NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen's patience in the shootout is making Minnesota goalies very angry and grabbing extra points for Nashville.
Predators beat Kings 2-1, move back atop Central Division
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators know it's time to show they can be consistent period to period and game to game.
Predators return to work after bye looking for consistency
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are back at work feeling a little healthier after an eight-day break for their bye and ready to put together all the pieces for the stretch run to the postseason.
Watson’s hat trick leads Predators over Ducks 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson had a difficult time remembering the last time he scored a hat trick — at any level.
"American Hockey League, maybe?" Watson said. "A couple of years now."
Watson, known as a grinder who is strong on the penalty kill, recorded his first career NHL hat trick Sunday night as Nashville defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.
Watson, a 26-year-old right wing, became the fourth Predators player to record a hat trick this season, a franchise record.
Jarnkrok’s hat trick leads Predators over Kings 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok's three goals sent many Nashville Predators fans home with a serious case of hat head.
Jarnkrok recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
"That was a good night for him," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought he played terrific, forget about the goals, just the game in general. I thought he was really moving."
Ducks win 2-1 in shootout to hand Predators 1st road loss
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks had all weekend to stew over their worst game of the season. They responded Monday night with a win against the NHL's top team.
Rickard Rakell's goal in the fourth round of the shootout propelled the Ducks past Nashville 2-1 and handed the Predators their first road loss this season.
Ekholm scores in OT, Predators rally to beat Stars 5-4
DALLAS (AP) — Mattias Ekholm started overtime in the penalty box. He finished it off with the winning goal.
Ekholm scored 2:27 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Saturday.
Ekholm was penalized for cross checking with 14 seconds left in regulation, 29 seconds after teammate Roman Josi scored the game-tying goal.
Rinne shines in return, Predators beat Lightning 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pekka Rinne didn't miss a beat after being sidelined for two weeks.
He made 42 saves after sitting out five games with an injury, and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night.
"Anytime you miss time, you're a little nervous," Rinne said. "I was happy that we played one of the top teams. You have to have a mindset that you might be busy. I felt good, and obviously very happy with the win."
Zdeno Chara, Jaroslav Halak lead Bruins past Flyers, 3-0
BOSTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara scored twice, Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Thursday night.
Halak had his second shutout and 44th of his career.
Jake DeBrusk also scored to help the Bruins improve to 6-0-2 in their last eight against Philadelphia and 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings in Boston. The Bruins improved to 4-0 at home, where they last played Oct. 13 in an 8-2 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.
Kyle Turris scores in overtime, Predators beat Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jusse Saros gave the Nashville Predators a second chance to win with a save on a short-handed, third-period breakaway.
Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris took care of the rest.
Turris made a length of the ice rush and snapped a shot past Keith Kinkaid 3:35 into overtime and the Predators rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.
Forsberg, Arvidsson lead Predators to 5-2 win over Islanders
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson took advantage of some crisp passes by Ryan Johansen to help the Nashville Predators get another big win.
Forsberg scored twice, Arvidsson had a goal and an assist, and the Predators beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Saturday night.
Calle Jarnkrok and Kyle Turris also scored for Nashville, which has won four of its first five games. Juuse Saros stopped 20 shots to beat the Islanders for the second time in eight days.
Former Wisconsin Badgers players chase NHL’s Stanley Cup with new teams
Former Badgers players Ryan McDonagh, Brian Elliott and Kyle Turris are playoff veterans but making their postseason debuts with their new teams.
Ryan McDonagh, Brian Elliott and Kyle Turris are playoff veterans, with 183 postseason games between them.
Yet when the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series open Wednesday and Thursday, the three former University of Wisconsin men's hockey players will have some new sensations.
NASHVILLE This was a different version of the Predators, with a steady and sharp group skating in place of the one that faded only three nights before in St. Paul.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
The win clinched the Predators home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The checklist for the Nashville Predators is getting shorter as the regular season winds down.
Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored the only goal in a shootout and the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
The Jets are in the postseason for the first time since 2014-15 and just the second time since their relocation from Atlanta before the 2011-12 season. The franchise hasn't won a playoff series since 2007.
Fiala, Turris rally Predators to 3-2 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Nashville Predators keep rolling toward the best regular season in franchise history.
Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris each had a goal and assist in the third period, leading Nashville to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Ryan Ellis also scored to help the Western Conference-leading Predators get their 21st road win of the season and improve to 12-0-1 in their last 13 games overall. Pekka Rinne finished with 32 saves.
Boyle’s shootout winner leads Devils past Predators, 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After giving up a late tying goal, Keith Kinkaid was determined to still win the game.
Brian Boyle scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Boyle beat Nashville goalie Juuse Saros with a quick wrist shot from the slot on the blocker side.
Arvidsson lifts Predators to 3-2 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson is playing some of his best hockey of the season and helping the Nashville Predators get some big wins.
Arvidsson scored his third goal in two games and the Predators ended their seven-game losing skid against Detroit with a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Forsberg’s OT penalty shot leads Predators over Blues 4-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Working overtime is becoming commonplace in Nashville.
Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give the Predators a wild 4-3 comeback victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime.
Filip Forsberg lifts Predators past Penguins 5-4 in SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a city that appreciates an impressive debut performance, new Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris produced quite a first game Saturday night.
Turris scored a goal, added an assist and led all Predators centers in ice time to help Nashville beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in a shootout. It was the first game in a Predators uniform for Turris, who was acquired from Ottawa this week in a three-way trade.
