Home ice advantage has always been huge for the Nashville Predators. They were 24-9-8 in the 2010-2011 regular season season at home. But the unbearable 2-4 home record in this year's playoffs doomed the Predators and sent Vancouver to the conference finals.
Daniel Sedin scored the game-winning goal in the 1st period on the power play. The man-advantage was the result of a beyond borderline on Jordan Tootoo for embelishment, or diving. The Predators, however, have no excuse going 0-5 on the power play. This summarizes the semi-finals for the Predators. Their inability to convert on the man-advantage has haunted them not only in these playoffs but also in recent years.
The Predators lone goal came at 3:31 of the 2nd period when David Legwand somehow found an opening from a terrible angle. The play was reviewed and was deemed a goal.
A missed shot on a 2-1 oppurtunity before the goal celebration had ceased was Nashville's best chance to tie it up in the 2nd.
Mike Fisher squandered a golden chance in the 3rd when he could not coral the pass from the corner. He had the wide open net to shoot at, and most of Bridgestone Arena had already stood up anticipating the equalizer.
Pred Nation came through again with standing ovations and nothing but support for their team. It was by far the loudest I have ever heard inside the arena. No one wanted to see their team's season to end Monday night.
With the Nashville net empty, Shea Weber had a good look at the top right corner of the net but missed high and wide. The horn sounded as yellow towels fell to the ice and the 2010-2011 season had ended.
The Predators saluted their fans at center ice and quickily disappeared into the locker room.
Another season ends in a loss. Only one team can end their season on a win, but having the bitter taste of what could've been never feels good in the summer.
My 3 Stars of the Series: 1. Ryan Kessler
2. Pekka Rinne
3. Roberto Luongo
A season review is coming soon.