The Nashville Predators dropped their third straight overtime decision, tonight to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three times, the Preds took a one-goal lead, but the Pens came back each time to force the extra session. In the end, a Kris Letang slap shot through traffic in front of Pekka Rinne was the game winner.
On the bright side, the Predators remain the NHL's only undefeated team in regulation play, bringing them to 9 points in 6 games, a great pace even before you consider all of their injury concerns.
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- One thing I was worried about heading into this one is how the Preds would handle Crosby & Malkin if they were out on the ice together, without having the Suter/Weber tandem to counter them. Sure enough, those two created a few dangerous shifts, as well as the goal which forced overtime.
- I wonder if playing on a line with David Legwand and Joel Ward, against elite opposition, has forced Jordin Tootoo to play with more focus and discipline. He's looked good out there recently.
- A sellout crowd of 17,113 at the Bridge on a Thursday night in October? I wonder what Ross McKeon will say...
- Even though the Preds' power play scored once out of four opportunities, they really had trouble during most of their 7:16 of play, firing only 3 shots on net. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, had 12 PP shots during 10:00.
- J.P. Dumont led Nashville with 5 shots, and had a shot deflect over Marc-Andre Fleury and almost roll into the net, which would have likely clinched the game.
- Shane O'Brien is rapidly earning over Preds fans with his feisty (but so far disciplined) attitude, and willingness to stick up for his teammates.
- Alexander Sulzer put in a quietly effective effort in his first game of the season.
- The Hornqvist goal (check out the video below) may be the prettiest one of the season so far, right?
As for the advanced stats...
|Even Strength||Individual Totals||Team Totals While Player Is On Ice|
|Player||Pos||EV TOI||Shots||Shts Blkd||Missed Shts||Blocks||SOG For||SOG Ag||SOG +/-||Tot SF||Tot SA||Corsi|
This was a classic case of Pittsburgh's stars outshining Nashville's, but the depth Predators got the job done against the Penguin role players. I think we're going to see these types of numbers fairly often this season, as that's the kind of team the Predators have - their first line may get outgunned, but they make up for that further down the depth chart.
Missing Ryan Suter, of course, likely played a major role here as well.
And now, your video highlights (might have to wait a bit post-game for the video to work):
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Who is your Predator of the Game?
Martin Erat, 2 assists, 3 shots (35 votes)
Cody Franson, 1 goal, 4 shots (26 votes)
Jordin Tootoo, 1 assist, 2 penalties drawn (57 votes)
118 total votes