Joel Ward wins it for Washington, Admirals sunk: Thursday's notes

April 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) scores the game-winning goal while right wing Mike Knuble (22) screens Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the first overtime period in game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. The Washington Capitals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Last night was one of ups and downs for past and future Nashville Predators. In Washington, ex-Pred Joel Ward earned himself a permanent place in the hearts of Capitals fans by scoring the OT winner in Game 7 against Boston, while the Milwaukee Admirals were swept out of the Calder Cup playoffs.

REMINDER: The Predators are hosting an open practice at 11:00 a.m. over at Centennial Sportsplex, so stop on by and check them out before they fly to Phoenix for Game One Friday night.

All this and a lot more after the jump...

Nashville Predators News

While reading this morning, listen to your Vezina Trophy finalist, as he joined the Sports Revolution yesterday afternoon:

Pekka Rinne on 1025 2012-04-25 (mp3)

Hockey Night in Nashville: Nashville vs. Phoenix: Who has the edge?
Robby sees the two teams as quite similar, but with the Preds building on superior depth and experience.

Rinne walks in similar footsteps to Hasek - sportsnet.ca
Other than being uber-competitive (how many top goalies aren't?), I really can't think of anything that Pekka Rinne has in common with Dominik Hasek, other than working with Mitch Korn. If he can carve out a similar career path, though, that would be dynamite.

Talking 'Tenders - Nashville Predators
Tom Callahan, a goalie himself, has lots to look forward to in this series.

Nashville Predators' Shea Weber lends voice to You Can Play project | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper talks to Shea about the project.

Unheralded names could decide Coyotes-Predators - NHL.com
Given how these two teams are generally unheralded, I'd say this is a safe bet.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators Series Preview: The Goalies - Five For Howling
Basically a draw, right?

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators Series Preview: The Defensemen - Five For Howling
Even Coyotes fans concede the Preds have the advantage here.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators Series Preview: The Regular Season Review - Five For Howling
Jordan takes a look at how those games played out from the Phoenix side.

The 'im-Pekka-ble' story behind Nashville's Rinne - NHL.com
Another profile of the Vezina finalist.

Admirals season comes to an end - JSOnline
The Ads couldn't stand the Heat, getting swept in three games.

The Grand Curtain — Heat Sweep Admirals | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan signals out a pair of Jon Blum boarding penalties as keeping the Ads from getting on a roll last night.

Lastly, take in the media scrum with Barry Trotz at practice yesterday:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Recap: Caps 2, Bruins 1 (OT) - Japers' Rink
Wardo with the winner!

Joel Ward Targeted On Twitter After Game-Winning Goal - SBNation.com
This is just disgusting. Be warned, repulsive language here.

GIF: Braden Holtby Doesn't Have Time For Rich Peverley's Antics - SBNation.com
This, however, is hilarious.

Washington Capitals dump-and-chase their way to victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 | Edmonton Journal
The dump & chase can work well if the chasers are actually chasing.

Luongo trade talk + 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman argues that it may not be so difficult to move Bobby Lu after all.

The View from 111: The NHL's Television Problem
Mark's concerned about what all these upstarts could mean for the NHL's TV ratings in the weeks ahead.

Sean Burke's a keeper at mentoring goalies - Vancouver Province
Phoenix digs their goalie coach, too.

Phoenix Coyotes' Doan savors success at last | The Tennessean
The Coyotes captain is going to be on a mission.

Something Magic | Backhand Shelf
E beholds the Grail.

For Dynamo, a Stunning Comeback - NYTimes.com
The 2012 Gagarin Cup goes to Dynamo Moscow, after coming back from being down 3-1 in the series against Avangard Omsk.

Scottish hockey player barred from joining his team for championship after wearing a plush bear costume | Puck Daddy
Well, naturally.

Why We Dive | Backhand Shelf
It's a despised act, but oh-so-common.

The Player Mailbag: Bounty system in NHL; gay player acceptance; does media know hockey? | Puck Daddy
Interesting insights here from an anonymous player.

The magical fourth year: 10 players you want to draft for next season! | The Hockey Writers
Something to keep in mind when preparing for fantasy hockey drafts in the fall.

Coming Down the Pipe!: Record setting night in USHL
Pretty neat stuff here, as a guy scores three shorthanded goals in one game.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks | Puck Daddy
Here's the Hawks post-mortem.

Marc-Andre Fleury: Mediocre Goalie With Undeserved Reputation - The Copper & Blue
That Stanley Cup glow can linger for quite a while.

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