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Season Concludes as Preds Fall to Stars in Overtime

Dallas Defeats Nashville 4-2 in Round One Series as Postseason Run Ends for Predators

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators lose to Stars in OT

NSH Recap: Preds eliminated after OT loss in Game 6

Austin Watson opened the scoring and Pekka Rinne made 49 saves, but the Predators were eliminated following a 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars

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The Nashville Predators gave it all they had on Monday night in Dallas - it just wasn't meant to be.

John Klingberg scored at 17:02 of the first overtime to send the Stars to the second round with a 2-1 victory and a 4-2 series win.

The result sees Nashville's postseason run come to an end, a truth that came sooner than anyone had hoped.

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Preds Facing Elimination After Game 5 Loss to Stars

Grimaldi, Johansen, Turris Score for Nashville in Defeat; Predators to Face Elimination Monday in Dallas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall to Stars, 5-3

NSH Recap: Predators drop Game 5, season on the brink

Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen, and Kyle Turris each scored a goal, but the Predators suffered a 5-3 loss to the Stars in Game 5

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The Predators are down to their last chance.

Dallas defeated Nashville, 5-3, in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena to take a 3-2 lead in the Round One series.

The Preds got the first goal in Game 5, but Dallas scored five for the second-consecutive contest and have now won two-straight games after Nashville did the same in Games 2 and 3.

On Saturday, the Predators credited the Stars for playing well, but the errors the home team made on the day didn't fall in their favor, either.

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Series Even at 2-2 as Preds Fall to Stars in Game 4

Nashville Surrenders Four Goals in First Period; Series Now Best-of-Three

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall in Game 4, 5-1

NSH Recap: Josi scores in Game 4 loss to Stars

Roman Josi scored the lone goal for the Predators as they suffered a 5-1 loss to the Stars in Game 4, evening the series

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The Dallas Stars scored four goals in the first period on their way to defeating the Nashville Predators by a 5-1 final in Game 4 on Wednesday night. The result sees the Round One series now tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Saturday in Nashville, and Game 6 now becoming a necessity in the best-of-seven set.

Three of Dallas's four goals in the opening frame came on the power play, and although the Preds settled things down in the final 40 minutes with Roman Josi getting the Preds on the board in the third, the early returns were simply too much to overcome.

"We're definitely angry about this one," Josi said. "Everybody's angry. I think it's normal after a game like that, but that's playoffs. At the end of the day you have to look at it, but you have to put it in the trash tomorrow and then look forward. It's one game, but we're definitely angry about it."

"It's tough to see the scoreboard go that way," Preds center Nick Bonino said. "We came out and had four good shifts. Each line had a good shift 5-on-5, and obviously we got into penalty trouble and our kill has been so solid for a couple months now. You never want to see three go in like that."

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Granlund Gets Winner, Rinne Stars in Dallas as Preds Take Series Lead

Nashville Scores Three, Rinne Stops 40 as Predators Top Stars in Game 3 for 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 3, DAL 2

Rinne makes 40 saves as Predators win Game 3

Pekka Rinne turned aside 40 shots and Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd to help the Predators beat the Stars, 3-2, in Game 3

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Rocco Grimaldi started it, Filip Forsberg continued it, Mikael Granlund clinched it and Pekka Rinne saved the night.

Three goals and the save of the series led the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 3 on Monday night. The result gives the Preds consecutive wins and a 2-1 lead in Round One.

The Predators say Game 3 didn't showcase their best - Dallas outshot Nashville by a 42-28 margin and came back from a 2-0 deficit, but Rinne stopped 40 on the night, and Granlund's seeing-eye shot found a way to steal one in Texas.

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Smith Scores OT Winner, Preds Beat Stars to Even Series

Nashville Defeats Dallas in Overtime as Smith, Grimaldi Play Heroes in Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: DAL 1, NSH 2 - F/OT

Predators tie series with Smith's OT goal

Craig Smith scored the overtime winner as the Predators evened the series with a 2-1 victory against the Stars in Game 2

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The Predators needed a hero - and Craig Smith wasn't about to let his club down.

The veteran Nashville winger deposited his first-career postseason overtime goal exactly five minutes into the extra session to give the Preds a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 2 and even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

After dropping Game 1 on Wednesday, the last thing the Predators wanted to do was head to Dallas down by two games. A complete, consistent effort three nights later set them up for success, and Smith put the exclamation point on the outing.

