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Preds' Successful On Duck Hunt, Win First Ever Playoff Series

The Nashville Predators won their first ever playoff series Sunday, dispatching the Anaheim Ducks in 6 games to move on to the second round. The series win means 2 things: 1) Ottawa will receive an additional 3rd rd pick next summer, which can still become a second rd pick if the Predators win another series; and 2) Shea Weber‘s beard has two more weeks to grow. Weber’s facial hair is already a hot playoff topic, and eventually could be akin to Steve Carrell‘s in the movie Evan Almighty.

 

Meanwhile, this series win is just what the franchise needs to gain traction in a non-hockey market.  This will help the club turn the corner, at least for a couple of years.  A deeper run will extend the life of a team, and that is why the Coyotes are bound back to Winnipeg; because there was no playoff success in 15 years.

Elsewhere, two other teams on the brink avoided elimination.  Philadelphia bumbled their goaltending situation again but managed to defeat the Buffalo Sabres in overtime to force a game 7 in Philly.  The Canucks have squandered their 3-0 lead and Ben Smith‘s overtime goal sent the Chicago faithful home happy and the Canucks looking for answers.

Tonight will see Tampa attempt to force a 7th game when they host the Penguins for game 6, trailing 3-2.  The Kings will look to do the same to the Sharks, who have goaltending issues of their own after Anttii Niemi‘s .250 SP game on Saturday.

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