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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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Preds Fall in Game Two as Ducks Even Western Conference Final 1-1

Ryan Johansen, James Neal Tie Franchise Records in Loss

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A three-goal second period helped the Anaheim Ducks to even the Western Conference Final at one game apiece with a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game Two on Sunday at Honda Center. The result marks just the third loss of the postseason for the Preds, and the first time they've given up at least four goals in these playoffs.

Nashville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Ducks got a power-play goal before the opening frame was out, a moment Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said caused the momentum to shift in Anaheim's favor.

"It's a 60-minute game, and it's a good hockey team over there," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "I'm happy with how we battled back, but obviously disappointed [we lost]. We had enough chances [to win]...but you have to play a solid 60 minutes to win these games."

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Neal Scores OT Winner, Preds Beat Ducks 3-2 in Game One

Nashville Takes 1-0 Lead for Third Consecutive Series

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

They've started off with a bang. Again.

James Neal scored the game-winner in overtime and the Nashville Predators took a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday night. The result marks the third consecutive series that Nashville has taken a 1-0 lead in this postseason, all on the road.

After Anaheim tied the contest at 2-2 in the third, it was Nashville who had a push in the extra session, ended by Neal's fourth of the postseason, and his biggest yet.

"Game One is a huge opportunity to take home-ice advantage back, and that's what we're going out there trying to do," Neal said. "That's what we did tonight, and it was a great win."

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Preds Win Game Six, Advance to Western Conference Final

Nashville Defeats St. Louis 3-1 in Game Six, Wins Series 4-2; Will Play in Western Conference Final for First Time

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

They're halfway there.

For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators have advanced to the Western Conference Final, defeating the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, in Game Six to win the series by a 4-2 count.

Two goals in the third period - including the game-winner from Ryan Johansen, then an empty-netter from Calle Jarnkrok - punched Nashville's ticket to uncharted territory, a journey that will continue later this week.

"It's a big step for us - not only for us as players, but also as an organization," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It's something that we haven't done before. To see that third goal - that empty-netter - that's a great relief. It was a really tight game, and [the Blues] played hard. All series, I thought each game was really hard and tight - a lot of one goal games. To see Jarny put that in - that was a great feeling, and obviously a big relief."

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Blues Force Game Six, Defeat Preds 2-1

Nashville Returns Home with Chance to Advance Sunday

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Jaden Schwartz scored early in the third period and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game Five at Scottrade Center on Friday night, cutting Nashville's series lead to 3-2. With the result, the Blues have forced a Game Six, which will be played on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, and kept the Preds one win away from advancing in the postseason.

The Predators had stretches of pressure throughout the game, but the sentiment from the Nashville locker room at end of the night was that they didn't have their best effort in Game Five.

"We just need to be better," center Ryan Johansen said. "I think it was about us tonight. We didn't have the throttle down. We kind of seemed like we were hoping we'd just win another game, and we need to find a way to have a better start for next game."

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Ellis, Rinne Star Again, Preds Win Game Four to Take 3-1 Series Lead

Ryan Ellis, James Neal Score in Third Period, Nashville Ties Franchise Record with Seventh Postseason Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Win a period, win a hockey game.

Ryan Ellis opened the scoring and James Neal tallied the game-winner, all in the third period, as the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues by a 2-1 final in Game Four to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

It wasn't until the final frame that anyone was able to find the back of the net, but just as they've done throughout the postseason, the Predators found a way, with their stud netminder backstopping them to their seventh win of the playoffs, tying a franchise record.

"This game was just an all-around good hockey game by both teams," Ellis said. "It was a key win for us, but we still haven't done anything yet. They're not going to go away, and we're going to have to come out even harder than we did tonight. It's a good feeling, and we're going to go with it for a couple of days, but we have to get back to work."

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Preds Bounce Back at Home, Beat Blues in Game Three

Ellis, McLeod, Josi Score for Nashville, Preds Take 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The blue line did it again.

Ryan Ellis opened the scoring and Roman Josi finished it off as the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game Three by a 3-1 final on Sunday afternoon to take a 2-1 series lead. The win gives Nashville seven consecutive playoff victories at Bridgestone Arena, and after the Predators said they had more to give in Game Three, they kept their word.

"I'll be honest, it was good to get back home in front of our fans and in the building," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was awesome today. That's a credit to our fans and the energy that comes into this building. You guys see that and get to experience it just like we do, so that's a real positive for us. But nobody likes losing, probably on any team, and you look for a response, and I thought the response was good today."

"It's a great response from last game from all of us," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It was obviously nice to play in front of our fans and it was a big win."

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