Survival Mode Suiting Scrappy Predators After Big Game 5 Win vs. Blackhawks

April 23rd, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

It turns out that all the Predators needed was to be pushed to the brink of extinction.

With their playoff lives on the line, Nashville showed the toothy brand of attack that made the team so deadly during the regular season.

The result was a convincing 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks that extended the first-round NHL playoff series at least one more game. The Hawks are still up 3-2 with a chance to clinch at home in Game 6, but thanks to an explosion of offense from the team’s top players, the Predators look as deadly as ever and nowhere near done.

The nothing-to-lose mindset is what they’ll need to win two more in order to earn a spot in the second round.

Looking loose, fast, and capable of scoring on nearly every shift, the Predators didn’t even seem to miss star blueliner Shea Weber, who NBCSN broadcaster Gord Miller suggested during the game might be out long-term with a torn ACL.

When playing their style, the Predators are tough to beat. They have an aggressive forecheck and puck pursuit, firing plenty of shots on net from every angle and ensurin ...

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