Reigning Representatives, Top-seeded ’10-’11 Predators Begin Tournament with Sweep of 8th-seeded ’03-’04 Predators

The top-seeded ’10-’11 Predators dominated the series from the start, but the scores didn’t always reflect that. They outshot the 8th-seeded ’03-’04 Predators 37-21 over the course of three periods, but the score was tied 2-2. Then, just over two minutes into overtime, Colin Wilson scored to give the ’10-’11 Predators a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead. The score did reflect the domination in Game 2. Defenseman Shea Weber netted a hat trick and winger Sergei Kostitsyn potted two goals and added an assist to lead the way to a 5-1 win for the ’10-’11 Predators. Game 3 was much more even. Martin Erat scored early in the third to give the ’10-’11 Predators a 3-2 lead. Then, six minutes later, Andreas Johansson scored for the ’03-’04 Predators, tying the game 3-3 and eventually forcing overtime. Shots were 45-42 in favor of the ’10-’11 Predators during regulation. T

he first overtime went scoreless with the ’10-’11 Predators leading in shots 14-12. Then, the ’10-’11 Predators dominated the second overtime by outshooting the ’03-’04 Predators 22-8, but couldn’t beat goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Finally, in the third overtime, defenseman Ryan Suter scored four plus minutes into the period to give the ’10-’11 Predators a 3-0 series lead. Vokoun stopped 83 of 87 shots against and Pekka Rinne stopped 60 of the 63 shots against for the ’10-’11 Predators. The ’10-’11 Predators tallied 24 shots on goal in the first of Game 4, with David Legwand and Steve Sullivan both potting a goal. The ’03-’04 Predators had the game tied up early in the third, but Mike Fisher broke the tie for the ’10-’11 Predators at the 8:42 mark of the third. That would be the final goal of the series as the ’10-’11 Predators complete the sweep.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Predators 1 1 0 0 2
’10-’11 Predators 1 1 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 NSH – 3   ’03-’04 NSH – 2   (OT)   (1-0 ’10-’11 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Sergei Kostitsyn (’10-’11 NSH) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’03-’04 NSH) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .925 SV% (37 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Jason York (’03-’04 NSH) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   0 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Predators 0 1 0 1
’10-’11 Predators 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 NSH – 5   ’03-’04 NSH – 1   (2-0 ’10-’11 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Shea Weber (’10-’11 NSH) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: LW – Sergei Kostitsyn (’10-’11 NSH) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: RW – Patric Hornqvist (’10-’11 NSH) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 3rd Overtime Total
’10-’11 Predators 0 2 1 1 4
’03-’04 Predators 1 1 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 NSH – 4   ’03-’04 NSH – 3   (3OT)   (3-0 ’10-’11 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Pekka Rinne (’10-’11 NSH) – W   3.00 GAA   .952 SV% (60 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’03-’04 NSH) – OTL   4.00 GAA   .954 SV% (83 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Shea Weber (’10-’11 NSH) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   7 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 3rd Overtime Total
’10-’11 Predators 2 0 1 3
’03-’04 Predators 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 NSH – 3   ’03-’04 NSH – 2   (4-0 ’10-’11 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Martin Erat (’10-’11 NSH) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   12 S

2nd Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’03-’04 NSH) – L   3.00 GAA   .941 SV% (48 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Pekka Rinne (’10-’11 NSH) – W   2.00 GAA   .933 SV% (28 SV’s)

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’05-’06 Nashville Predators and the ’14-’15 Nashville Predators!

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