A Bright Morning In Smashville: Thursday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 02: Country singer Charlie Daniels performs during the first intermission of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have to be enjoying a jolt of confidence after last night's 2-0 victory in Game Three. Pekka Rinne was outstanding, the overall team game was impressive, and while there is room for improvement (I'm looking at you, power play), the mood around Smashville is much brighter heading into tomorrow's Game Four.

The Preds are hosting another open practice today, 11 a.m. at Centennial Sportsplex if you can make it. Sorry for the mix-up, it's a closed practice today.

For now, follow after the jump for your morning hockey notes...

Make sure to check TiqIQ for Preds playoff tickets!

Nashvillle Predators News

As always, the morning after a game surf through "More Predators Sites" box on the left side of the main page here at OTF, for recaps from around Nashville.

Post game audio is available from Barry Trotz, David Legwand, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter, and Shea Weber. Click each name for the MP3.

Watch a Nashville Predators’ ice girl take a catfish off the ice, bare-handed; was it alive? (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Upon further review, it looks like the wriggling may have been assisted.

Rinne gives Preds his own power play | The Tennessean
It sounds like Halischuk's OK despite getting shaken up.

Preds' top stars deliver victory - The Tennessean
Invoke ye old clichè about best players, etc.

Martin Erat strong as Predators win Game 3 -Nashville Predators Examiner
Marty got lots o' love for his feisty effort last night.

Predators prove errors — their own and others' — come at a cost | Nashville City Paper
At this time of year, mistakes can prove to be especially dangerous.

Poile and Predators win by doing it the right way - View From My Seats
The vast majority of observers gives the Preds credit for "putting the team first" and setting the table for a big win last night.

And lastly, I know what you're all wondering... what would Don Cherry do about Radulov & AK46?


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2012 NHL Playoffs: Marian Gaborik Wins It In Triple Overtime For Rangers - Blueshirt Banter
This game started well before, and ended well after, Preds/Coyotes, but in the end, the New York Rangers took a 2-1 series lead over Washington.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators Game 3: Well That Sucked - Five For Howling
The Coyotes knew Nashville's best punch was coming, they just couldn't do much about it.

Jamison bid to buy Phoenix Coyotes on track, Glendale officials told - Phoenix Business Journal
Could a happy ending come next week?

Ovechkin's ice time + 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
"there is a reason NHL teams are scared of drafting and depending on Russians, and what happened last Saturday night in Phoenix is Exhibit A."

Wilson on key decisions: ‘It’s crucial not to jump to a conclusion without going through whole process’ | Working the Corners
They're not ready to move those deck chairs around quite yet in San Jose.

Flames’ search for head coach in ‘first inning’ - Faceoff.com
Might Calgary be waiting until the playoffs are over, for the widest field of candidates?

Missed Opportunity? Star KHL’er Roman Cervenka signs with the Calgary Flames | Edmonton Journal
The Flames go in a different direction to start their rebuild.

The L.A Kings have struck again on Twitter | Backhand Shelf
Forget the playoffs, the Kings are killing it on Twitter. Give 'em a standing ovation here.

Fewer European players are coming to the NHL - Puck Drunk Love
The Swedes are a growing presence, but outside of that...

Previewing the United States' 2012 World Hockey Championship Team | The Hockey Writers
Take a look at the guys who will sport the red, white & blue at the Worlds later this month.

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Contenders - Puck Worlds
And nope, this doesn't include Team USA.

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