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Senators lead 4-0 after one period.

All four goals...


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A Road Well Traveled For The Anaheim Ducks

from Kevin Baxter of the LA Times,

Thursday’s playoff contest will be the eighth in 14 days for the Ducks, who have gone consecutive days without a game just once in the last two weeks.

Add in the five charter flights that covered more than 9,000 miles and three time zones between those games and the postseason has become a grind for the Pacific Division champs.

“Yeah, it’s hard,” said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, whose team trails the Nashville Predators 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. “So you have to manage yourself. You have to do things in terms of recovery and rest that give you the best chance.

“These are the moments you hope the summer [workouts] pay off and your nutrition and the things you do away from the rink pay off. When you get in the game your energy level takes over. Your adrenaline starts going.”


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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Making this one quick, Ottawa wins tonight.

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, series tied 1-1, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

The comment section is yours.

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Afternoon Line- Craig Leipold

via Michael Russo tweets,

"A lot of good things happened last yr. We just ended up bad. We have to identify what happened there, & we need to address those"

"I’m not satisfied where we are. In my feeling with the playoffs, we took a step back, and we never expected that."

 "We didn’t think that was going to happen, so it’s causing us to think, ‘What do we need to do?’"

Russo has more in his Twitter feed on this topic.

added 6:11pm, Russo has now posted a story on this at the Star Tribune.

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Despite Injuries To The Pittsburgh Penguins, They Continue To Play On

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby had a conversation this morning at a University of Ottawa ice pad with the latest candidate to quarterback the best power play left standing in these unpredictable, injury-riddled playoffs: Mark Streit, who has been warming the Penguins’ bench for 38 days.

Streit is the savvy 39-year-old puck mover GM Jim Rutherford scooped at the trade deadline from bitter intrastate rival Philadelphia, with a primary assist from Steve Yzerman.

He has more than 800 games of experience when you count his 31 post-season appearances, and was brought in for his depth. But who knew the defending champs would have to reach this deep to patch up a blue line that is in shambles?

“He hasn’t actually played, so I was giving him an idea what we’re looking for and kinda seeing what he sees out there too,” Crosby said of his conversation with Streit, who point-manned the first power-play unit at practice.

The Penguins enter Game 3 without Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist, and, most importantly, defenceman Justin Schultz (all three skated and are day-to-day with upper-body injuries).


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Video- Hits Of The Week

Two minutes to watch.


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This Is “Preds Hockey”

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Every once in a while, the right team lands in the right town, playing the right game in front of the right people. And the result is magical — even for a jaded old hockey writer and a bunch of “never too high, never too low” hockey players.

Here in Smashville, one of those Gary Bettman landing spots where we questioned how the Predators would steal enough fans from NASCAR and college football, that mix has come together perfectly this spring.

The Predators aren’t wine, cheese and a string quartet, man. They play the game like the guy over at Tootsie’s bends his six strings — you can hear ‘em coming, and after a night at Bridgestone your head hurts the next morning.

“Preds Hockey” means they’ll trade paint with anyone, and fly around the ice at Bridgestone like the Tennessee defence. And they fight — even in the playoffs — which folks here approve of even more than we do up in Canada.

In return for this Tennessee hockey, their people cheer. And stand. And drink. And have more chants, with 17,000 folks in perfect unison, than the other 29 NHL rinks put together.


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John Gibson Deserved Better In Anaheim’s Loss To Nashville

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Against all logic, John Gibson seemed OK.

His eyes were clear. He did not need a standing 8-count. He even knew how many fingers the Nashville Predators were holding aloft. Two, in this case, to Anaheim’s one.

Without Gibson, the Ducks might have been mercy-ruled.

The 23-year-old goaltender took a head shot from Mike Fisher that stunned him briefly. He took a slap shot from Victor Arvidsson that burrowed deep into his right shoulder, one of the few places a goalie’s armor doesn’t reach.

Nashville is in the middle of an economic boom, largely thanks to conventions. The Goaltender Battering Association of North America kicked off its annual meeting in front of, behind and all around Gibson.

He took spills on two Nashville goals that were nullified by the officials, bringing a torrent of protest, and yellow towels, to the Bridgestone Arena ice.

In the end he was beaten by a puck he didn’t see. Gibson looked for a rebound that he thought was in the left corner, but it actually bounced out to Roman Josi on the right side, and his power-play goal with 2:43 left beat the Ducks, 2-1. That also gave Nashville a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.


Game highlights are below and added at 8:06am, Randy Carlyle post-game...

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NHL Short Notes

Ryan Ellis notched an assist on the tying goal early in the third period and Roman Josi scored the go-ahead marker with 2:43 remaining in regulation as the Predators extended their playoff home winning streak to 10 games to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final.


* The Predators’ 10-game winning streak in home playoff games – which includes a 6-0 mark at Bridgestone Arena in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs – began in Game 6 of the 2016 First Round vs. ANA. The run marks the 15th instance in NHL history of a team winning at least 10 consecutive home playoff games, with Nashville being the 10th team to accomplish the feat in the League’s expansion era (since 1967-68).
* The Predators joined the Avalanche (11-0 from 1996-97) and Red Wings (10-0 from 1997-98) as the only teams to win at least 10 consecutive home playoff games over the past 28 years.
* Josi, who tallied the first game-winning goal of his playoff career (43 GP), became the seventh player to score a go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of regulation this postseason.
* Josi (5-5—10) and Ellis (4-6—10) each recorded their 10th point of the playoffs to establish a record for points by a Predators defenseman in a single postseason. They share second in the League in scoring among defensemen, with P.K. Subban (1-7—8; t-4th) and Mattias Ekholm (0-7—7; t-7th) also in the top 10.
* Elias notes that the Predators lead the League with 36 points from defensemen in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and have had an NHL-high 36.7% of their points come from the blue line.

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Video- No Goal, No Goal Nashville

IMO, both ggod calls but the first one is a little iffy.


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