Preds Prove Pundits Wrong

Sunday, 05.08.2011 / 8:03 PM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's Playoff Blog
It isn't much of a stretch to say that not many media pundits saw this series going six games after the Canucks took a 3-1 lead. But lo and behold, there were your Predators pushing things back to Nashville with a gritty effort Saturday night in Vancouver.

David Legwand and Joel Ward made sure the series returned home by scoring twice each, and it almost sounds like a broken record at this point but Pekka Rinne was outstanding again. For the first time in the series perhaps his performance might be overlooked considering Ryan Kelser also scored twice in the game and as Vancouver's best player right now is grabbing a good share of the attention. So there are other places for media focus, and as the series wears on the story lines will only continue to splinter and fragment.

It is a great sign to see the Predators put up points they way they did in the last game, especially after trailing 2-1 and really needing its best effort of the playoffs to come back against a confident Canucks team. You and I were wondering if it was going to happen after the first period weren't we? But fortunately for us there was an early bounce in the second period that just seemed to instill some life in the Preds and push this team on to a must-win. You cant overestimate what a little break like that does for a team's belief. It just gives you that little thought in the back of your head that perhaps tonight is our night. And the Preds weren't wrong.

Heading back home for Game Six on Monday night means that Nashville is very much alive, and that suddenly we have a series on our hands!

Don't forget that Games Six and Seven will be carried on local TV with Pete and Terry on FSTN so you can get the hometown perspective you've been missing!

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