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Disappointment, Pride for Preds as Postseason Run Concludes

Nashville Falls in Game Six of Stanley Cup Final as Season Comes to End

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

What a run it was - it just wasn't supposed to end like this.

A 2-0 win by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Nashville Predators in Game Six concluded the 2017 Stanley Cup Final with the Penguins winning consecutive titles. A 2-0 score was the final in the last game of the postseason.

As the handshake line concluded and the Predators were serenaded with a 'Thank You, Predators' chant by their home crowd, the club retired to their locker room for the final time in 2016-17 to try to process and reflect on how it concluded.

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Preds Fall in Game Five, Pledge to Be Better Facing Elimination

Pittsburgh Leads Stanley Cup Final 3-2; Nashville Must Win Sunday to Keep Hopes Alive

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It just wasn't Nashville's night.

The Predators surrendered six goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins as they fell by a 6-0 final in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final. The result gives Pittsburgh a 3-2 series lead and puts the Preds on the brink ahead of Game Six, the first time they've faced elimination in these playoffs.

From the drop of the puck, Pittsburgh started on the attack, and as the Preds said in the locker room following the contest, they couldn't find an answer for the defending champions.

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Rinne, Gaudreau Star as Preds Take Game Four to Even Cup Final

Nashville Wins Both Games on Home Ice, Has Chance to Take Series Lead in Pittsburgh

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Home-ice advantage is alive and well.

Frederick Gaudreau and Pekka Rinne starred again, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-1 final in Game Four to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. The victory gives the Preds two wins on home ice and sends them back to Pittsburgh with a chance to take their first-ever lead in a Stanley Cup Final series.

A two-goal second period, combined with the effort from their netminder drove Nashville to a gutsy win that was capped when Filip Forsberg flung a puck down ice into an empty net. It was a jubilant conclusion to a two-game sweep of Games Three and Four at Bridgestone Arena in an atmosphere that has finally been showcased around the world.

And the Predators gave their fans every reason to cheer.

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Behind Raucous Home Crowd, Preds Take Game Three from Penguins

Nashville Wins Stanley Cup Final Game for First Time, Cuts Series Deficit In Half

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The visitors struck first, but on this night, that just wasn't going to fly.

Five different goal-scorers converted for the Nashville Predators as they won their first Stanley Cup Final game in franchise history with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three. The result cuts Pittsburgh's series lead in half, pulling Nashville to within one game of tying the Final after a blowout win at Bridgestone Arena.

It was a complete effort from the Preds, similar to the ones they've shown in Games One and Two of the final, minus the defensive lapses that cost Nashville in Pittsburgh. After giving up the first one on Saturday, it was all Predators.

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Tough Start to Third Period Leads Preds to Fall in Game Two

Nashville Heads Home Looking for First Win in Stanley Cup Final

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A three-goal outburst to start the third period gave the Pittsburgh Penguins what they needed to defeat the Nashville Predators, 4-1, in Game Two and take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

The two clubs entered the third period locked in a 1-1 tie, but Pittsburgh exploded for three goals in less than four minutes to start the final frame, leading the team to its second win in as many tries to begin the series.

As they did in Game One, Nashville had long stretches that saw them outplay the opposition, but an opportunistic Penguins team made the most of their chances once more, leading to Wednesday's result.

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Preds Erase Three-Goal Deficit Before Falling to Penguins in Game One

Nashville Holds Pittsburgh to 12 Shots, Preds Pleased with Effort in Game One

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After going down 3-0, the Nashville Predators came all the way back to even the score - but their opponent found a way to prevail.

Jake Guentzel scored the winner with 3:17 remaining in regulation and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Predators by a 5-3 final in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena. The loss is Nashville's first to start a series in these playoffs, marking the first time they've trailed in a series in 2017.

Nashville held the Penguins to just 12 shots on goal on the night - including zero in the second period alone - but Pittsburgh ended up on the winning end of the Predators first Stanley Cup Final contest in franchise history.

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Preds Win Western Conference, Clinch Berth in Stanley Cup Final

Colton Sissons Tallies Hat Trick, Nashville Will Play for Stanley Cup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will have at least one banner to hang in Bridgestone Arena next fall.

Colton Sissons recorded a hat trick and the Preds defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 6-3 final in Game Six to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. It's undoubtedly the most monumental victory the team has ever had, and although they're not done yet, they're going to enjoy this one for the night.

"It's a dream come true," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "But it's a funny thing, though. With everything that's happening around us, you still feel hungry, and now we have a chance to play for the Cup. It's a pretty amazing feeling. And you've been working for that for a long, long time."

Game Six couldn't have started any better for the Preds, as Austin Watson threw a puck at the net just 1:21 into the contest, and the shot found its way off an Anaheim defender and past Jonathan Bernier for a 1-0 Nashville lead. Sissons doubled that number at the 8:47 mark, wiring a shot into the twine to give the Preds a 2-0 advantage after one period.

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Depth Comes Through, Preds Take 3-2 Lead in Western Conference Final

Pontus Aberg Scores Game-Winner, Nashville Moves One Win Away from Stanley Cup Final

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

In Game Five of the Western Conference Final, the Nashville Predators faced their biggest bout of adversity yet. No problem.

Pontus Aberg tallied the winner in the third period and the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-1 count in Game Five to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Nashville is now just one win away from reaching their first Stanley Cup Final as they gutted out one of their most complete victories of the postseason without their two top centerman.

After Ryan Johansen suffered a thigh injury in Game Four that ended his season, and with Captain Mike Fisher out for Game Five as well, the Preds regrouped up front and found new ways to shut the Ducks down.

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Preds Force Overtime, Ducks Win Game Four to Even Series

Nashville Stages Comeback Again but Anaheim Scores in OT

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators roared back once more, but it was the Anaheim Ducks who got the final shot.

After the Predators tied the score with less than a minute to play, Corey Perry got credit for the winner in overtime as the Ducks defeated the Predators, 3-2, to even the Western Conference Final at two games apiece. The loss snaps Nashville's 10-game home postseason win streak and sees them faced with a 2-2 series for the first time in these playoffs.

Nashville looked like themselves during the second and third period, as well as points in the extra session, but a slow start gave Anaheim the chance to take a lead, forcing the Preds to chase from behind in a game where they never had the advantage on the scoreboard.

"The guys know what we're capable of, and there's a standard to which we measure ourselves and how we need to play, and we weren't close to it [in the first period]," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We got going in the second period and at least competed better. We lost the period, but I thought we competed better and started to press more. And then in the third period we really got going. But, you know, it's about consistency. And we could have been better in the first."

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Forsberg, Josi Complete Comeback, Preds Take Game Three

Nashville Wins 10th Consecutive Playoff Game at Home, Takes 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg tied it, Roman Josi finished it.

Two goals in the third period led to a comeback win for the Nashville Predators as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 2-1 final in Game Three to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final. The victory stretches Nashville's postseason win streak at Bridgestone Arena to 10 games, with the Preds yet to lose consecutive contests in these playoffs.

Entering into the third period trailing 1-0, Nashville put on one of their most impressive pushes of these playoffs. Four pucks entered the Anaheim net in the final frame, and although only two of them counted, that was all the Preds needed in their first conference final home game in club history.

"We just had to stick with it, honestly, and just keep pushing," Preds Captain Mike Fisher said. "We felt good about our game the whole game. We just couldn't find a goal the first couple periods, but we just kept coming and found a way on the power play."

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