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(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will again try to stave off elimination in the Western Conference semifinals, as they host the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in tonights Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators were down 3-1 in the series before taking Game 5 in Vancouver on Saturday. With another victory tonight, Nashville will tie the set and force a decisive seventh game this Wednesday in Vancouver. Nashville stayed alive thanks to a strong performance by Joel Ward in Game 5 at Rogers Arena. Ward, who has seven goals and five assists in this years playoffs, scored a pair of third-period goals to help the Predators take a 4-3 decision. Ward also had an assist, while David Legwand scored twice for the fifth-seeded Predators, who won a game when facing elimination for the first time in franchise history. Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots in the victory. "We were excited coming in and as a group we always rise to adversity," said Ward. "We just tried to treat this as another game and not put too much pressure on ourselves and execute." Ryan Kesler scored twice and Raffi Torres added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who are looking to reach the conference finals for the first time since 1994. Roberto Luongo made 19 saves in the loss. "They came out real strong and had a lot of energy to start," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault. "I thought we played a good first period, but things started to slip away for us in the third." Vancouver has a poor 1-4 record when it has a chance to eliminate a team this postseason. Of course, the Canucks led Chicago three-games-to-none in the opening round, but needed to win Game 7 to take the series. Vancouver has lost just one series in its history when holding a three-games-to-one lead, losing in seven games to Minnesota in the 2003 conference semifinals. The Sedin twins had an awful showing in Game 5, as Vancouvers star forwards went without a point and combined for a minus-seven rating. Daniel Sedin, who led the NHL with 104 points this year, has just two assists in this series. Henrik Sedin has a goal and two assists in the set and all of those points came in Game 4. With the Sedins struggling, Kesler has shouldered the offensive load for the Canucks in this series, posting five goals and four assists. He scored the game-winning tallies for Vancouver in both of the games played in Nashville. Four of the five games in this series have been decided by just one goal. The lone exception was in Game 4 when Vancouver claimed a 4-2 victory in the Music City. The Predators, who are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, lost both of their home games in this series and are 2-3 as the host in this postseason. Nashville was 24-9-8 as the home club during the regular season. The Canucks are 3-2 on the road in these playoffs and had a stellar 27-10-4 record as the visiting team in the regular season. Vancouver will be forced to play tonight without veteran forward Mikael Samuelsson, who suffered a lower body injury in Game 5 and will not make the trip to Nashville. Samuelsson had a stellar postseason last spring with eight goals and seven assists, but he has just one goal and two helpers in the 2011 playoffs. Nashville is expected to be without forward Steve Sullivan (lower body) but head coach Barry Trotz said that he expects forward Jerred Smithson (upper body) to play tonight. Sullivan has sat out the last two contests and Smithson missed Game 5. Preds forward Nick Spaling (shoulder) is expected to play this evening. The Predators and Vancouver split four games in the regular season series and this is the first time the clubs are meeting in the postseason. www.cincinnatibengalsjerseysonline.com/elite-leon-hall-bengals-jersey/ . Brian Langtry led the way with four goals and a pair of assists as the Colorado Mammoth grabbed the definitive edge in a tight National Lacrosse League playoff race with a 13-6 victory over the Edmonton Rush on Saturday. www.cincinnatibengalsjerseysonline.com/elite-taylor-mays-bengals-jersey/ . So after 10 months of competition, Barcelonas 22nd league title and fourth in five years wasnt decided at Camp Nou, but rather a few miles away at Cornella-El Prat Stadium. Madrid had staved off Barcelonas title celebration by winning its last three games, but the titleholders failed to delay it any longer. http://www.cincinnatibengalsjerseysonline.com/elite-terence-newman-bengals-jersey/. Toronto traded the 27-year-old Brown to Edmonton on Monday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. www.cincinnatibengalsjerseysonline.com/elite-adam-jones-bengals-jersey/ . Aoki told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he couldnt take part because he has to prepare for next season with the Brewers, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Wednesday. Pitchers Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners already informed two-time defending champion Japan they will not be available for the March 2-19 WBC. www.cincinnatibengalsjerseysonline.com/elite-brandon-thompson-bengals-jersey/ . -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says running back Jahvid Best began experiencing "concussion-like symptoms" after Sundays game against San Francisco.AUCKLAND, New Zealand - After four long years, Richie McCaw is counting down the hours before he can start trying to fully atone for New Zealands disastrous