Predators v. Hurricanes – Canes Storm the Preds in Game One

#4 Nashville Predators v. #1 Carolina Hurricanes – Game 1

Game Recap:

In Carolina for their first ever meeting in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Hurricanes would play host to the Nashville Predators for game one of their best of seven series. In the first period things would be chippy as both teams would combine for 4 penalties, but only two powerplays which neither team would convert on. Then a little past the midway point of the period Filip Forsberg would strike to give the Preds the 1-0 lead, but about 90 seconds later Teuvo Teravainen would strike to tie the game up at one for the Canes. The Canes would get another powerplay opportunity before the period ended, but would not be able to score on the opportunity.

In the second period things would remain chippy between the Canes and the Preds as both teams would trade powerplays once again. However, with three seconds left in four on four action, Jordan Staal would score his first of the playoffs to give the Canes the lead, but a little over four minutes later Erik Haula would strike to tie the game back up at two for the Predators. After both goals were scored, they would then trade penalties once again, and both teams would still be unable to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities.

Then in the third period the Hurricanes would take advantage of even strength play as they would out work the Predators. First we would see Nino Niederreiter scoring to retake the lead for the Canes, and then Staal would net his second of the game to grow the Canes lead to two and then Andrei Svechnikov would ice this one for the Hurricanes with the empty netter as they would go on to defeat the Predators 5-2 and take the 1-0 series lead.


Nashville Predators:

Filip Forsberg — Ryan Johansen — Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok — Mikael Granlund — Luke Kunin
Alexandre Carrier — Erik Haula — Matt Duchene
Yakov Trenin — Colton Sissons — Tanner Jeannot

Roman Josi — Matt Benning
Ryan Ellis — Mattias Ekholm
Erik Gudbranson — Ben Harpur

Juuse Saros
Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Brad Richardson, Rocco Grimaldi, Tyler Lewington, David Farrance, Michael McCarron, Jeremy Davies, Eeli Tolvanen , Rem Pitlick, Dante Fabbro
Injured: Luca Sbisa (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (upper body), Mathieu Olivier (lower body)

Carolina Hurricanes:

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook — Steven Lorentz — Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner — Jani Hakanpaa

Alex Nedeljkovic
Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Morgan Geekie, Jake Bean, Max McCormick, Drew Shore, Roland McKeown, Maxime Lajoie , James Reimer
Injured: Cedric Paquette (lower body)

First Period:

CAR Penalty – :51 – Brock McGinn 2 minutes for Embellishment

NAS Penalty – :51 – Calle Jarnkrok 2 minutes for Interference

NAS Penalty – 6:09 – Alexandre Carrier 2 minutes for Tripping

CAR Penalty – 8:10 – Nino Niederreiter 2 minutes for Cross Checking

NAS Goal – 12:14 – Filip Forsberg (1) from Ryan Johansen (1) and Ryan Ellis (1)

CAR Goal – 13:41 – Teuvo Teravainen (1) from Brett Pesce (1) and Steven Lorentz (1)

NAS Penalty – 16:54 – Ryan Johansen 2 minutes for Tripping

End of FirstNAS – 1CAR – 1
Faceoff Wins813

Second Period:

NAS Penalty – 2:22 – Filip Forsberg 2 minutes for High Sticking

CAR Penalty – 3:50 – Teuvo Teravainen 2 minutes for Tripping

CAR Goal – 4:19 – Jordan Staal (1) from Brett Pesce (2)

NAS Goal – 8:41 – Erik Haula (1) from Matt Duchene (1) and Alexandre Carrier (1)

CAR Penalty – 11:41 – Steven Lorentz 2 minutes for Roughing

NAS Penalty – 13:55 – Roman Josi 2 minutes Holding

End of SecondNAS – 2CAR – 2
Faceoff Wins2426

Third Period:

CAR Goal – 2:26 – Nino Niederreiter (1) from Martin Necas (1) and Vincent Trocheck (1)

CAR Goal – 8:00 – Jordan Staal (2) from unassisted

NAS Penalty – 11:11 – Matt Duchene 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

CAR Penalty – 11:11 – Warren Foegele 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

CAR ENG – 18:13 – Andrei Svechnikov (1) from unassisted

End of ThirdNAS – 2CAR – 5
Faceoff Wins3436

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