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Preds Drop First Road Preseason Game to Lightning

Nashville Gains Insight in Evaluation of Cusp Roster Players

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators fell 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday evening in Nashville's first road preseason game.

Austin Watson scored the lone goal for the Preds, while Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away all but one of the 30 shots he faced in a game that saw the preseason debuts of Steven Stamkos, after missing the last nine months due to injury, and Victor Hedman.

Nashville utilized a less-experienced roster that, according to Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette, was dressed with the intention of evaluating players on the cusp of making the opening night roster.

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Preds Split Preseason Doubleheader with Panthers

Miikka Salomaki Scores Twice as Preds Win Second Game in Overtime

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Two goals from Miikka Salomaki - including the overtime winner - led the way for the Nashville Predators as they finished off their doubleheader with the Florida Panthers to open the preseason schedule.

Salomaki bookended a 3-2 OT win for the Preds in the second outing of the day after Nashville fell 5-3 to Florida in the early contest.

Earlier in training camp, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette called the doubleheader one of the best ways to evaluate players, affording him the chance to see 40 of the 53 on Nashville's current roster in game action within the span of a few hours. Combine Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage with Tuesday's doubleheader and Laviolette saw exactly what he wanted.

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Preds Defeat Lightning to Conclude Rookie Camp

Nashville Finishes 2-1 Against Tampa Bay in Rookie Showcase

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Game 3 Highlights: Bolts vs Preds

Five different Preds score in a 5-4 Game 3 victory

The Preds receive goals from five different players and win 5-4 for their second victory of Rookie Camp

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Goals from five different players guided the Nashville Predators rookies to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third and final outing of the weekend showcase between the two clubs at Ford Ice Center.

Tyler Kelleher recorded his second goal of the tournament - as well as a pair of assists - on Tuesday, while Yakov Trenin finished with a goal and an assist to give the Preds a 2-1-0 record.

The victory leaves a better feeling for the Preds rookies, bouncing back from Sunday's 6-1 loss with Nashville's main training camp on the horizon.

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Preds Rookies Fall to Lightning in Game 2

Nashville Allows Six Goals in Second Meeting of Rookie Showcase

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators rookies fell by a 6-1 final to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon at Ford Ice Center in the second of three meetings between the two in their showcase.

Christian Hilbrich scored the lone goal for the Preds who moved to 1-1 on the weekend after taking Game 1 by a 4-2 score on Saturday.

"We started [the game well], but the last two periods were disappointing by our work ethic," defenseman Alexandre Carrier said. "I think we just need to keep it simple. We beat them last night, so they were coming pretty hard on us… They started strong in the second period and we lost that momentum."

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Preds Top Tampa Bay in First Game of Rookie Showcase

Three-Goal Third Period Leads Preds Rookies Over Lightning

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Game 1 Highlights: Bolts vs Preds

Emil Pettersson nets two, game winner in Game 1

Preds forward Emil Pettersson nets two goals as Nashville rallies in the third period for a win in the first game of the Rookie Tournament

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A three-goal third period for the Nashville Predators rookies led them to a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the first of three meetings between the two clubs in this weekend's Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center.

Emil Pettersson scored what proved to be the game winner, while Preds goaltenders Matt O'Connor and Jake Paterson combined to make 29 saves on the afternoon.

"We came together pretty quickly, and I thought we executed the system, played with the pace that [the Nashville coaches] are looking for and we ended up getting the win," forward Justin Kirkland said. "I'm super happy because that's definitely a good way to start off the weekend."

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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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