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Postseason Rewind: How Sweep It Is

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Sweep Over Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators knew they were capable of defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But a four-game sweep over the Western Conference's top point producer?

Starting with a pair of back-to-back shutouts from Pekka Rinne on the road in Games One and Two, followed by a dramatic comeback capped by Kevin Fiala in Game Three, and finally, a commanding 4-1 victory in Game Four, the Preds broke out the brooms on one of their fiercest rivals.

Perhaps Captain Mike Fisher said it best during the ensuing reflection in the locker room postgame: "We surprised a lot of people, but not ourselves."

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Fan Who Missed Free Stanley Cup Final Tickets Finds Redemption

Andrew Fudge Didn't See Twitter Notification Saying He'd Won Two Tickets to 2017 Stanley Cup Final

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Andrew Fudge can't say he's not a lucky guy anymore.

In June, he won a contest entered by thousands, after all, so if that doesn't equal lucky, then what does? There was just one problem, Fudge didn't know he'd won.

That's right. Fudge, a Nashville native, entered the Predators Twice Daily Tickets Competition, was selected to receive two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, received a congratulatory direct message on Twitter, and yet, he missed the notification.

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Preds Postseason Run Brings Over $50 Million in Economic Impact to City

Predators President, Nashville Mayor Give Thanks for Record Playoff Run

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A run to the Stanley Cup Final can do wonders for a town, and while the Nashville Predators fell just short of a championship, the city of Nashville still had reason for a standing ovation on Thursday.

Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon were on hand at Bridgestone Arena to discuss the economic impact delivered by the deepest postseason run in franchise history - and the numbers were impressive.

Spyridon and his team estimate the overall economic impact from a record 11 home playoff games for the Preds exceeded $50 million, including $8 million for each game of the Stanley Cup Final.

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End of Season Updates: Injuries, Expansion Draft and Contracts

Johansen and Fiala are Expected to be Ready for Training Camp; GM Poile is Preparing for Expansion Draft, Free Agency

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette addressed the media on Wednesday morning in their annual end-of-season press conference.

Full video of the press conference, in two parts, is available below, but as for the highlights:

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From a Nashville Native: Perspective on Preds Historic Season

Defeat in the Stanley Cup Final is Painful, But Loss of Hypothetical Future Can't Change Wonderful Past

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A loss like last night's takes so much away in a moment.

The Nashville Predators will not be Stanley Cup Champions in 2017. There I said it.

I'm making myself write this the day after the Preds fell in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in part to help myself cope. I keep thinking back to two things Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne said last night that probably encapsulated how many of us felt in the moments after we watched the Penguins throw their gloves aloft and converge on goaltender Matt Murray - in our home rink of all places.

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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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Game Six Infographic: Preds 0, Penguins 2

Predators Season Ends in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final as Penguins Win Back-to-Back Championships

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Pekka Rinne makes 27 saves and Predators have a goal disallowed as they fall 2-0 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final. 

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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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They Said It: The Best Preds Sound Bites Ahead of Game Six

Predators Remain Confident, Ready to Embrace Challenge of Elimination Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Regardless of Sunday's outcome, Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final will mark the final contest in Bridgestone Arena until autumn.

With that, the Nashville Predators are set for what will be, for most of them, the biggest game of their lives. No pressure, right? Actually, yes, as some of the players said after Saturday's optional practice.

Here are the top quotes from the Preds ahead of Game Six.

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Luke Bryan to Open Game Six Broadcast with Concert

Country Music Superstar Will Perform From Tootsie's Rooftop Prior to Stanley Cup Final

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville (June 10, 2017) - Country music superstar Luke Bryan will open the TV broadcast of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 11 at 7 p.m. CT with a special performance from the rooftop of Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge, the National Hockey League announced Saturday. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will perform one song exclusively for the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. 

Earlier in the evening, Bryan will perform four songs at 6 p.m. CT, streamed live on NHL.com. This performance will be shown on large screens throughout Lower Broadway, outside Bridgestone Arena as part of the Predators viewing party and inside the arena for fans in attendance for Game 6. NHL Network will air portions as part of its live pregame coverage. 

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