The Sharks’ dream Game 7 was, necessarily, a nightmare for Nashville. Or: You don’t lose an elimination game 5-0, getting outshot 17-3 in the first and only managing 20 shots on goal of your own all night, without just about everything going wrong.
The Predators are counter-punchers. They fought back from 3-2 down to make it to the second round. They fought back from being outplayed in the multiple overtimes of Game 4 against the Sharks to snatch a win. With their backs up against the wall again last night, they fought back from an early two-goal hole, and a…
What would a triple-OT game be without some controversy? Two periods before Mike Fisher won it for Nashville to knot up the series, San Jose’s Joe Pavelski thought he had finished things off, scoring from his belly (and with Pekka Rinne pinned beneath him). It was a mess.
Nashville’s Mike Fisher scored off the rebound at 11:12 of the third overtime period to give the Predators a 4-3 win and even the series against San Jose at two games apiece. It was Fisher’s second goal of the game—though it came more than 100 minutes after his first.
The NHL’s playoff bracket is a little bit broken when each conference’s best two teams are playing each other in the second round, but a nice side effect is that we’re getting close series—and through two games, they look close all around. That includes Sharks-Predators, even if San Jose is up 2-0. Nashville was the…
The Predators franchise had never played a Game 7 before, and only six players on the roster had ever been in a winner-take-all game for other teams. Maybe, the Ducks might say, that was an advantage.
During warmups before tonight’s Toronto-Nashville game, Maple Leafs forward Rich Clune and Predators forward Cody Bass got into a somewhat heated confrontation:
I say this without hyperbole: this might be the most improbable thing that’s ever happened in sports. With a wide open net two feet away in overtime, Nashville’s Craig Smith shot the puck—somehow got his stick in front of it—and blocked his own shot.
Today’s three-way trade involving the Coyotes, Predators, and Canadiens will have little impact on the teams’ rosters, but it will affect the NHL’s All-Star Weekend on Jan. 30-31. Former Coyote John Scott, who was voted in as the Pacific Division’s captain, most likely won’t be in Nashville for the festivities as a…
Big ol’ trade in the NHL today, with Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn going to the Kings for—holy crap wouldja look at this one? Screw that Kings deal. We’ve got a good, old-fashioned, 1-for-1, star-for-star hockey trade! Nashville sends d-man Seth Jones to Columbus in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.
There is something in the water that is causing an epidemic of diving stick saves, and it is glorious. Here is Carter Hutton firmly declaring his candidacy for save of the year with this amazing reflexive swat, keeping Nashville's 4-3 lead intact late in the third period.
Were you watching the Predators at Blues match-up on Fox Sports Tennessee tonight, and thought you might've heard some porn? Well, you did!
Whether Matt Cooke was frustrated with a two-goal deficit or just in a mood to instigate, he cross-checked Shea Weber in the third period of Saturday night's Predators-Wild game. His stick hit Weber right in the nose, and the Predators captain proceeded to beat the fuck out of Cooke.
The Toronto Maple Leafs got absolutely shellacked at home tonight, giving up five third-period goals to the Predators en route to a 9-2 loss. Leafs fans were so mad that one of them tossed their jersey onto the ice late in the third period:
Flames forward Devin Setoguchi had to have thought, if only for a split second, that he scored. Ninety-five percent of the puck crossed the goal line on his shot, but before that final five percent could, Predators center Derek Roy backhanded it away. This is why we have goal line technology.
Here's a really worrying portent for the accuracy of Shea Weber's slapshot, as tweeted out by teammate Seth Jones:
[Robert Bortuzzo and Colin Wilson go at it during last night's Penguins-Predators game. That's, um, a lot of blood. AP/Mark Humphrey]
It sounds like hyperbole, but tonight's save by Predators goalie Carter Hutton will likely be the best of the season when it's all over. Absurd.
Nashville put up a very red-white-and-blue victory over Toronto on Thursday, with Americans notching all four goals and seven of the eight assists. To celebrate, the Predators put together this foot-stomping, air-guitar-shredding, manifest-destiny-realizing highlight video. Today, we are all Predators.