How The West Was Won
The Stanley Cup Final. How did we get here?
Then they sent the Blues back to St. Louis...
Now St Louis can get back to what they do best:— Dan D Bradley (@DanDBradley) May 7, 2017
-Whining about Kolten Wong
-Ruining Italian food
-Listening to organ music
-Leaving St Louis
...and had just been dealt the Anaheim Ducks for the Western Conference Final.
You can catch-up on the Preds full journey to the Western Conference here.
For the first time in franchise history the Nashville Predators were playing for a conference championship against a ruthless Anaheim Ducks team.
After ousting the Ducks in Round 1 last year, there was some leftover animosity...
...and a newfound player rivalry we never knew we wanted.
“The Battle of the Ryans”
Safe to say Ryan Johansen and Ryan Kesler don't like each other pic.twitter.com/itFp2ZQFb1— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 15, 2017
Ryjo was not having any of Ryan Kesler’s garbage.
Unfortunately, things took a dark turn for Johansen after Game 4.
An update on Ryan Johansen's status: pic.twitter.com/Et2vuaR0GI— Nashville Preds PR (@PredsPR) May 19, 2017
On the surface it looked like the Preds run for the Cup was coming to a close, but if we learned anything in the first two rounds it’s that you can never underestimate this team and what they’re capable of. With the support of their fallen teammates...
The Preds soldiered on, in glorious fashion...
Johansen might have been out of the series but Kesler checked out too...
RYAN KESLER COULDN'T WIN A FACE OFF AGAINST COLTON SISSONS AND VERN FIDDLER.— Dan D Bradley (@DanDBradley) May 21, 2017
Second most overpaid player in the playoffs.
And then in Game 6 the Nashville Predators made history led by a hat-trick from Colton Sissons.
The Nashville Predators became Western Conference Champions.
The Ducks packed up to head back to hell... I mean Anaheim.
"Perry sad... Perry tired of losing games while dressed as cheap Halloween candy" - Corey Perry, probably https://t.co/TWA1aDuM5W— Link (@3DLink) May 13, 2017
Mike Yeo still doesn’t know where he is...
...and the Blackhawks are all enjoying their vacations.
The Stanley Cup Final
The Nashville Predators are currently tied 2-2 with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a bout for the Stanley Cup.
wow so much chirping this series pic.twitter.com/I0Q8KXvZuI— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 6, 2017
The Preds are only two wins away from being Stanley Cup Champions.
Fun would be an understatement.
This team, and this city are having the time of their lives.
In my short time covering hockey, I have never seen anything like this. Nashville is ridiculous right now. pic.twitter.com/pSCuXeGDda— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) June 3, 2017
The First two games in Pittsburgh might not have gone the Predators’ way, but once they returned to Nashville, they did not disappoint.
There have been “instruments of crime”...
... and catfish.
There have been cellies...
...some really, really loud goalie taunting...
...and more cellies.
Ryan Johansen became the Mayor of Nashville...
...and they renamed the streets.
...followed by this...
... followed by more cellies, this time with more Arvy.
More instruments of crime, dressed to kill...
Look! I'm Woody! Howdy Howdy Howdy! pic.twitter.com/unHiEXaCcI— Fang Fingers (@FangFingersTN) June 6, 2017
...Pekka doing totally normal things...
... and, of course, parties.
Win or lose, one thing is certain, the Nashville Predators have changed the look of the Stanley Cup Finals. With Games 3 and 4 looking like warm-up parties for Game 6, one can only imagine what the party will look like if they win the whole thing.