James Neal’s Hat Trick Lifts Nashville Past Chicago 3-2; Preds Still Unbeaten In Regulation | Star Tribune

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For Neal, it was the fifth hat trick of his career. Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in June, Neal has five goals in four games. Filip Forsberg had two assists. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. With Chicago trailing 3-1, Shaw tipped a rebound past goalie Pekka Rinne at 12:36 of the third. That gave Chicago fans making the trip down for the game a reason to get loud again. The Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Raanta for the extra attacker. Rinne gloved the puck out of the air with 1:18 left with Shaw trying to score. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville took his timeout, but the Blackhawks couldn’t beat Rinne despite outshooting Nashville 32-27. The Blackhawks left goalie Corey Crawford at home for this two-game road swing because of an upper body injury, and Raanta got his second straight start. The Predators outshot Chicago early with a flurry of action in front of Raanta. But Smith flipped a wrister over Rinne’s outstretched leg off a rebound at 12:21 for a 1-0 lead for the Blackhawks. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/280269332.html

A lot has to do with proximity either by car eight hour drive or by air 50 minute flight. It also helps that Southwest Airlines has an incredible amount of direct flights from Midway Airport to Nashville. Last season the Predators tried a campaign to Keep the Red Out where if you bought a ticket to a Predators/Blackhawks game, you had to buy one for a non-Predators/Blackhawks game later in the year. The deal was in some ways a success, because two of the three games were sellouts, though Hawks fans still dominated the crowds. Most of Thursday, the Predators official team Twitter had been informing fans about how to get rid of their red outfits for the evening’s game between the two teams. PSA on the red redemption: if it’s attached to someone’s head please don’t try to turn it in. #savethegingers #CHIvsNSH Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 23, 2014 Below is the new campaign to make it harder for Chicago fans to go to Nashville games via email from the Predators: -Game was included in all season-ticket packages, to make sure the Loyal Legion had tickets to the game. -Pre-sale opportunities to season-ticket holders, first access to buy game individual game tickets (this game included) -Single-game buyers in viewing area opportunity to buy game through pre-sale codes -Individual tickets went on sale at Bridgestone Arena only, [so] people in Nashville would have opportunity to buy single game tickets (including this game), first -Following all of the above, tickets went on sale to the general public/outer market. And the promotions! – Free popcorn to any fans wearing gold -Turn in any red item to Fan Information and get a Preds ticket voucher (one voucher per person). Red items will be donated to the Chicago Rescue Mission -Turn in a Hawks sweater and receive a Preds sweatshirt When it comes to the Predators or any NHL team if a building is full, a promotion clearly works. And there actually seemed to be fewer Blackhawks fans at the Thursday game than usual per the iPhone photo from the Preds press box from the start of the contest at the bottom of the page. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blackhawks-fans-invade-nashville-in-large-numbers-010621957.html

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The puck doesn’t lie. After Ryan Johansen had a potential hat trick and game-winning goal waived off on a controversial goalie interference call, the Columbus Blue Jackets still ended up getting the winner less than a minute later when Mark Letestu deflected in a David Savard shot with 20 seconds to play to give them a 5-4 win in San Jose. Justice was served. Impact Moment Detroit’s rally all started when Mike Babcock went with the extra attacker with three minutes to play with his team down by two goals, a move straight out of the Patrick Roy playbook from last season. And it worked. Henrik Zetterberg’s goal shortly after started the snowball rolling for the Detroit comeback and helped the Red Wings steal two points in the standings. Stat of the Night Sure, we used the Sabres in the stat of the night last night as well, but you have to admit, this stuff is pretty crazy. Their 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday was already the third time they have been shut out this season in only eight games. There were seven teams that went all of last season and were shut out three times or fewer. On the season, they have as many goals as a team (eight) as two individual players ( New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry ). source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/10/24/7056205/nhl-scores-james-neal-hat-trick-leads-predators-sabres-still-cant

NHL Scores: James Neal hat trick leads Predators, Sabres still can’t score – SBNation.com


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