Dream come true for Smashville as Predators advance to Stanley Cup Final

With the score 3-3 and the Predators being outshot 39-15 at the time, Nashville regained the lead with a stunning one-timer from Sissons at 14:00 of the third period, three seconds after killing Roman Josi's minor for delay of game. The one-timer went top shelf and Sissons had a hat trick. Filip Forsberg also had an empty-net goal.

The NHL has already seen the benefits of expansion into the Sun Belt and other non-traditional hockey areas and players now regularly arrive from all corners of the country.

"It's a dream come true", the big Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne, who came here as an eighth-round pick and has become this club's longest standing member and de facto captain.

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.

You can call it Nashville. "You have been holding it back, and in the back of your head you've been thinking about the finals, and then when the buzzer goes off, it's an incredible feeling".

AVERAGE GIBSON: Even before Gibson got hurt and thrust Bernier cold into the spotlight, Anaheim's starting goalie hadn't distinguished himself with an unimpressive 2.59 goals-against average and.918 save percentage - and he needed a late-playoff surge just to reach those numbers.

"That's how it goes, you capitalize on your opportunities, and when you don't, the game is over and the season is over", Andrew Cogliano said. "And with these guys and the adversity we've been facing the last few days, fantastic response". If Nashville goes on to win the Stanley Cup this postseason, the Predators will owe a huge part of their success to the 6-foot-5 Finnish sensation who resides in between the team's pipes. Watson fired a wrister from the edge of the right circle that appeared to hit the stick of Anaheim's Ryan Kesler before finding its way into the net for Watson's third playoff goal. Jarnkrok got to the loose puck and found Sissons for the goal. Every day, they seemed to find a new way to win. Getzlaf, a force against Calgary and Edmonton, scored no goals in his last eight games. It was 39 seconds into the second period when Johansen temporarily lost his man at the side of the net, allowing Silfverberg to tie the game with his ninth goal of the playoffs.

"Our guys know the big picture", Laviolette said. Peter Laviolette is the fourth coach to take three different teams to the Finals, and the first since the playoffs split into conference play in 1994.

Notes: Laviolette won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and coached Philadelphia to the Final in 2010. However, Nashville proved to be way too good even for England. If they gave out awards on style points, they would be heading back to Honda Center for Game 7 on Wednesday. "We feel it on the bench".

Ticket Down is a reputable source of authentic Nashville Predators Stanley Cup Finals tickets at Bridgestone Arena. He has been in the National Hockey League since he accepted a job with the now-defunct Atlanta Flames as an administrative assistant in 1972. The Preds will begin playing in the Stanley Cup Final, after winning their Western Conference Final series vs. the Anaheim Ducks, on Tuesday (May 29).

  • Julie Sanders