Shea Weber scored twice as the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Together with Chicago's loss to Los Angeles, this gives the Preds a cushion for 5th place in the Western Conference ahead of the Blackhawks. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, with half of them in the 3rd period as the Sharks mounted a furious comeback attempt.
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Your random observations:
- Perhaps the nicest thing about that opening goal was the fact that Colin Wilson just made a basic hustle & shoot play. Many times, simpler is better. Kudos to Tootoo for the burst of speed down the right wing to set the whole thing up.
- With assists on the first and last goals, Tootoo now has 7 helpers in his last 8 games.
- The second goal, by Weber, was certainly a thing of beauty, but wow the Sharks really hung Niemi out to dry.
- That Wingles-Yip fight late in the first (after Antti Niemi was chased from the game) was as lame and contrived a bout as I've seen in quite a while. A perfect example of a "staged" fight that we really don't need to see.
- Give the San Jose broadcast crew credit - when Michal Handzus boarded Kevin Klein, they had no problem saying he was lucky to get only 2 minutes on the call.
- Apparently Hal Gill's plan to learn the Nashville PK is to watch it up-close from the penalty box.
- Both sides of the special teams got the job done tonight, as Weber's second goal featured excellent spacing and passing which got the Sharks PK moving around, opening the shooting lane for Weber.
- After getting out to the 4-2 lead after two periods, the Preds let the Sharks completely take over the game, and were fortunate to not allow them back in it. They went well over half the final period before getting a single shot on goal.
- We'll stay tuned for new on Craig Smith, he only played 4:30 due to a puck to the face early on.
- Can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier - give it up for Martin Erat, who completed the Legwand Hat Trick. First baby born (yesterday), a goal and an assist!