NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Martin Erat #10 of the Nashville Predators passes the puck in front of Brad Stuart #23 and goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Last night's 3-2 loss was a frustrating one for Nashville Predators fans, and as the team heads up to Detroit for Game 3 on Sunday (11 a.m. Central on NBC), I'm sure there will be some adjustments made. Potentially a different guy getting in the lineup, or perhaps a switch made to some of the forward lines. Overall, though, the approach was pretty solid, even if the results didn't show it.
After the jump, our morning hockey notes begin with two very different articles examining how the Preds' long-term focus (which they need to stick with here) has helped them develop into a winning hockey club...
Nashville Predators News
Faith, Hope, & Love – in a Hockey Context (Part 2 of 2) | Predators AJenda
More outstanding reading here on what may very well set the Predators apart from the rest of the pack. The perfect balm for those still stinging over last night's loss.
The rules of Predators coach Barry Trotz - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek writes about the evolution of the Nashville way.
Hornqvist: Playoff Power Play Lacks "Puck Luck" | PuckScene.com
27's not sweating it. He in particular had a golden opportunity in the crease that he barely missed connecting with.
Bertuzzi and Weber fight in response to Weber’s Game 1 hit on Zetterberg - Nashville Predators Examiner
The Bertuzzi/Weber fight should be the end of the Zetterberg affair. I didn't think they'd go after Weber like that during the playoffs, but now it's over and done with.
In Which Gabby Bourque Celebrates and Pekka Rinne's Glove Sneezes - Predlines
Caroline provides her breakdown of the goals from Game One.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh notes that the Fisher/Datsyuk battle has been a standoff so far. That's not a bad thing, but as I said last night, SK74 needs a wakeup call.
Nashville Predators' Alexander Radulov does everything but score | The Tennessean
Well, he did the work which led to AK46's goal, though. I thought Rads looked very good last night.
Even Mike Babcock remarked how the whims of fortune have played a large role in these first two games.
The Ads at least took things to overtime before falling again to Rockford.
Here's a brief interview which Vince Gill did with the CBC last night, representing Smashville well:
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Kings At Canucks Game Two Recap ; Confidence Shaken (4-2L) - Nucks Misconduct
Oh my... the Presidents Trophy winners are now down 2-0 and headed to L.A.
ECQF Game 2: Flyers score EIGHT GOALS, take 2-0 series lead over Penguins - Broad Street Hockey
It was "Back to the 80's Night" in Pittsburgh, as the Flyers took a commanding series lead in a wild, wild game.
New Jersey Devils Dominate First Period, Hold On Late to Beat Florida Panthers 3-2 - In Lou We Trust
The Panthers made it interesting, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to make this close.
We Got Ourselves A Series: Red Wings 3 - Predators 2 (Series Tied 1-1) - Winging It In Motown
Jimmy Howard was the star of the show last night for Detroit.
Winning the Stanley Cup: In serendipity they trust - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle searches the magic elixir for playoff success.
Big fish throw women’s hockey minnows a line - The Globe and Mail
With the 2014 Winter Olympics on the horizon, folks are thinking how to best leverage that event to grow the sport of women's hockey.
The Best Worst Team in NHL History - The 2011-12 Montreal Canadiens - Habs Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens, if they choose wisely on a GM this summer, could bounce back quickly.
Did Alex Burrows taunt Mike Richards about recreational drug use? | Puck Daddy
I can't stand Burrows like the rest of you, but this is actually a pretty impressive effort at getting under another guy's skin.
FHS Awards Show - Goal Scoring Breakout - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
In the alternate universe of fantasy hockey, it's time for a look back at the season gone by.
And lastly... consider making a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto: