How The West Was Won
The Stanley Cup Final. How did we get here?
The last time we checked in the Predators had swept the Chicago Blackhawks.
April 21, 2017
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.
Rolling into Anaheim like... #NSHvsANA pic.twitter.com/V4HLl19bnk— PREDS615 (@Preds615) May 11, 2017
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...
Whamo. #Preds #NSHvsANA pic.twitter.com/50aJyuJqcZ— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) May 13, 2017
...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.
Come get your mans pic.twitter.com/4TGRdaNtYg— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 19, 2017
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...
Took him a while but he made it @KevinFiala22 pic.twitter.com/N5NV3rSBDd— Ryan Johansen (@RyanJohansen19) May 21, 2017
The Preds soldiered on, in glorious fashion...
oh MAN that's something pretty! https://t.co/cZiHWbQsDY pic.twitter.com/QG4KtGo46u— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 21, 2017
No-look backhand goal: ✅ #Preds #NSHvsANA pic.twitter.com/MO2ujPNvD9— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 21, 2017
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.
A memory that will last... forever.— 102.5 The Game (@1025TheGame) May 23, 2017
The final seconds that sent the #Preds to the #StanleyCup Final. #Nashville pic.twitter.com/AJXSZLPHIu
The Nashville Predators became Western Conference Champions.
Lettssssss goo babbbyyyyy me and my brother @KevinFiala22 have our legs elevated #20on20off let's go boys!!!!! #smashvilleletsgo!!!! pic.twitter.com/Klz4j2GTcn— Ryan Johansen (@RyanJohansen19) May 29, 2017
May 23, 2017
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...
Late entry: pic.twitter.com/Qq1nxhXooe— Dan D Bradley (@DanDBradley) May 25, 2017
...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.
You could say the @PredsNHL are having fun. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/rAdLLcMYcX— NHL (@NHL) June 6, 2017
Fun would be an understatement.
This team, and this city are having the time of their lives.
#Smashville does the #StanleyCup BIG. #Preds pic.twitter.com/wmia6XUzx4— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) June 3, 2017
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”...
#CatfishGuy charged w/ disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting and possession of an instrument of a crime?!?! #StandWithUs #FREECatfishGuy pic.twitter.com/QevHrb2Qyw— Preds Maverick (@PredsMaverick) May 30, 2017
When James Neal buys you dinner @McD_Nashville. #Preds #PITvsNSH pic.twitter.com/ANsSwG4tqy— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) June 4, 2017
... and catfish.
June 4, 2017
There have been cellies...
Carrie & co. celebrate a Game 3 victory in #SMASHVILLE!— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 4, 2017
(via IG/@carrieunderwood) pic.twitter.com/DtIUM4nZB4
...some really, really loud goalie taunting...
Nashville fans are ruthless...and REALLY loud.#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/R12Y0Ql8z7— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 4, 2017
...and more cellies.
Kieth Urban held a goal light aloft after #Preds goals last night. Haha amazing. #PITvsNSH pic.twitter.com/93EICPRkju— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) June 4, 2017
Ryan Johansen became the Mayor of Nashville...
Please welcome Predators center @RyanJohansen19, our Honorary Mayor for today! #PredsPride pic.twitter.com/p5e2BnZ3TZ— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) June 5, 2017
...and they renamed the streets.
Fifth Avenue has a new name through the end of June --> #Preds pic.twitter.com/wFxZy84KOH— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) June 5, 2017
So Charles Barkley just crashed a Wayne Gretzky/Paul Coffey press conference...#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/28d3vPRmgg— NHL (@NHL) June 5, 2017
...followed by this...
Charles Barkley is having the time of his life in Smashville. #Preds pic.twitter.com/rRCNK8WAKX— Mark Harris (@TweetsByHarris) June 6, 2017
... followed by more cellies, this time with more Arvy.
HUG ME, PAPA BEAR pic.twitter.com/4DuXZG4PYD— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 6, 2017
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...
Pekka's out there just making absurd saves. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/qFKUeJlWV3— NHL (@NHL) June 6, 2017
... and, of course, parties.
Party on the ice.— NHL (@NHL) June 4, 2017
Party in the stands.
Party in the streets.#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/CY3t2pkEpW
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.