Turris gives Predators center depth to match anyone in NHL
As impressive as it was that the Nashville Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final last spring without their top two centers, it was still a glaring need.
Losing to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins last June showed the Predators the shallowest part of their lineup.
Sens GM: Getting Duchene was a ‘no-brainer’
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Senators general manager Pierre Dorion says the trade to bring Matt Duchene to Ottawa was a "no- brainer."
Dorion and Duchene met with reporters on Monday, a day after the Senators acquired Duchene from Colorado as part of a three-way deal that included sending Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators.
Notre Dame and Clemson climbed while Ohio State and Penn State tumbled out of the top 10, leaving the latest Associated Press college football poll looking a lot like the College Football Playoff rankings -- with one big difference.
Avalanche trade Duchene to Senators, Predators get Turris
Joe Sakic told Matt Duchene to be patient, that the trade he asked for would come at some point.
It finally did as the Colorado Avalanche traded Duchene to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night in a pair of deals that also included Kyle Turris going to the Nashville Predators. With the Duchene saga over, he joins the Senators as their new No. 1 center, Turris gives the Predators more depth down the middle and the Avalanche push forward with their rebuilding youth movement.
Pageau’s three-point night leads Senators past Flyers, 5-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Even without some injured stars, the Ottawa Senators found enough offense and just enough defense to get two points.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and two assists, Erik Karlsson added two assists and the Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Thursday night.
Badgers men’s hockey: Former Wisconsin players in the professional ranks
Name, position, time at UW, current team
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as "boring."
Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W.
Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years.
Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made 37 saves and the Senators eliminated the Rangers with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 of their second-round series Tuesday night.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Kyle Turris capped Ottawa's comeback from two deficits and pulled the Senators one win from returning to the Eastern Conference final for the first time in 10 years.
Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Senators to 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday for a 3-2 series lead in their second-round series.
Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2
NEW YORK (AP) — While New York stars Rick Nash and Chris Kreider receive playoff-level attention from Ottawa, Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass are providing an unexpected lift for the Rangers.
Lindberg scored two goals, Glass had two assists and the Rangers beat the Senators 4-1 on Thursday night to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jean-Gabriel Pageau might not have seen the goal that capped his 'legendary game' for the Ottawa Senators.
Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the winner 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"I think I closed my eyes when I shot and thankfully it went in," Pageau said of the winner. "I was on a cloud and it's a moment I'll never forget."
BOSTON (AP) — Clarke MacArthur spent almost two full seasons recovering from a concussion, wondering if he would ever be able to return to the Senators.
"There's nothing like living in the NHL and living in these playoffs," he said after scoring a power-play goal 6:30 into overtime to help Ottawa beat Boston 3-2 in Game 6 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
BOSTON (AP) — The Ottawa Senators needed a late rally in Game 2 to tie up their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Boston Bruins.
In Game 3, they had to stave off a furious charge by the Bruins to regain the series lead.
Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and Ottawa recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat Boston 4-3 Monday night and take a 2-1 edge in the first-round series.
The Bruins roared back from a three-goal deficit with three goals in the second period, but Riley Nash was tagged with a controversial roughing penalty in overtime and Bobby Ryan scored on the power play to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at the Garden.
It was, to say the least, an unusual call at the time.
NHL playoffs: 10 Wisconsin alums to follow in chase for Stanley Cup
If you want to follow former University of Wisconsin men’s hockey players in the chase for the NHL’s Stanley Cup, they won’t be difficult to find.
At least one ex-Badgers player will be in each of eight first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, including seven skaters who will be in action as the postseason begins tonight.
UW and Boston University are the only college programs that have an alum in every series.
BOSTON (AP) — The Ottawa Senators gave a big cheer in the visitors' dressing room to celebrate a return to the playoffs after sitting out last season.
Then they turned their attention to the weekend.
"We're going to keep pushing," coach Guy Boucher said on Thursday night after the 2-1 shootout victory over Boston gave them a spot in the postseason and a one-point lead over the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
DETROIT (AP) — Evgeni Svechnikov won't soon forget his NHL debut.
Svechnikov scored the only goal of the shootout in the seventh round, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
"Coach (Jeff Blashill) just pointed at me and he said just go and the guys just started telling me 'do your thing,'" Svechnikov said. "I just wanted to score so bad. It was so loud and I was excited, and just did my thing."
Weal leads Flyers past Senators 3-2 in shootout
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jordan Weal put his hustle and skill on display.
Weal scored the only shootout goal after tying the game late in the third period on an embarrassing mistake by the Ottawa Senators, sending the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, a long shot to make the playoffs with six games remaining. Philadelphia began the day six points out of a postseason spot but needing to jump four teams.
Turris, Ryan score in shootout as Senators edge Penguins
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators got a big win, but lost a player in the process.
Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Thursday night. They appear to have lost defenseman Marc Methot for perhaps an extended period of time, though, after he took a slash from Sidney Crosby in the first period.
BOSTON (AP) — For the Ottawa Senators, snapping a four-game losing streak seemed almost secondary to the way they did it.
The Senators appeared ready for a return to the playoffs, ending an untimely skid with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Turris, Anderson lead Senators to 2-1 win over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There's a reason Craig Anderson is often at his best when he faces his former team.
Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night.
Anderson played for the Panthers from 2006-09 and is 14-7-2 against them.