Those Nashville Predators have won their second round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.
In these playoffs, the Predators have allowed just 1.4 goals per game-very almost a full goal better than any other team still alive. They are 4-0 on home ice in the playoffs, including 3-1 and 2-1 wins in Games 3 and 4 against the Blues.
St. Louis could not play their game penalties as well as being out hustled on the boards was key to their loss. "Luckily nowadays, these boards, they kind of give".
Game 7 is Wednesday night at Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the conference finals. A five-on-three man advantage late in the first yielded just one shot on goal, and it felt like the sequence we would ultimately point to after the game in order to explain the Blues elimination. Even then, the stylish, individualistic Subban was attacked by USA television analyst Mike Milbury as a "clown" for daring to dance on his skates during warm-ups. "I like it. It gets you going".
He had the secondary assist on Roman Josi's goal in the opening minute of the second period, which tied the score 1-1. Nashville RW Craig Smith drew back into the lineup after missing the last six games with an undisclosed injury. I think we're in a good spot. "We're prepared to battle and got to play better than the last game". Pekka Rinne was strong at home once again, making 32 saves in the victory.
I don't know if Predators fans can take it up another notch, but if there was a fan base that's willing to say, "hey, hold my beer, and watch this" it's Nashville.
Most controversial was Rickard Rakell's tying goal with 15 seconds left, which came with Ryan Kesler draped on Edmonton netminder Cam Talbot after being pushed into the crease.
Ryan Johansen, Predators - Johansen became the ninth different Preds player to notch a game-winning goal this postseason. "I thought he was a force along the walls on both ends and a difference maker".
The 20-year-old future face of the National Hockey League made a bold declaration after the Game 5 loss, per Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: "There's not much that can really be said right now".
The Blues finished 46-29-7 (99 points) and are one of four teams (Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York Rangers) to qualify for the playoffs six straight seasons.
"We had to do it tonight and we did it and everybody's happy", Jaskin said. You'll get there. WSMV might want to keep that lower-third graphic handy just in case the Preds win their next series against the Ducks or the Oilers - minus the "s", of course.
Expectations for the Nashville Predators have been growing for some time. "There's still a lot of hockey left to be played".
"Well, it was a big addition at the time", coach Peter Laviolette said Tuesday of adding Johansen. To see Rinne leave his net as the puck comes around the boards and attack it, nearly as if he were making a save, is one of the most entertaining parts of his game.
The Blues feel good about their nucleus, led by players like Tarasenko, Pietrangelo, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Robby Fabbri, the growth of second-year defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson and the resiliency of goalie Jake Allen, who shook off a rough stretch, was stingy down the stretch and then posted a.935 save percentage and 1.96 goals-against average in 11 playoff games.
"The last one's always the toughest", said Predators captain Mike Fisher.