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NHL: Predators hopeful Fisher can return for game one
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The Nashville Predators could get one of their key players back in time for the Stanley Cup Finals as Mike Fisher nears a return. Nashville general manager David Poile said he is hopeful captain Fisher can participate in practice on Thursday, adding there was "a real good chance" he could return in game one of […]

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Sharks ink pair of European prospects
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More than four weeks have passed since the Sharks were dispatched by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau appear no closer to signing contract extensions than when the season ended.  Sharks general manager Doug Wilson faces some of the toughest decisions of his 14-year […]

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Predators shoot down Ducks to reach Stanley Cup Finals
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With the score ties at 3-3, Sissons ripped home a one-timer from the left circle that was set up by Calle Jarnkrok, three seconds after the Predators killed off a power-play following a delay-of-game call on Roman Josi. "There was a turnover and I got lost on the back side," he said of his tie-breaking […]

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Expansion draft will force Ducks to make some big decisions
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Bob Murray managed to keep the Anaheim Ducks together for a shot at the Stanley Cup. If the Ducks decide to protect seven forwards and three defensemen, the blue line will definitely be worth watching. Bieksa, 35, has a no-movement clause, so unless the Ducks find a way to get around that, they’ll need to […]

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PHT Morning Skate: How good has Subban been during Nashville’s run?
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–Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire takes a deeper look at P.K. Subban‘s contribution to Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. –The Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs made a couple of trades last offseason. First, the Leafs got Frederik Andersen from the Ducks.

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Sissons hat-trick as Nashville sink Ducks to reach NHL finals
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Colton Sissons struck a hat-trick as the Nashville Predators reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time with a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Austin Watson and Sissons had fired Nashville into a 2-0 first period lead but Ondrej Kase pulled one back in the second period to make it 2-1. […]

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Pekka Rinne silences critics on Predators' Stanley Cup Final quest
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The Stanley Cup Playoffs have their mythic qualities. As Pekka Rinne sees it, the Nashville Predators just completed their third of four trials in this mythic journey, each with their own distinct challenges. Here it was about physical hockey,” he said, moments after the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six games, winning their first […]

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Carlyle says Ducks were dealt ‘tough hand’ by schedule-makers
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Call it sour grapes if you wish, but Randy Carlyle thinks the Anaheim Ducks got screwed by the NHL’s schedule-maker. The head coach launched his complaint last night after his Ducks fell to the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. “I don’t think we played poorly in the series,” said Carlyle.

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Jonathan Bernier is Ducks’ Game 6 starter, John Gibson isn’t even dressing
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Apparently all of that optimism surrounding John Gibson starting in Game 6 was unfounded. Instead, Jonathan Bernier will serve as the Anaheim Ducks’ starter as they attempt to avoid being eliminated by the Nashville Predators on Monday. Mere hours ago, it sounded like Gibson might start after he skated.

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Video: Trisha Yearwood sings national anthem for Preds-Ducks
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Keith Urban sang the national anthem for Game 3. Kelly Clarkson did the honors for the Nashville Predators before Game 4. Next up: Trisha Yearwood for Game 6. The Predators hope to close out the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, and they got off to a nice

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Nick Ritchie ejected for Game 6 hit, leaves bloody ‘R’ on Arvidsson (Video)
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The Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators has been physical, painful and straight up nasty. Game 6 between the teams was no different, as Viktor Arvidsson’s face will no doubt tell you. At 11:38 of the first period, and with the Predators already up 2-0 in the game and 3-2 in the […]

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Barracuda power play leads the way in Game 2 win over Grand Rapids
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SAN JOSE – The Sharks’ top minor league affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, has advanced to the American Hockey League’s conference final round. The best-of-seven series against the Grand Rapids Griffins begins on Saturday at SAP Center for Game 1 and continues on Sunday for Game 2. Their performance so far, both in the regular […]

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