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Fiddler, Subban Star as Preds Take Game One Against Blues

Nashville Rallies After Injury to Kevin Fiala, Remain Undefeated in 2017 Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Vernon Fiddler had the perfect touch.

P.K. Subban recorded three points and Fiddler tallied the game-winner with just over five minutes left in regulation, and the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game One by a 4-3 final on Wednesday night at Scottrade Center. The win gives the Predators a 1-0 series lead in Round Two and a perfect 5-0 record in these playoffs.

The first postseason meeting between the Predators and the Blues had a little bit of everything, and after St. Louis mounted a third-period comeback, it was a 36-year-old veteran who put Nashville on top.

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Preds Win Game Four to Sweep Blackhawks, Advance to Second Round

Nashville Completes Series Sweep for First Time, Advances to Second Round for Second Consecutive Year

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Break out the brooms.

Led by two goals from Roman Josi and another stellar performance from Pekka Rinne, the Nashville Predators completed the first sweep in franchise history, knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks in four straight games and winning Game Four, 4-1.

For the second consecutive postseason, the Preds have punched their ticket to Round Two, awaiting the winner of the St. Louis/Minnesota series, and it only took them four games to do so.

"I'm just happy for the guys and the way we played," Captain Mike Fisher said. "Everyone just kind of chipping in and doing their job. We surprised a lot of people, but not ourselves."

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Fiala Scores in Overtime, Preds Take 3-0 Series Lead

Filip Forsberg Scored Twice in the Third, Kevin Fiala Wins it in OT to Give Nashville Their First 3-0 Series Lead in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Kevin Fiala has put the Chicago Blackhawks on the brink.

Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and Fiala ended it in overtime as the Nashville Predators came back to defeat the Blackhawks by a 3-2 final in Game Three on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Nashville trailed 2-0 headed into the third period, but two goals from Forsberg changed everything before Fiala ended it shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.

It now gives Nashville a chance to sweep the Blackhawks on Thursday night, a task that won't be easy, but is certainly doable.

"It's a big win for us, but we have to come back with the same mindset," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "They played a very good game, and we clawed and fought our way back in overtime."

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Preds Shut Out Hawks Again, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Four Players Score Their First Playoff Goals in 5-0 Rout in Game Two

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

They did it again.

Pekka Rinne made 30 more saves and the Nashville Predators shutout the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0, in Game Two to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday night at the United Center. Goals from five different players gave the Preds a perfect start on the road in the postseason for the second consecutive year, sending them home having shut out the Blackhawks in back-to-back games, the first two road playoff shutouts in franchise history.

"We knew that we would play better [than we did in Game One]... and the guys did a great job tonight," Rinne said. "I think there was high execution, and again defensively, we played really strong."

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Rinne, Preds Shut Out Blackhawks to Take Game One

Goaltender Stops 29 Shots, Arvidsson Scores Lone Tally in Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne didn't give the Chicago Blackhawks a single thing.

The veteran netminder made 29 saves as the Nashville Predators took Game One from Chicago by a 1-0 final on Thursday night at the United Center. The victory gives the Preds a 1-0 series lead in the Round One matchup with Chicago, and the first road playoff shutout in Nashville franchise history.

"Now the series is on," Rinne said. "You have to remember it's just Game One, but any time you want to get off to a good start and start the series the right way, it obviously feels great to be up 1-0. But now they call it a series, right?"

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Preds Lose Game, Higher Playoff Seed Late

Ellis Scores Shorthanded for Preds, But Jets Get Shorthanded Goal of Their Own for Game-Winner

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Blake Wheeler scored with less than a minute remaining and the Winnipeg Jets came back to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Saturday night at MTS Centre. The result gives the Preds 94 points to conclude the 2016-17 regular season and the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, meaning they'll face the Chicago Blackhawks in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators had a 1-0 lead and were pleased with their play for a majority of the night, but the Jets scored twice in the final 10 minutes to seal Nashville's playoff opponent.

"Tonight, we liked our play for a lot of the game, but not in the end," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "We had to rely on [goaltender Pekka Rinne] too much. He had some big saves and deserved better, but we have a lot of hockey that hopefully we can play coming up."

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Arvidsson Hits 30 Goals, Preds Score Seven in Dallas

Viktor Arvidsson Leads Nashville with Four Points in Win Over Stars

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Viktor Arvidsson recorded two goals and four points as the Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars by a 7-3 final on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. The victory gives Nashville 41 wins, 94 points and still gives them a chance at third in the Central Division before the regular season concludes this weekend.

The Preds struck early and often, owning a 5-0 lead at one point, and after the Stars brought it to within two, Nashville buckled down and finished the job.

"We were able to get an early goal," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "For me, that can always set the tone of a game. Just a good play putting the puck at the net and somebody going to the net. I thought first period was good, but the second period I thought we got a little bit sloppy when it was 4-0. We gave them some opportunities coming back the other way, but then we tightened it up in the third period again. I was happy with the game."

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Preds Conclude Home Schedule with OT Loss

Miikka Salomaki, Brad Hunt Crack Nashville Lineup in Final Regular-Season Home Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Thomas Hickey scored the winner in overtime and the New York Islanders defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds collected their 92nd point of the season in the loss, giving them a 24-9-8 home record to conclude the 2016-17 slate.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, the Predators saw the Islanders tie the game in the third before winning it in the extra session.

"It's not the way we wanted to play the last home game, but we played against a desperate team and a good team," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It probably wasn't our best game, but still we got the lead in the third period. We had the game 1-0, and we let it slip away. Going into OT, sometimes you only need one chance. They only had one shot and it was a goal and that's how it goes sometimes."

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Preds Unable to Clinch with Loss to Blues

Nashville Outshoots, Outchances St. Louis, but Falls in Second Half of Back-to-Back

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The potential was there to take third place in the Central Division and clinch a spot in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but instead Nashville will settle for scoreboard watching after a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon at Scottrade Center.

Nashville's 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday set up a pivotal contest in St. Louis on Sunday with the Preds and Blues both at 91 points. The Predators outshot the Blues by a 36-25 count and had plenty of chances on the day, but it was the home team that cashed in.

"I thought we played hard," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "The chances were in our favor, shots in our favor, made a couple mistakes… couple of mistakes or tough bounces and the game doesn't go our way. There's a lot of numbers that do go our way tonight, just not the scoreboard. I thought our guys played hard in the back-to-back situation."

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Rinne Backstops Preds to Win Over Wild

Nashville Now One Point Away from Clinching Playoff Spot

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's down to one.

Pekka Rinne stopped all 31 shots he faced and the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild by a 3-0 final on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives Nashville 40 wins and 91 points, while bringing their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one.

An afternoon that played out like a playoff game, according to Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette, saw solid play from the home club from start to finish.

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