Preds Win, Turn Eyes to Lord Stanley
by Taylor Parks
In the season finale for both teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets traveled to Nashville with little on the line for either franchise. The Nashville Predators have already locked up the top seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs while the Jackets scratched nearly every significant player in an attempt to avoid the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before the game commenced, the Nashville Predators were presented their first ever “Presidents Trophy” to signify that they were the top points getter during the entire NHL regular season.
The Predators would tally 3 first period goals to take a complete stranglehold on the game. Forsberg scored twice and Austin Watson would tally the other in a first period that was dominated by Nashville. The Blue Jackets would take the new two periods to claw back into the game as both Josh Anderson and Brandon Dubinsky would both score to bring the lead within one goal. Filip Forsberg would deliver the dagger and hat trick goal at 19:20 and the Predators would win 4-2.
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It has finally come, the moment that every Nashville Predators fan and player have been waiting for. It has been 10 months since the Predators were merely 2 games away from Lord Stanley before the Pittsburgh Penguins walked away victorious. Since that moment, David Poile and company have put an emphasis on upgrading the roster to give Coach Peter Laviolette a roster that could endure the long and grueling road that the playoffs would provide.
With additions such as Nick Bonino, Kyle Turris, and Ryan Hartman, Nashville looks poised to make another deep run this offseason. At the time of writing, the Predators are poised to play the winner of the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues next week.
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