Next step for Predators: Getting beyond second round

Next step for Predators: Getting beyond second round
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Now that they’ve swept the Western Conference’s top seed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round.

The Predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. They came close last year before losing a seventh game to the San Jose Sharks.

Then again, the Predators also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the Chicago Blackhawks before this week.

”We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday night after a 4-1 victory that completed the stunning sweep of Chicago. ”It’s such a long process. I promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. That’s not to disrespect (the Blackhawks).

It’s just the way the playoffs go. It gets harder in the second round. It gets harder in the third round. And when you’re in the Finals, it’s lightning speed and ridiculously hard. That’s the nature of the Stanley Cup playoffs.”

The Predators next face the winner of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild quarterfinal, a series St. Louis leads 3-1.

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