Predators big push for Cup falls short for second year in row

Associated Press
5/8/2012 2:08:21 PM
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NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators can console themselves knowing they aggressively made moves in an all-out effort win the Stanley Cup. Now they will spend the off-season finding out just how costly those decisions will be after coming up short in the Western Conference semifinals for a second straight year.

The Predators lost 2-1 to Phoenix on Monday night were eliminated in the semifinals in five games -- a game less than a year ago when they lost to eventual Western champ Vancouver.

Nashville finished ahead of Detroit in the final standings and also beat the Red Wings in the playoffs all for the first time.

Now the Predators have tough decisions ahead. The roster features seven restricted free agents including captain Shea Weber with defenceman Ryan Suter among eight unrestricted players.

Alexander Radulov (Photo: Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
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