After last night’s 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the Nashville Predators are one win away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

The win fell in line with the alternating pattern that the entire series has followed.

Here is a look at how Nashville got to the point of staring history in the face heading into Game Six.

Predators on the Prowl

Nashville breezed past the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One with a sweep. The St. Louis Blues put up a valiant fight, but the Predators sent them packing in six games during the Western Conference Semifinals.

Game One of the Western Conference Finals went to Nashville. Right winger James Neal scored the game-winning goal at just about the halfway mark of the overtime period. Goalkeeper Pekka Rinne saved 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

Anaheim evened the series, thanks to three unanswered goals from the end of the second period onward in Game Two. John Gibson, the Ducks’ goalkeeper, had 30 saves on the night.

Two days later, the Predators took a 2-1 lead. Anaheim squandered their 1-0 advantage in the third period and defenseman Roman Josi put the game-winner into the back of the net with under three minutes left in regulation.

In Game Four, the Ducks earned their second win of the series. Right winger Corey Perry netted the winning goal 10:25 into overtime and thus forced a sixth game.

About Last Night

It took until the 12:46 mark of the second period for either team to finally break through for a score. The home crowd erupted with joy on Anaheim center Chris Wagner’s goal.

Less than seven minutes later, left winger Colin Wilson quieted them back down with a power play goal.

Then, just past the midpoint of the third period, left winger Pontus Aberg put the Predators ahead. Eight minutes later, fellow left winger Austin Watson sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

Home Sweet Nashville

The Predators will not only have the chance to clinch their first-ever berth in the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow. They could do it in front of their home crowd.

Game Six begins at 8:00 PM EST and NBC Sports Network has the broadcast.

Claudia Ceva is a Staff Writer for TheSportsBlaze.com.

About The Author

Claudia Ceva
College Basketball Writer

Claudia Ceva is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Claudia is a beat writer for the Syracuse women's soccer team over at SB Nation's "Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician." When she's not writing, you can find her rooting for the Orange, New York Giants, Yankees, New York Rangers, and Knicks in-person or at home. She also dabbles in the musical arts in her spare time, when there are no games to watch.

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