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Predators still remember Game 5

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The Predators haven't forgotten last postseason by any means.

Before Wednesday's 4-1 win, the last time the Hawks defeated the Predators at the United Center was their stunning come-from-behind win in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Patrick Kane scored the game-tying goal in the playoff game with 13.6 seconds left, and Marian Hossa got the game-winner in overtime after his five-minute boarding penalty.

The Hawks went from the brink of elimination to extreme elation. As everyone knows, the Hawks went on to take Game 6 in Nashville and eventually captured the Stanley Cup.

"It's how it ended," Predators winger Steve Sullivan told reporters before the game. "We really think that we should've won that series, plain and simple. We thought we were the better hockey club in that series. I'm not saying they didn't go on to play better hockey than that, but in that series, my own personal opinion ... I thought we were the better team.

"We let them off the hook on more than one occasion, and losing in overtime here in Game 5 was detrimental to our hockey club. It's not something you forget about very quickly. We thought we should've won that series."

Halfway through the first period Wednesday, replays were shown of the Game 5 victory at the United Center. It must have felt like salt being poured on an open wound.

"It's not just losing in overtime," Sullivan said. "It's the whole scenario leading into overtime and then losing with so little time left for them to tie the hockey game. It's the whole package. That's why it hurts so much, and that's why you don't forget.

''The more it hurts, the longer it takes to forget."

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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