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    If one wanted to file it under the category of short sample size, it would certainly be understandable. After all, the Nashville Predators are just two games into an 82-game NHL season that they hope includes a long playoff run.But if those games are any indication, it looks like they can count on a lethal power play to provide a consistent scoring punch.In splitting a weekend home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville (1-1-0) scored four of its six goals while a man up, including all three in Friday nights 3-2 win. Its power play marker in Saturday nights 5-3 defeat at the United Center was scored six seconds after Artem Amisimov went into the box for tripping.So the Dallas Stars, who visit Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night, might want to try to stay out of the box and not give the Predators man-advantage opportunities.Coach Peter Laviolette had a simple explanation for Nashvilles early power play success.Shooting the puck ... I mean, thats a big thing, he said. Getting that front presence -- we seem to be supporting the puck well. So good things are happening there.Between the Predators potent power play and Dallas ability to light the lamp, this might be a free-flowing game. The Stars (1-1-0) have scored nine goals in their first two games, although theyve also allowed eight.Dallas inability to stop the other guy was the reason for its 6-5 loss Saturday night in Colorado, which tallied five straight markers after the Stars grabbed a 2-0 lead.We had our chances, but we gave up a lot, left wing Jamie Benn said. We didnt do enough to win the hockey game and we didnt deserve to win. When you play like that, it doesnt matter if you scored five. Its unacceptable.Dallas goalie Antti Niemi was victimized by poor defense in front of him at Colorado, allowing five goals on just 20 shots before being replaced by Kari Lehtonen at 7:05 of the second period. Lehtonen stopped 12 of 13 shots, but the damage was done.Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Niemi struggled with rebound control.The puck wasnt sticking to him, Ruff said of Niemi. Some of the pucks were getting away from him, that created the extra chances.Ruff wants to see Dallas get off to quicker starts. It was outshot 17-1 in the first period of its season-opening 4-2 win over Anaheim on Thursday night and then buried itself Saturday night after potting two goals in the games first seven minutes.Nashville would probably like to get out of the blocks a bit faster, too. It gave up the first goal in its win against Chicago and then dug a 3-0 hole before the first periods end Saturday night, which essentially decided the game even though it outshot the Blackhawks 36-28.Regardless, the Predators have seen enough positives from the first two games, especially with the power play, to reinforce their notion that this will be a banner season.Its a special group, said defenseman P.K. Subban. 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With its shiny $20.7 million prize pool, this weekends Dota 2 The International 6 was the largest professional esports events ever. Glory was on the line for the winning team, as well as $9.1 million and a legacy as one of the best Dota teams of all time. But the upside may have its downside, as many of the competitors have been outspoken about the immense pressure such a large prize pool focuses on players.Earlier in the week, ESPN spoke with Evil Geniuses Saahil UNiVeRsE Arora, who said that the prize pool difference between The International and the three Dota 2 Majors -- Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Manila -- has a telling impact on the competitive field (prize pools for the Majors were $3 million each). According to UNiVeRsE, teams change much more before TI than during the rest of the year, which negatively affects the stability of the scene.Speaking with Fnatics Adam 343 Erwann Shah, he echoed UNiVeRsEs sentiment:I do agree with [UNiVeRsE on] the prize pool; theres so much pressure on the teams, and you try not to think about it, but youre really just playing with that burden on your shoulders, he said during TI6. Its really bad for everyone.The pressure hurts some more than others. We asked if it gets to him and the Fnatic squad, but he reassures us that it doesnt affect them.For us, Fnatic, I dont think we really get affected by it anymore, he says. We dont really care if we lose. If we lose, we lose. I think thats the best mindset to have going into it; its what relieves you of all the pressure. Theres no pressure that exists anymore; play to win, and if you dont win, whatever.On the plus side, he says that TI-sized prize pools do facilitate interest in the game. While statistics for The International 6s viewer and engagement numbers have yet to be released, the grand finals for The International 5 attracted several million concurrent viewers.Competition-wise, by having such a big prize pool, no matter what youll attract media, attention, [and] players. People will always want to come and be a part of something like this and participate in such a ttournament, he explains.dddddddddddd More viewership will come with the prize pool growth. Its kind of a cycle. I think Dota 2 will last quite long.Although the team exited the tournament earlier than it would have liked, taking fourth place, the squad conquered some giants that stood in its way. On Thursday, the team took down Team Liquid, who had stood victorious over them at both the Manila Major and ESL One Frankfurt in the past few months. Then, on Friday, the team defeated MVP Phoenix, who earlier on in the tournament looked like a dominant force and often faces Fnatic in their qualifiers in Southeast Asia.Beating Liquid, who have been a bane to Fnatics success, came after 343 says his team decided to just YOLO it. He says the squad didnt overthink the series too much and picked heroes they felt confident and comfortable with and felt would play best versus Team Liquid.But as 18,000 gathered to watch The International in Seattle, a similar -- albeit larger -- event was taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Just as the Olympics are a celebration of international diversity in sporting events, teams and players from the United States, Germany, Ukraine, China, Korea, Malaysia, and more gathered to represent their country at The International. Fnatic, a mainly Malaysian team, represented their country proudly.It means a lot [to represent Southeast Asia], especially since a lot of the fans back home are rooting for us; the support is immense, 343 says. Everyone in Southeast Asia is behind us and behind MVP Phoenix and while it feels good, its a lot of pressure to be a representative for something. Were just playing, trying to win and trying to do our best. What happens, happens.When asked to compare The International to the Olympics, 343s message was clear-cut and simple:I guess Id say [its like the Olympics], but if I was playing for a gold medal or for $9 million, Id probably have more pressure playing for the $9 million. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '