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The Nashville Predators Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Nashville defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 to win the series 4-2 and now advance to their first Stanley Cup Final.

Here is the game winning goal by Colton Sissons, his 3rd of the game.

 

 

 

 

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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

The ducks…..c words up to the very end.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/22/17 at 10:59 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The #preds are the first No. 16 seed ever to reach the Stanley Cup final.

JUST GOT TO GET IN

Posted by TreKronor on 05/22/17 at 11:01 PM ET

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JUST GOT TO GET IN

and have a goalie pitch about .950.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/22/17 at 11:24 PM ET

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Wow, I really really really hope Nashville’s playoff success doesn’t become
a Ken Holland talking point/excuse. That team and the Red Wings as
currently constructed have very little in common.

Interesting bit of trivia:

Colton Sissons was drafted immediately after Martin Frk in 2012

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/23/17 at 12:05 AM ET

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Good to see the Preds make it in! It’s amazing what can happen, so long as you squeak on by.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/23/17 at 04:50 AM ET

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Did that beautiful pass come from Jurco, a former Wing?

Posted by w2j2 on 05/23/17 at 06:02 AM ET

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Did that beautiful pass come from Jurco, a former Wing?

Nope.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/23/17 at 07:37 AM ET

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Did that beautiful pass come from Jurco, a former Wing?

Posted by w2j2 on 05/23/17 at 06:02 AM ET

Jarnkrok.  Traded away for a few games of David Legwand so DET could lose in the first round.

Though to be fair, Jarnkrok has been a little disappointing for NAS too.  They were expecting more from him offensively.

Habs, how’s that Weber/Subban trade working out for ya’?

Posted by Primis on 05/23/17 at 08:25 AM ET

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JUST GOT TO GET IN

Posted by TreKronor on 05/22/17 at 11:01 PM ET

Good to see the Preds make it in! It’s amazing what can happen, so long as you squeak on by.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/23/17 at 04:50 AM ET

There’s no doubt that Rinne is the key. But for Wings fans that might be thinking, “If we only get in…” you’re really looking past the fact that Nashville has all the main ingredients you need to win a Cup:
1. Legitimate #1 defenseman (two of them!)
2. Legitimate #1 center
3. Reliable #1 goalie

The Wings don’t have ANY SINGLE ONE of those three things as we sit here. If the stars aligned insanely well, Larkin could take a huge step forward next year to cover #2, and Mrazek could bounce back and provide #3. Even then, the D would be hugely problematic, which in and of itself makes it harder for Larkin to be an effective scoring line center if he’s so stressed on the backcheck, or for Mrazek to keep up over a full season when the team is not able to limit chances. This is not a realistic expectation, and it would be criminal for the front office to cross their fingers that this could happen. Their job is not to cross their fingers that they can play Cinderella, it’s to do everything they can to construct a team that minimizes the need for “things to go right” in order to be successful.

Also, I mean, if you think about how the Preds played in most of the games against the Hawks and Blues, it wasn’t a case like the Kiprusoff-era Flames or JSG-era Ducks, where most of the games were incredibly tight checking and the series was always ready to turn on a bad bounce or stellar individual performance. The Preds took their top six forwards and top four defenseman and were relentless on two really really good defense corps over the course of those 10 games. Rinne’s stellar play allowed them to do that. The Preds went out and won convincingly, unlike say, their clinching game last night where they leaned heavily on a few forwards and their goalie because they have no choice with the injuries they’ve got up the middle.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/23/17 at 09:20 AM ET

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Though to be fair, Jarnkrok has been a little disappointing for NAS too.  They were expecting more from him offensively.
Posted by Primis on 05/23/17 at 08:25 AM ET

I don’t know man. He’s great defensively, he can score 15 goals and 30 points in 15-16 minutes of third line work, he’s 25 years old and under contract through 2022 at $2 million per year. Even if he’s not quite as offensively prolific as we once dared to dream, that’s still a great deal for Nashville. He’s probably a better player than Helm at five years younger and barely half the cost.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 05/23/17 at 09:26 AM ET

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Believe it or not there are a whole lot of people in Montreal hoping PK wins the cup, brings it to Mtl and has a party on Marc Bergevin’s lawn with it.

Posted by dwgs on 05/23/17 at 10:26 AM ET

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I don’t know man. He’s great defensively, he can score 15 goals and 30 points in 15-16 minutes of third line work, he’s 25 years old and under contract through 2022 at $2 million per year.

Sure, but when you compare that to the $2M a year Riley Sheahan is getting or the $1.8M that Luke Glendening will be making, it’s not so impressive, is it?

oh oh

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/23/17 at 10:29 AM ET

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There’s no doubt that Rinne is the key. But for Wings fans that might be thinking, “If we only get in…” you’re really looking past the fact that Nashville has all the main ingredients you need to win a Cup:
1. Legitimate #1 defenseman (two of them!)
2. Legitimate #1 center
3. Reliable #1 goalie

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/23/17 at 09:20 AM ET

I’d like to add, if I may:
4. Legitimate NHL coach
5. General Manager who makes trades, even though they’re really hard, and signs players to create a playoff caliber team
6. Players who are willing to battle. And battle every shift

 

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/23/17 at 10:48 AM ET

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Not only:

1. Legitimate #1 defenseman (two of them!)

but, their #3 and #4 on most other teams will be #1 and #2.

Posted by wings8 on 05/23/17 at 12:51 PM ET

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It’s pretty amazing that Nashville has gotten such good goaltending,
has such a strong defensive core, and so much skill at forward
(plus a coach to get the best out of them) that they got through without
their #1 center and #2/3 center who is also their captain.

Their two top centers are currently ol’ Iron Hook, a guy we gave away while
saying we liked Pulkkinen “a little better”. And SIssons who was picked right after Frk.

Wings are not evaluating talent very well and are not making good judgements about
how to construct a roster and how much to invest in which assets.

Poile just makes Holland look bad. He inherited a tough expansion market
and had to be good just to tread water. And when certain guys peaked or
had given about all they had, he moved on from them.

A team built like the Predators can get in on the last seed in their conference and do this.
A team built like the Wings cannot. But a GM can get a lot of miles of delusion out of the
specious rationale that all teams that just get in are created equal.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/23/17 at 01:57 PM ET

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“Fortunately” for the Wings future, we are well past the “problem” of just sneaking in
to the last spot. We are no longer even close.

As much as it would have been nice to have had much more proactive, even visionary
decision making, one would think the current state of the team, second to last to
rebuilding New Jersey, would at least be clarifying to the powers that be.

But if anyone thinks the Wings can tweak a couple things (if they can pull off
any moves at all) and sneak back in next year, it’s the current GM.

Does he truly believe what he says about doing that?

Does he truly think that most fans prefer to be fed false hope - and are
so naive that we think that remaining in limbo as a bubble team
(however unlikely even that is) is the right approach and a result to hope for?

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/23/17 at 02:11 PM ET

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Good to know there are some smart Monteralers out there. I’d love for Subban to bring the cup to the Children’s Hospital after a win, wearing a Preds jersey.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 05/23/17 at 02:55 PM ET

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