Admirals' new parent club, Nashville Predators, headed to Stanley Cup Final

Doug Mendoza
June 3, 2017

The Tennessee Titans lineman, after the Predators all but clinched the game, and subsequently the Eastern Conference finals, threw the catfish right out onto the ice from the crowd, causing a delay in the game.

"In the back of your head, you've been thinking about the Final, and then when the buzzer goes off, it's an awesome feeling".

They've earned these breaks by eliminating teams in unflinching ways and by winning road games in tough situations.

Things were all evened up at 3-3 between the Preds and the Ducks in the third period before Nashville went on an offensive rampage, scoring three times in eight minutes. The Ducks have won five consecutive Pacific Division titles during a remarkable run of consistent excellence, but they've also won only five ensuing playoff rounds and never played for the Cup in that half-decade stretch. And that's what we've pretty much done this year, is just all of us tried to go to work and tried to get better.

But after injuries to Johansen and second-line center Mike Fisher, coach Peter Laviolette made a decision to shuffle everything at the top, splitting up Forsberg and Arvidsson to try to spread out the firepower.

Perry's score came from just below the Nashville goal line, rifling a shot off Rinne's skate and into the net.

The Nashville Predators now await the victor of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals to see who they will face Monday night in their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

When Colton Sissons scored his third goal of the game with 6 minutes remaining in the third to put the Predators ahead for good, there were several minutes where I couldn't hear anything.

The epicenter of country music has now become the epicenter of the National Hockey League as the Predators have advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

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Filip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this postseason. Game 1 is Monday.

It has become a tradition at the Nashville Predators games for a catfish to make its way onto the ice at some point, and Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks proved to be no exception thanks to Taylor Lewan. Chris Wagner again reduced the deficit to one, banking the puck off of Rinne's head and the game was tied after Cam Fowler's shot from above the left faceoff circle beat the Predators netminder.

But this has been the best post-season ever for Rinne, the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist - a stretch ranking among the NHL's best.

One player who stands out more than any other for the Nashville Predators during this postseason is goaltender Pekka Rinne.

But they had goalie Jonathan Bernier making his first career playoff start after John Gibson was scratched with a hamstring injury.

That scene, by the way, came after Game 5 against the Ducks set a local record for TV ratings.

Colton Sissons tallied a hat trick to help Nashville pull away in Game 6. He previously made it with Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.

And this was how the team was greeted at the airport when it returned to Nashville to play the biggest game in franchise history. Sissons' hat trick was the first in a conference final clincher since Chicago's Patrick Kane in 2013 against Los Angeles.

"When I look at Nashville being the last team in the playoffs in the West and this team being an underdog, it plays perfectly into what he preaches and the way he coaches", Briere said.

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