The Nashville Predators are in position to take the biggest step in franchise history. The team best known for being just good enough to make the playoffs but go no further can advance to its first Western Conference semifinals with a win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 Sunday.
Jerred Smithson scored 1:57 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of winning their first playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 on Friday night, taking a 3-2 series lead.
Anaheim Ducks left winger Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for one game by the NHL on Thursday for a late hit on Nashville’s Martin Erat on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series.
Randy Carlyle is giving his Anaheim Ducks a day to rest up. The time off also might help them forget a loss so ugly that Teemu Selanne blistered his teammates in the locker room.
The Nashville Predators may bend. They’re trying to prove they’ve learned to bounce back and finish what they started.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, Ray Emery made 31 saves in his first playoff start in nearly four years, and the Anaheim Ducks evened their first-round playoff series with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Friday night.
After the Anaheim Ducks went on a frantic six-week sprint just to make the postseason, Teemu Selanne thinks it’s understandable they couldn’t maintain that breakneck pace going into their playoff opener.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored two goals, both in the first period, as the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Thursday night.
The Nashville Predators are brimming with confidence since they’re at home, while the Los Angeles Kings have been outstanding on this road trip.
So long, long distance. Newlyweds Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher soon will be living together full time in Nashville.
Patric Hornqvist scored two goals, Colin Wilson had a goal and two assists, and the Nashville Predators rallied for their fourth straight victory, 5-2 over the slumping Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Ducks defenseman Paul Mara scored his first goal since February 2009 with 1.7 seconds left, and Anaheim beat the slumping Nashville Predators 5-4 on Sunday night after blowing the lead four times.
Ryan Smyth scored a goal in his 1,000 NHL regular-season game and the league-leading Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Steve Sullivan scored a power-play goal and had an assist in the second period, and the Nashville Predators opened the season by beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Saturday night.