finish to the last World Cup. The All Blacks captain and coaching staff have answered more questions than theyd care to remember regarding New Zealands failures at every World Cup since it won the inaugural tournament in 1987. With the World Cup back on home soil for the first time since then, McCaw is desperate to end the drought. New Zealands host cities and towns have been scrubbed and polished. Theres flags for the 20 competing countries hanging all over the place, as is the sense of anticipation. The All Blacks open against Tonga on Friday night at a revamped Eden Park stadium in what looms as a bruising, highly intense clash. Catch the opening ceremonies ahead of the first game of the tournament between New Zealand and Tonga. All the action gets underway live on TSN2 tonight beginning at 3:30am et/12:30am pt. "Its a stage where everyone is at their peak and if you want success youve got to be," McCaw told a news conference Thursday. "Thats what motivates me - to test yourself in the toughest environment and, when you do that and succeed, thats when you can be satisfied. "A World Cup is the biggest stage and you want to prove yourself on that." McCaw and star flyhalf Daniel Carter were replaced during the 2007 quarterfinal in Cardiff before France staged a magnificent comeback to send the New Zealanders to their earliest exit ever in the tournament. That came after the All Blacks had walloped the French in a warmup match. "Youd be a mug if you hadnt learned in the four years since then," McCaw said. The lead-up has been different this time. The top-ranked New Zealanders lost away tests to World Cup champion South Africa and Australia to surrender the Tri-Nations title and come into the World Cup on consecutive losses for the first time. "History has shown that what has happened previously - good or bad - means nothing come kickoff," McCaw said. "Therell be no complacency this time." Thats important for the All Blacks, as the Tongans arent likely to be ruffled by reputations. Ever since arriving on Monday, captain Finau Maka and his squad have been shadowed by thousands of resident Tongans. The welcoming committee was so large that Auckland airport became gridlocked for hours with cars and their red-and-white flags. Theyre treating it like a neighbourhood game. "Theres no pressure on us, the pressure is on them," said Maka, who passed a fitness test Thursday and is certain to take his place in the backrow against New Zealand. "Were just going to go out there and give it to them and see if they can handle it. "We just dont want to turn up and make up the numbers," he added. "We wannt to go out there and show the world that Tonga does exist.dddddddddddd" The Tongans won the right to start their war dance, the Sipi Tau, first. Organizers have said its up to the All Blacks to decide when they respond. If its anything like the encounters in 2003 and 1999, its likely to be instantaneous. Organizers have planned a fireworks extravaganza across this harbour city and celebrations across the rugby-mad country of 4.5 million on Friday night in the official opening for the tournament, which features 48 matches across six weeks - including eight in the first three days. All the heavyweights are in action on the first weekend, with the most anticipated clash between 2007 finalist England and third-place finisher Argentina at Dunedin on Saturday night - under the covered roof of a brand new stadium that has replaced the citys famous "House of Pain." Jonny Wilkinson, who kicked England to victory in extra time against Australia in the 2003 final to secure the first title for a northern hemisphere team, is back in the driving seat at flyhalf. England team manager Martin Johnson, the captain of that 2003 squad, unveiled his starting team on Thursday, taking no chances against an Argentina squad that will be a handful in the forwards and capably marshalled in the backs by veteran captain Felipe Contepomi. In earlier matches Saturday, Chris Paterson will set a Scotland record when he lines up in his fourth World Cup at fullback against Romania at Invercargill, Fiji opens against Namibia at Rotorua in Pool C and two-time finalist France takes on John Kirwans Japan team. Defending champion South Africa gets underway Sunday night in a challenging Pool D encounter with Wales at Wellington. The No. 2-ranked Australians kick off Sundays action against Italy in Auckland, and the U.S. squad will attend an ecumenical church service in the morning to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks before taking on Ireland at New Plymouth. While Tongan flags were fluttering all over Auckland, the Russian flag was at half-mast in Blenheim where the national squad was coming to grips with news of the tragic air crash near Moscow, which killed 43 people, including 36 players, coaches and officials of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team that was heading to Minsk, Belarus, to play its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season. "Theres a very, very strong bond across all sports in Russia. Its hit hard," the Russian rugby teams media manager, Leon Addie, told local reporters. "Plane travel is an inherent part of playing sports in Russia because of the distances to cover. All of our players can empathize completely." The team observed a minutes silence during its official welcome in Blenheim, where it is in camp until its opening match against the United States at New Plymouth on Sept. 15. ' ' '
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