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Preds Fall to Stars in Playoff Opener

Josi, Subban Score for Nashville in Game 1; Predators Say Dallas Was Quicker Team in Loss

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators lose Game 1

NSH Recap: Josi, Subban score in Game 1 loss

Roman Josi opened the scoring and P.K. Subban cut the deficit to one in the 3rd, but the Predators suffered a 3-2 loss to the Stars in Game 1

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P.K. Subban scored late, but the Predators were unable to complete the comeback as they fell in Game 1 to the Dallas Stars, 3-2, at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives the Stars a 1-0 series lead in the first-ever postseason meeting between the two clubs.

The start to Wednesday's contest couldn't have gone much better for the home team, with Nashville creating plenty of chances and claiming the game's first goal. Things turned at the beginning of the second stanza, however, as Dallas was the faster team for the next 30 minutes.

The Preds found their legs once more late in the game, but Dallas held off the final pushes to come into a hostile environment and start the series off with a win.

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Preds Clinch Central Division Again, Come Back to Beat Blackhawks

Nashville Scores Five Unanswered in Regular-Season Finale to Repeat as Division Champs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: CHI 2, NSH 5

Predators become Central Division champs with 5-2 win

Viktor Arvidsson set a franchise record for goals in a season with 34, and the Predators clinched the Central Division with their 5-2 victory

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The Central Division crown is staying in Tennessee.

Dante Fabbro's first started the comeback, and Viktor Arvidsson's record-breaking 34th was the winner as the Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a 5-2 final to clinch the Central Division and home-ice advantage through at least the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With the victory Nashville finished the 2018-19 season with exactly 100 points in the standings, good for a second-consecutive division title, and the Preds will face the Dallas Stars in the first round of the postseason as a result.

As the game got older, the Predators got better. They scored twice in the second and three more in the third on their way to accomplishing one of the goals that was set forth way back in September during training camp.

Now, on this first week of April, that goal has been accomplished.

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Johansen Leads Preds to Dramatic Win, Spot Atop Central Division

Nashville Scores Go-Ahead Goal with 19.5 Seconds to Play, Can Win Central Division on Saturday Night

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: VAN 2, NSH 3

Predators score three unanswered goals in 3-2 win

The Predators roared back from a 2-0 deficit and scored three unanswered goals on their way to a 3-2 win over the Canucks

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They're two points closer to another division title.

Nick Bonino tied the game with less than five minutes to play in regulation, and just when it seemed overtime would be a necessity, Ryan Johansen got a member's bounce with 19.5 seconds left to give the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The win gives the Preds 98 points on the season, and coupled with a Winnipeg loss in overtime on Tuesday, Nashville sits alone at the top of the Central Division with one game to go.

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Johansen Tallies Winner as Preds Top Sabres, Gain in Central Division

Nashville Back into Tie Atop Division, Watson Solid in Return to Lineup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

Recap: NSH 3, BUF 2

Subban, Johansen pace Predators past Sabres, 3-2

P.K. Subban recorded a goal and an assist, while Ryan Johansen provided the go-ahead goal in the 3rd to lead the Predators to a 3-2 victory

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They're right back up at the top.

Ryan Johansen got the winner in the third period and the Nashville Predators took care of business on Tuesday night, recording a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres to get back up to the top of the Central Division with 96 points, good enough to tie Winnipeg.

With two games to go in the regular season, a chance at a second consecutive division crown is just the opportunity Nashville wanted. A 6-2-1 mark in their last nine games has pushed the Predators back into a favorable position coming down the stretch.

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Arvidsson Ties Record as Preds Fall to Blue Jackets in Fabbro's Debut

Nashville Winger Scores 33rd Goal of Season; Preds Remain Tied for First in Central Division

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds lose to Blue Jackets, 5-2

NSH Recap: Arvidsson, Forsberg score in 5-2 loss

Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg each scored a goal, but the Predators were defeated by the Blue Jackets, 5-2

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Viktor Arvidsson tied a club record, but the Nashville Predators ultimately fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 5-2 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result ends Nashville's two-game win streak and keeps them tied for first in the Central Division with 94 points.

The Predators kept pace with one of the League's hottest teams to open the contest, but Columbus began to pull away as time went on, a fact that left a disappointing feeling in the Nashville locker room when it was all over.

"In the first I don't like the way the score went," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We're chasing the game, and it seems like we get in those situations, we haven't responded very well. We did fight back to cut it to one in the second period, but I think just the start, I don't think it was that we weren't ready to play or we were out-played necessarily in the first period, but the scoreboard goes in a different direction."

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