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Stanley Cup Final Game Six: Penguins vs. Preds

Nashville Faced with Must-Win Game Six in Cup Final

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Stanley Cup will be in the building tonight, and the Nashville Predators are intent on keeping it in the box.

Game Six between the Preds and Pittsburgh Penguins takes place this evening at Bridgestone Arena, and with the Penguins holding a 3-2 series lead, the Predators are facing elimination for the first time in the 2017 postseason.

The home team has won every game so far in this series, including a 6-0 Pittsburgh victory in Game Five. The Predators know they have no choice but to win tonight, a challenge they're embracing.

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Stanley Cup Final Game Five: Preds at Penguins

Nashville Looks to Win on the Road and Take First Lead in Stanley Cup Final

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators took two of two in front of the home crowd to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. Now, they'll take the show on the road in search of a victory in Pittsburgh in Game Five of the Final at PPG Paints Arena.

The Preds won Game Three by a 5-1 final before following that up with a 4-1 victory in Game Four, meaning Nashville and Pittsburgh have yet to lose on home ice in the Final. It now comes down to a best-of-three for the Cup, meaning Nashville is simply going to have to win a game on the road, a fact Preds head Coach Peter Laviolette addressed on Tuesday.

"We have to win a road game - there's no other way around it," Laviolette said. "For three series, we've been able to do that. We've been able to find some success on the road. We'll look to go into Pittsburgh [and take] Game Five. We have to at some point. We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point."

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Stanley Cup Final Game Four: Penguins vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Even Series Before Heading Back to Pittsburgh

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a historic Game Three went in favor of the home team, the Nashville Predators will try to replicate their efforts and tie the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

Down two games to none in the Final entering Saturday night, the Preds punched a 5-1 victory to claim their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history in the city's first Stanley Cup game that saw an estimated 50,000 fans turn out on Broadway for the celebration.

The energy was palpable inside too, as five different goal scorers found the back to the net for Nashville, including Frederick Gaudreau who became the 11th different Predators skater to record a game-winning goal in these playoffs.

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Stanley Cup Final Game Three: Penguins vs. Preds

Nashville Returns Home in Search of First Cup Final Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Another milestone in the franchise history of the Nashville Predators will be achieved by sundown.

As the Stanley Cup Final shifts to Music City, the Preds and Bridgestone Arena will host the Cup Final for the first time with Game Three tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nashville trails 2-0 in the series that saw Pittsburgh win Games One and Two at PPG Paints Arena, and the chance now exists for the Predators to take two at home, just as their opponents have done.

The Predators remain without the services of Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala, and forward Colin Wilson did not participate in Games One or Two due to injury. Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan said Friday that forward Nick Bonino is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will be a gametime decision tonight.

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Stanley Cup Final Game Two: Preds at Penguins

Nashville Looks to Even Cup Final with Win in Game Two

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Stanley Cup Final continues tonight as the Nashville Predators look for their first Cup Final victory when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two from PPG Paints Arena.

Nashville staged a three-goal comeback in Game One when they tied the score at 3-3 in the third period. But moments after James Neal hit the crossbar, Jake Guentzel scored the game-winner for Pittsburgh to help them to a 5-3 win and a 1-0 series lead.

The Predators now turn their attention to building off of what they say was a solid effort in Game One, holding Pittsburgh to just 12 shots on goal - including zero in the second period - as they try to reverse their fortunes tonight.

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Stanley Cup Final Game One: Preds at Penguins

Nashville Set for First Stanley Cup Final Meeting in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Every young hockey player dreams about one day competing for the Stanley Cup. For a select few, that dream becomes reality tonight.

Game One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins comes this evening at PPG Paints Arena, the first time the Preds have ever appeared in the Final. It's the second consecutive year the Penguins have reached this point, beating San Jose last season to capture their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now, the Predators will try to knock off the defending champs.

Nashville got here by defeating Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim as they made their way through the West, compiling a 12-4 record to this point. Pittsburgh worked past Columbus, Washington and Ottawa, defeating the Capitals and Senators in seven games to reach the Final.

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Western Conference Final, Game Six: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Clinch Berth in Stanley Cup Final Tonight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators return home tonight for the biggest game in franchise history and a chance to go where they've never gone before.

With a 3-1 win in Game Five of the Western Conference Final over the Anaheim Ducks, the Preds are one victory away from clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, a possibility they can't help but think about. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"The guys know what the next step is, and it's going to be a hard-fought game," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "So whatever pushes your buttons to make you realize where you're going to be at, then I think they have to be dialed in for that game. So if that's one way of motivating, that's a good way."

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Western Conference Final, Game Five: Preds at Ducks

Nashville Faces Best-of-Three Without Services of Ryan Johansen

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks has now turned into a best-of-three, with the series shifting back to Anaheim this evening. The team that comes away with a victory in Game Five will be one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, and the Predators are looking forward to that chance.

However, Nashville will enter Game Five without the services of one of their top players. Center Ryan Johansen, who leads the team in scoring in these playoffs with 13 points, sustained a left thigh injury in Game Four that required emergency surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Johansen's surgery was successful, but he will miss the remainder of the playoffs for the Predators.

Game Four saw Nashville battle back once more in the third period to even the score at 2-2 with 35 seconds to play in regulation, courtesy of Filip Forsberg, but Corey Perry ended it in overtime to give the Ducks their second win of the series. 

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Western Conference Final, Game Four: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Keep Their Home Playoff Win Streak Alive in Game Four

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The first-ever Western Conference Final game at Bridgestone Arena was a smashing success, and tonight, the Nashville Predators have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Anaheim Ducks.

A comeback win in Game Three gave the Predators their 10th consecutive postseason victory at home, a feat not seen in decades (more on that below). Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi tallied in the third period after the Preds trailed 1-0, giving them their fourth come-from-behind win of the postseason. Pekka Rinne earned his 10th win of the playoffs, giving up just a single goal or fewer for the seventh time in the current postseason.

Now the attention turns to Game Four, another opportunity for the Predators to go further than they ever have before.

"Our mindset the whole playoffs is to take it one game at a time, and we knew coming back in our building that we played a lot of good hockey in our building - this whole playoffs and this season," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "And we wanted to make sure that out of the two games, we got the first one. We did that. And now we're looking forward to the intensity ramping up for the second game at home."

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Western Conference Final, Game Three: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Returns Home to Host First Conference Final Game in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After splitting Games One and Two of the Western Conference Final, the series between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks now shifts to Bridgestone Arena, beginning tonight with Game Three.

Nashville came away a winner in overtime courtesy of a tally from James Neal before falling in Game Two of the series by a 5-3 final. Neal scored again in Game Two and Ryan Johansen recorded a goal and assist, his third consecutive multipoint outing.

The Preds jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game Two, but a late first-period goal for the Ducks, followed by three more in the second, gave them their first victory of the series. Now the Preds return home for the first-ever conference final game in Nashville. 

"It's the loudest building I've played in the NHL," defenseman P.K. Subban said of Bridgestone Arena. "I can't say enough about our fan base and the community and the state of Tennessee and the city of Nashville on how they supported us through this run so far. And I would expect that to continue."

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