There may have been only one NHL game on Saturday night, but the Nashville Predators
made some history as they finally won a game when their season was on the line. Thanks to the heroics of players such as Joel Ward
and David Legwand
, the Predators forced a Game 6 in the Western Conference Semifinals with a pulsating 4-3 win at Vancouver.
So, while the Eastern Conference Finals are set (No. 3 Boston vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay), things are still very unsettled in the West as the Detroit Red Wings
also extended their series with the San Jose Sharks
on Friday night.
Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Rinne understands significance of Saturday's win
knew going into Rogers Arena on Saturday that Game 5 against the Vancouver Canucks
was a big one because it was the first time in Predators' history that they were facing elimination in the second round. Following the 4-3 win, which was backed by Rinne's 31 saves, the goaltender labeled it the biggest game in franchise history. Dan Rosen reports from Rogers Arena
It's déjà vu for Canucks
Seventeen days after their last opportunity to close out a series in five games, the Vancouver Canucks
were once again unable to seal the deal in a 4-3 loss to Nashville. Dhiren Mahiban spoke with some members of the team afterwards
, and they're hopeful they've learned their lesson.
Ward hopes to win one for Mom
's mother moved from Barbados to Canada in 1962. Nearly 40 years later, her son scored arguably the two biggest goals of his life in the Nashville Predators
' 4-3 win at Vancouver. Dan Rosen reports on Joel's dream
to bring the Stanley Cup to her home this summer.
Role players coming up big for Sharks, Wings
When it comes to third and fourth lines, they are usually first and foremost among reasons why teams make deep runs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But depth has been the story this postseason, and it's been on display during the Western Conference Semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings
and San Jose Sharks
. Dave Lozo has the latest from San Jose
Helm helps Wings end run of close losses
The Detroit Red Wings
needed to prove to themselves that they could win a close game against the San Jose Sharks
. As Brian Hedger reports, Darren Helm's late goal on Friday night
helped the Wings gain some confidence.
Goaltending, lack of offense part of Flyers' demise
The Philadelphia Flyers
are left scratching their heads following a four-game sweep against the Boston Bruins
in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. What caused the quick exit? Mike Morreale has some answers