teams are tied at two victories each. That's a huge difference.

"We'd like to be up, but it is what it is," said Sharks' goalie Martin Jones, who was brilliant in stopping 18 overtime shots--including a save on one breakaway attempt that was a hold-your-breath moment.

"Nothing we can do now but move on to the next one," Jones said.

"We had so many chances," said Sharks center Logan Couture, who insisted he and his teammates could avoid that mental letdown and shake off the 4-3 loss to the Predators after five hours of intense rushes, gutsy shot blocking, multiple lead changes, world class goalie play and frustration.

Especially for the Sharks, frustration.

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Video- A Good Goal From The San Jose Sharks

Many thought it was offside but the San Jose player was outside the zone until his teammate tagged up.

 

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The Nashville Predators Win A Game They Badly Needed

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The difference between falling behind 3-0 in a series and closing it to 2-1 is like the difference between getting a jolt of energy and a taking a trip to the electric chair.

And there was no way the Nashville Predators were going to allow themselves to become Pred Men Walking in their Western Conference semifinal with the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.

Led by a big night from their top players - Colin Wilson, Shea Weber, James Neal and Filip Forsberg all scored - Nashville is on the comeback trail instead of the Green Mile after a 4-1 victory in Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena.

“I think our guys played a really gutsy game,” said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, whose club can tie the series Thursday night at home. “We blocked a lot of shots, guys were sacrificing their bodies. I really liked the way we played tonight.”

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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."

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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.

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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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