NHL Pacific Division - the best personalized free web-based Email en en NHL Pacific Division Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. "Our guys know the big picture," Laviolette said. "They understand what it is that we're trying to do here. And... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:13:00 GMT 2017-05-23T06:13:00Z Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in 6 games NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Different players just keep stepping up for the Nashville Predators, and now their magical postseason run has an even bigger destination: the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, and the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night i... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:04:00 GMT 2017-05-23T06:04:00Z Preds win from ousting Ducks to reach 1st Stanley Cup Final NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury. They still have Pekka Rinne in net. And the Predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the first Stanley Cup Final berth in the franchise history. As coach Pe... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:28:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:28:00Z Pontus Aberg's goal puts Predators past Ducks 3-1 in Game 5 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pontus Aberg spent most of the season in the minors, and he had a part-time depth role for the Nashville Predators in these Stanley Cup playoffs until injuries thrust him into a key role in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. And now the unassuming Swede has another new role for Nashville: He's the hero of the latest clutch vic... Sun, 21 May 2017 03:35:00 GMT 2017-05-21T03:35:00Z Predators left surprised, determined by Johansen's injury ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are still stunned by the loss of top scorer Ryan Johansen to a season-ending thigh injury after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. They're also determined not to allow his absence to stop their quest for their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final. In the franchise's first public comme... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:45:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:45:00Z Predators face Ducks in Game 5 without star C Ryan Johansen ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators already face a daunting challenge when they attempt to take control of the Western Conference finals in a pivotal Game 5 on the road. Without Ryan Johansen, that task is immeasurably tougher. The star Nashville center will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after emergency surgery on... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:05:00Z Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2. Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday ... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:45:00 GMT 2017-05-19T06:45:00Z NHL's 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time. Four of Wayne Gretzky's 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among the 20 "Greatest NHL teams" as voted by fans during the league's 100th anniversary. Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Montreal Canadien... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:04:00Z Ducks resting up for aggressive Preds down 2-1 in West NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The postseason can be exhausting, and playing four games in seven nights going from an emotional Game 7 to wrap up one series to the Western Conference finals is starting to take a toll on the Anaheim Ducks. Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in nearly 20 years sure isn't helping. Coach Randy Carlyle sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:33:00Z Preds rally, beat Ducks 2-1 to take 2-1 Western finals lead NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. Especially not on home ice. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left , and the Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their f... Wed, 17 May 2017 04:29:00 GMT 2017-05-17T04:29:00Z Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Kesler knows that he has managed to rattle Predators center Ryan Johansen and the veteran Anaheim Ducks center doesn't plan on easing up. At all. "It doesn't matter if I did or didn't get in his head for me," Kesler said Tuesday, a few hours before Game 3. "If I did, good. It means I'm doing my job. And if I didn't, I'm going to keep doing the sa... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:46:00Z Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks traded their way to NHL's final 4 Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks in the West — all made a handful of significant trades to get t... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:23:00Z Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver of room over Rinne's shoulder. "So I just closed my eyes and shot it in there," V... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:39:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:39:00Z Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their disti... Sat, 13 May 2017 05:29:00 GMT 2017-05-13T05:29:00Z Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic Finn and his Predators are looming again in front of the Du... Fri, 12 May 2017 03:21:00 GMT 2017-05-12T03:21:00Z Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart opponent and finished a series strong. "I wouldn't say it's a relief, but the fact we don't have to talk a... Thu, 11 May 2017 07:41:00 GMT 2017-05-11T07:41:00Z Ducks end Game 7 woes, beat Oilers 2-1 to reach West finals ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons. So when he found a patch of open ice during the third period Wednesday night, Ritchie could let fly with a beautiful shot, his wrists unencumbered by the weight of history. