Top-seeded ’06-’07 Predators Sweep 3rd-Seeded ’14-’15 Predators in Qualifier Final; Repeats as Nashville’s Representative in UNP

The '06-'07 Predators head back to the UNP for the second straight time. (viaJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The ’06-’07 Predators head back to the UNP for the second straight time. (via Getty Images/Jed Jacobsohn)

Here is the 2016 Nashville Predators Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

Outside of their Semifinal matchup, the top-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators had an easy time in the tourney. They had to come back from a 3-1 series deficit just to get to this Final. The sweep started out with a two goal performance from Paul Kariya in a 3-0 win in Game 1. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped all 30 shots he saw while his counterpart Pekka Rinne allowed those three goals on 41 shots against for the 3rd-seeded ’14-’15 Nashville Predators. In Game 2, the two teams combined for five goals in the first period. Almost halfway through the third period, Alexander Radulov slammed home a short-handed goal to give the ’06-’07 Preds a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the game-winning goal as the ’14-’15 Preds would get a PP goal on that same PP from Craig Smith, but would 4-3 would be the final. Despite being outshot 36-28 in Game 3, the ’06-’07 Predators won big, 6-1, with goals from six different players. Four players finished with multi-point nights in the win, including Kariya with a goal and two assists. The ’06-’07 Predators completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in Game 4. A three point performance from J.P. Dumont (1G, 2A) and two goals from Peter Forsberg led the way offensively as the ’06-’07 Predators return to the UNP.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Predators 0 0 0 0
’06-’07 Predators 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 NSH – 3   ’14-’15 NSH – 0   (1-0   ’06-’07 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’06-’07 NSH) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (30 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Paul Kariya (’06-’07 NSH) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   7 S

3rd Star: G – Pekka Rinne (’14-’15 NSH) – L   3.00 GAA   .927 SV% (38 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Predators 2 0 1 3
’06-’07 Predators 3 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 NSH – 4   ’14-’15 NSH – 3   (2-0   ’06-’07 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Shea Weber (’06-’07 NSH) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +3   2 S

2nd Star: C – Craig Smith (’14-’15 NSH) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

3rd Star: RW – Filip Forsberg (’14-’15 NSH) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   7 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Predators 2 2 2 6
’14-’15 Predators 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 NSH – 6   ’14-’15 NSH – 1   (3-0   ’06-’07 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Paul Kariya (’06-’07 NSH) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’06-’07 NSH) – W   1.00 GAA   .972 SV% (35 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Jason Arnott (’06-’07 NSH) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Predators 1 1 2 4
’14-’15 Predators 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 NSH – 4   ’14-’15 NSH – 2   (4-0   ’06-’07 NSH)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – J.P. Dumont (’06-’07 NSH) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’06-’07 NSH) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – Pekka Rinne (’14-’15 NSH) – L   4.00 GAA   .913 SV% (42 SV’s)

Up next is the 2016 Hartford Whalers Qualifying Tournament!

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