Predators’ 4-3 Game 4 win featured a little bit of everything, including a suddenly squared series

By John Glennon

    In a postseason battle that could rightfully be called the NHL’s NASCAR playoff series, maybe we should have expected the team with the fastest pit stop to emerge victorious in Game 4.

    It’s in that light that Predators equipment manager Pete Rogers emerged as one of Sunday’s stars, one of the men responsible for bringing to an end about 195 minutes of madcap Music City playoff hockey over the weekend.

    Late in the second overtime, with the Preds starting to appear as if they were clinging to hope on the strength of Juuse Saros’ fingernails, Nashville found itself with some rare offensive zone time.

    The problem? Preds forward Luke Kunin had broken his stick, leaving Nashville a man short while trying to score. But just for a second or two.

    Rogers immediately bolted from his spot behind the Preds bench, retreating into the tunnel to grab Kunin a new stick. So when Kunin came skating back looking for new lumber (okay, fiberglass), Rogers had it ready. Kunin grabbed it on the fly – no tire change needed -- and cruised into the offensive zone unmarked, as his brief exit had allowed him to lose his defender.

    One slick pass into the slot from Mikael Granlund later, Kunin scored his . . .

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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: