Joffrey Lupul scored twice for the Flyers, and the Predators had their six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night. The trends from the five previous games did not carry over into Philadelphia. Instead of the recent scoring surge, as fans were accustomed to seeing for so much of this season, the Preds scored only once, despite outshooting Philadelphia by six shots with 32 overall. The team was also undisciplined, as there were six minor penalties committed, including four in the last 10 minutes of the first period.
The first period was scoreless, though there were a few fine chances. The streak of seven consecutive games without the opponent scoring a power play ended when Mike Richards tallied just 45 seconds into the second period with a quick shot for the team’s first goal. Shortly after that, all of the momentum shifted completely to Philadelphia's side once Joffrey Lupul scored his first goal of the game after a 3-on-1 shot ricocheted off Rinne’s pads 4:22 into the period.
Erat managed to get a goal in the third period when his shot was tipped by Biron into the net to get his team within one, but just 1:06 later Philly regained its two goal lead on Lupul's second goal of the evening. Claude Giroux iced the win for the home team when he scored off an unfortunate turnover by Nashville with less than four minutes remaining.
My three stars are as followed
1. Martin Biron - 31 Saves; .969 Sv %
2. Joffrey Lupul - 2 Goals
3. Martin Erat - 1 Goal; Team leading 5 shots