The Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks to pass the Detroit Red Wings for fourth place in the Western Conference. Both teams have earned 92 points in 72 games played, but the Predators carry one more regulation/overtime win and therefore get the nod for fourth place.
Anders Lindback got the start in net tonight and put in a stellar performance, stopping 30 of 31 shots against to earn his first win since December 1st.
The game was also somewhat overshadowed by a report that Radulov could indeed be on his way back to Nashville very soon.
Follow after the jump for video highlights and post-game reaction:
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Your random observations:
- That wasn't exactly the start we were looking for after two lackluster performances. Giving up a shorthanded goal like that is always a killer. And hanging your backup goaltender out to dry like that when you're trying to build his confidence? Not good.
- It didn't seem to affect Lindback too much, however, as he finished the first period strong and kept it going into the second including a beautiful glove save on a point-blank chance by Jason Blake.
- And the Radulov news pretty much ruined any hope I had of watching the rest of the second period, so if anybody wants to fill us in on what happened then, that would be great.
- The Preds certainly came out energized in the third period. Legwand made a beautiful pass to a breaking Patric Hornqvist who made up for his earlier missed attempt on a partial breakaway.
- It's amazing to see how quickly a game can change. Lindback made a great save on a Corey Perry chance right in front, and then at the other end Fisher scores and the Preds are up 2-1 instead of the Ducks.
- This night has to be a huge confidence booster for Lindback, who finally got a win after getting no support in front of him in his previous starts.