NHL Notes: Predators' P.K. Subban Fined $2,000 for Embellishment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has been fined $2,000 for embellishment after taking a hit from St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson during their Western Conference semifinal.

Subban and Edmundson had received offsetting minor penalties after the incident that took place May 2 during Game 4 of the series won by Nashville. Subban received a $2,000 fine because this was his second citation. NHL officials had given Subban a warning after an incident during a Jan. 22 game with the Minnesota Wild.

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The NHL's operations department tracks all games and issues citations when it determines that a player warrants a sanction.

The money from Subban's fine will go the NHL players' emergency assistance fund.

Nashville will be facing either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals.

Hurricanes: Darling eager to capitalize on chance to start
RALEIGH, N.C. -- So much has changed for Scott Darling in the past few weeks -- a new team, a new contract and a new role as the Carolina Hurricanes' presumptive starting goalie.

There's still four long months until preseason camp begins, but he's ready to get started and take advantage of this chance.

"There's always pressure -- you're in the NHL, it's your job to play well and perform," Darling said Wednesday. "Especially at goalie, you feel a little bit more pressure because you're kind of in the limelight there. I'm excited for the challenge. It's kind of what I've been hoping for my whole career, to have this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started."

It's been a blur of a spring for Darling, who spent three seasons backing up two-time Stanley Cup winner Corey Crawford in Chicago before he was traded to Carolina on April 28 in exchange for a draft pick (see full recap).

Predators: Postseason has turned Music City into Smashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The place known as Smashville is ready for its close-up.

The Nashville Predators have reached their first Western Conference final in franchise history and that has spread hockey fever far beyond their arena and the team's loyal legion of fans. Stars from Carrie Underwood to Lady Antebellum are lining up to sing the national anthem and the likes of John Hiatt to Lee Greenwood are singing with the house band during intermissions.

Not only do Predators' flags and banners drape Nashville's famous honkytonks, they now hang from front porches in the suburbs of Music City.

"You can't drive through a neighborhood without seeing a flag," Predators president Sean Henry said. "So it's fun to tap into a passion that this community has for sports, and right now it's all about the Nashville Predators," (see full recap).

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