Breathe deep, Predators fans, and put yesterday's 2-0 loss behind you. The Nashville-Chicago series shifts this week to Bridgestone Arena, where the Preds have an opportunity to take charge in Games 3 & 4. Will the fans of "Smashville" help make that happen?
After the jump, we've got reaction to all of yesterday's games, along with news that the NHL is jumping on board with Boxee, the video-streaming platform that's all the rage these days. All that, and a whole lot more...
In The Playoffs Yesterday
Phoenix 4, Detroit 2: The Coyotes have been able to beat Jimmy Howard quite a bit in this series...
Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT): The East's #7 seed leads the #2, thanks to an overtime goal from Dan Carcillo.
Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 2: The #4 seed Penguins won on the road, due in part to two points from Sidney Crosby.
Colorado 1, San Jose 0 (OT): If you never believed in playoff curses, this might change your mind. The Sharks threw 51 shots at Craig Anderson, who somehow carried the Avalanche into overtime, where this set off a huge reaction on Twitter:
5 Reasons to Love the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs " Intelligence, Please…
Our man in Washington sounds off on just why this time of year is so special.
What The Puck: WCQF Round 1, Game 2 - Nashville at Chicago: L 0-2
Rachel keeps the positive in mind, as the Preds head home for two critical games this week.
Preds 101: The "Trap": Why Clogging the Neutral Zone is the Key to Beating CHI
Showing what happens when you allow Ho$$a to wind up for a full-speed give-and-go through center ice.
Brandon Felder - Hawks Even Series Up at 1 With Shutout of Nashville 2-0
Brandon calls out several of the top Nashville forwards for not stepping up in Patric Hornqvist's absence.
Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Hawks Stymie Preds in 2-0 Win to Even Series
Buddy notes that while it stinks to lose any game in the playoffs, stealing home ice advantage is a big win out of these first two games.
The View from 111: Hawks Even Series With Predators With A 2-0 Win
Mark should really be let into the dressing room to give pre-game pep talks to the Preds...
mc79hockey.com - Hawks-Predators "Preview"
It's a little late, but Tyler's series preview is a good one. As I outlined in my preview, however, I believe that just looking at the overall season totals obscures an important trend, and makes the matchup appear worse than it truly is.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
John Glennon finds a bright spot from last night in the play of Boyd, Spaling and Smithson on the fourth line.
Around the NHL
Live NHL Games Now Available on Boxee - Mashable.com
Boxee is releasing a new version of its software to users that adds some performance and usability enhancements, plus a new content partner, the NHL.
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Collapse of Dynamo Moscow
Some really lousy news out of Russia, where a classic franchise is going under.
Best start ever for Stanley Cup Playoffs - NHL.com
You gotta admit, the first round of these playoffs has been amazingly entertaining so far.
Building a Contender: Atlanta Salary Efficiency 2009-10 - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Falconer rolls up his sleeves and gets to work on rebuilding the Thrashers' roster.
Grab Bag (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Aaron Portzline shares his award ballot for the various NHL honors.
Mr. Houston's Opus - Pension Plan Puppets
PPP picks a squabble with an angry old man. Ugly, but funny stuff.
Boychuck Slash Deserved More Than Two Minutes - Die By The Blade
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek was slashed on the knee and took an awkward tumble into the boards, so Sabres fans want at a suspension...
Bloge Salming: Where NHL Players Careers Go To Die...
Where do all the players go when they don't make the playoffs? Bloge Salming and DGB found out... WARNING: The song in this video will get stuck in your head, whether you like it or not. Trust me, you'll like it.