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:53:00 GMT 2017-05-11T05:53:00Z Capitals, Ducks confront Game 7 demons vs. Penguins, Oilers Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a heartbreaker in each of the last four years. Wednesday night is the chance for each team... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:37:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:37:00Z Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers bounced back from a tough loss in the last game with a resounding win, and put the pressure on the Anaheim Ducks. Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the Oilers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in their Western C... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:02:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:02:00Z Ducks make record rally, Perry scores in 2OT to top Oilers ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been preparing for these moments for their entire adult lives. Nearly 14 years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted them together, they've built a mental connection that remains indelible through any playoff pressure or defensive determination. So when Getzlaf found the puck and a sliver of space on the ... Sat, 06 May 2017 07:53:00 GMT 2017-05-06T07:53:00Z Getzlaf is driving Ducks toward pivotal Game 5 with Oilers ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A decade after Ryan Getzlaf raised the Stanley Cup for the first and only time, the Anaheim Ducks captain appears to be extremely eager to hoist it above his head again. Getzlaf's spectacular postseason hit a new high point Wednesday when he figured in every goal for the Ducks in their 4-3 overtime win at Edmonton, getting two goals and two assists as ... Fri, 05 May 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-05-05T00:35:00Z Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf scored twice and assisted on two goals, including Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner 45 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks topped the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday night. "If h... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:52:00Z Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday night following a violent cross-check to the jaw from Washi... Wed, 03 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-05-03T01:27:00Z Silfverberg scores 2, Ducks beat Oilers 6-3 in Game 3 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes, Anaheim let the Edmonton Oilers tie the score midway through the second period. The Ducks then pulled away for a crucial win. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to lead Anaheim to a 6-3 victory over Edmonton on Sunday night, cutting the Oilers' series lead to 2-1, "It's about getting ... Mon, 01 May 2017 04:29:00 GMT 2017-05-01T04:29:00Z Devils buck odds to win NHL draft lottery; Vegas to pick 6th A few weeks after the New Jersey Devils closed their worst season in nearly 30 years, general manager Ray Shero has something to smile about. "We finally won something," Shero told The Associated Press by phone shortly after the Devils won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday. "It's the first piece of great news the Devils have had for a while to be honest." ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-04-30T03:31:00Z Back home, Preds eager to rebound off 1st postseason loss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five. Now the St. Louis Blues are ready to test how the Predators respond to their first loss. "We knew this was going to be a long series," Blues goalte... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-04-29T21:54:00Z Cam Talbot carries Oilers past Ducks 2-1, to 2-0 series lead ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — While the Anaheim Ducks dominated the puck and peppered the Edmonton net with shots over the final 2 1/2 periods, Cam Talbot stood tall — when he wasn't sprawling, diving or gloving everything in sight. While Connor McDavid is getting most of the attention during the Oilers' impressive Stanley Cup playoff run this spring, their hard... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:21:00 GMT 2017-04-29T06:21:00Z GM McPhee weighs hopes of Vegas hitting NHL lottery jackpot As jackpots go in Las Vegas, George McPhee wouldn't mind little lady luck being on the side of his Golden Knights expansion franchise when the NHL holds its draft lottery on Saturday. "That would be so like Vegas in its first lottery, winning it," the Golden Knights general manager told The Associated Press by phone. "That would be something." ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:00 GMT 2017-04-27T18:31:00Z McDavid faces off with Kesler when Oilers visit Ducks ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Connor McDavid is about to get to know Ryan Kesler very well. When the Edmonton Oilers visit the Anaheim Ducks for their second-round playoff opener on Wednesday night at Honda Center, all eyes will be on the Oilers' 20-year-old superstar and the Ducks' All-Star center, who is usually assigned to stop the world's best players. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-04-25T21:40:00Z Marbury in talks with other clubs after Beijing Ducks era BEIJING (AP) — Stephon Marbury's agent said Tuesday that they are in talks with several clubs in China after the former NBA All-Star parted ways with the Chinese Basketball Association's Beijing Ducks at the weekend. Marbury "will definitely play one more year," Wang Meng told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Marbury, 40, helped the Beijing ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:15:00 GMT 2017-04-25T06:15:00Z