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Nashville Predators President Not Happy With Media Reports Out Of Pittsburgh

from Autumn Allison of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators president Sean Henry has had it with the knocks against Nashville’s status as a hockey town by members of the Pittsburgh media.

Henry went on WNSR Nashville Sports Radio Thursday morning to discuss the Predators impressive run that has gained the admiration of national media during the Stanley Cup Final, but ended up addressing the claims against Nashville by a handful of Pittsburgh reporters.

Pittsburgh TV station KDKA has been the ringleader of the Predators hate with chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla, who tweeted before Nashville’s Game 4 4-1 victory that he was “really getting tired of hearing about Nashville’s fans” and that “one Stanley Cup Playoffs does not make a hockey town.”

Writer Dan Kingerski, a radio personality on 93.7 The Fan and PGH Hockey Now writer, suggested that Nashville is pumping in artificial crowd noise into Bridgestone Arena....

“This is a great sports city. … I just don’t understand that moron that keeps talking about how bad Nashville is or how we pipe in music,” said Henry during the radio show.

“… He’s a schmuck, to say what it is. And there’s some other reporter quote, un-quote, I don’t know who or what he writes for. But I just don’t understand why it’s just so important to knock Nashville.”

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A Weird Game One

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There’s probably a country music song buried somewhere in the way the Nashville Predators lost their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

Then again, even a Music Row songwriter might balk at the story. Too hokey. Not believable.

The Predators held the defending Stanley Cup champions without a shot for 37 consecutive minutes, a stretch never before seen in NHL annals, then clawed all the back from a 3-0 deficit after a catfish was thrown on the ice, only to have the Penguins break the tie with three minutes to go on their first shot since the first period.

Oh, and the Preds had their 1-0 lead wiped away on a controversial coach’s challenge … and Nick Bonino scored two goals without ever actually shooting on a goaltender.

“It was a weird, weird game,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said with perhaps the biggest understatement of the season.

It was maybe the most bizarre game ever played in the Stanley Cup Final, one that left you sitting there thinking: “What the heck did we just watch?”

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Below, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on Game 1 and video highlights too...

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Ron Hextall’s Job With The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daiy News,

Next month, Ron Hextall will mark his third anniversary as the Flyers' general manager. In that time, he has conducted three drafts, handpicked a coach whose college-level "culture" he touted, and methodically begun a youth movement that he believes will lead to an era of elite-level teams that perennially challenge for the Stanley Cup.

That vision, though, is as murky as it was when he was elevated to his current position. Despite almost unheard-of health and the first emergent players of his systemwide youth movement, the Flyers will finish this season with a worse record than last and miss the inclusivity-oriented NHL playoffs for the second time in his three seasons as GM.

As for that culture. Entering their final two games this weekend, the Flyers have scored 212 goals this season and allowed 230, numbers that place them among the league's worst. They are good at home. They are bad on the road. Throughout the season, they were a maddening model of inconsistency, capable of routing the league's best teams one night and succumbing meekly to some of their worst the next....

The players Hextall added from the outside to this team after last season - Dale Weise, Roman Lyubimov, Valtteri Filppula - did not improve it. The coach he hired has yet to prove his professional acumen.

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Video- Michal Neuvirth Collapses While Standing In The Crease

 

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A Disappointing Season From The Philadelphia Flyers

from ESPN,

What happened to the Philadelphia Flyers this season?

Craig Custance: Although I agree with the sentiment that the Flyers are who we thought they were, I'm concerned about the steady decline in production from Claude Giroux. This will be the third consecutive season his goal total has declined. He averaged 0.18 goals per game this season, the lowest of his career. His shooting percentage is 7.7 percent, well below his career average, but he's been in double digits just once in the last five years in shooting percentage. Advanced stats analyst Tyler Dellow recently charted Giroux's shots, and he's not getting as many off close to the net as he did when he was at his most productive. There might be more at play here than just a hip injury.

Rob Vollman: Nothing. Not be snide, but the Flyers are exactly where they were expected to be, which is roughly where they have been for five straight seasons. Since the 2013 lockout, very few pundits have looked at any of Philadelphia's opening-night rosters and seen anything more than wild-card potential. The Flyers should be commended for their two playoff berths and not questioned about their three absences.

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Elbow On Brian Dumoulin

No penalty on the play and Dumoulin went the the dressing room but did return.

 

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Hip Has Been An Issue For Claude Giroux

from Mark Narducci of Philly.com,

Giroux has never used injuries as an excuse, but when he was asked Sunday how difficult it was to get past the injury mentally and physically, he opened up somewhat.

"When you try to make plays you used to make and can't really make them, it is frustrating and confusing," Giroux said. "When you start getting the confidence back, you know you can make those plays you just go out there and make it happen."

The hip injury was more difficult to overcome.

"I think when you don't think about that kind of stuff, you go out and play the game, but when it is in the back of your mind and you are really not thinking about the game and mostly thinking about your hip or whatever, I think it is important to kind of focus on the right things," he said.

"Even if you don't feel good out there, you have to find the right way to be strong mentally."

Giroux entered Sunday with 14 goals and 37 assists, with a minus-17 rating. 

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Talent Just Not There For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

He won't say it, but it's there, in the undercurrent of every answer he gives about his foundering Flyers. Ask Dave Hakstol anything, frame it as fiercely or as friendly as you want, and his unblinking answers will inevitably laud effort while underlining missed opportunity and the minutia that separates games this time of the year, especially those low-scoring ones among the league's have-nots.

Here's what he means, each time: The Flyers are not nearly as talented a team as many fans think or wish them to be, and the fact that two of the stars they leaned on so heavily during their unlikely run of a season ago - Claude Giroux and Shane Gostisbehere - are just now beginning to resemble even a sniff of their old selves only makes this more so. But the coach, still supported by the general manager who coerced him from a cushier college job, is loath to say that, perhaps fearing that the one thing they are capable of, and have given him - effort - would dissipate as a result.

Clearly, we can at least say this about the Flyers after 68 games played: They are drowning in a sea of have-nots. They have no pure goal scorers, no game-changers, no shutdown defenseman, no stand-on-your-head goaltender who can steal games because to do so on most nights would require a shutout.

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Mark Streit To Tampa Bay From Philadelphia

 

added 2:33pm,

 

added 2:38pm, Philadelphia release is below...

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Watching The 2017 NHL Stadium Series

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 27, 2017 – NBC Sports’ primetime presentation of the 2017 NHL Stadium Series on Saturday on NBC, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field, was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in three years, excluding Winter Classics, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company.

The Penguins’ 4-2 win against the rival Flyers (8-11 p.m. ET) averaged 1.917 million viewers, up 13% vs. last season’s primetime NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche (1.698 million; 2/27/16), and was the most-watched regular-season non-Winter Classic game since the 2013-14 season (PIT-CHI; 2.759 million; 3/1/14). The game delivered a 1.12 household rating, up 17% vs. Red Wings-Avalanche (0.96).

Locally, the Penguins’ victory delivered a 16.3 rating in Pittsburgh, up 137% vs. the Penguins 2015-16 NBC regular-season rating (6.9). Philadelphia produced a 5.1 rating, up 12% vs. last season’s NBC average (4.6). NBC was the top network in both markets during the game. Digitally, the game set Stadium Series records for uniques (56,000) and live minutes (2.3 million).

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