This time, the Nashville Predators put on a show for the nationwide audience on NBC Sports, thumping the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 as six different goal-scorers chipped in. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his 41st win of the season, and even earned an assist on the final goal, a snipe by Mike Fisher.
The victory moves Nashville into 4th place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Detroit although the Red Wings hold one game in hand.
Follow after the jump for the video highlights & reaction...
Cue the video (might take 30-45 minutes post-game to work):
Your random observations:
- Martin Erat scratched with an upper body injury? Not cool at all, let's hope it's just a minor issue and that he's OK for action later this week.
- I liked the work down low by Gaustad and Yip to set up the opening goal, but how does Chicago leave Halischuk that wide open right between the circles?
- Has Shea Weber's slap shot added another piece to its legend with that PP blast in the 2nd period? It broke Hossa's stick, and looked like it deflected off both Radulov and Hornqvist on the way in.
- Andrei Kostitsyn looked especially strong on the puck tonight, very confident handling it through traffic and finding open teammates. Perhaps the Erat scratch, and the opportunity to skate with Legwand energized him?
- After watching Corey Crawford head to the bench following Cube's goal, you have to wonder just how high the anxiety is rising in Chicago over the state of their goaltending.
- I still don't think Ray Emery has seen that Weber blast which made it 5-1.
- Yeah, I think Alexander Radulov is adjusting pretty quickly to the NHL game. Midway through the 3rd he was chasing a puck to the boards alongside Viktor Stalberg, and got the better of a shoulder-to-shoulder battle, sending Stalberg tumbling into the boards. He also played 20:37 and led the Preds with 5 shots on goal.
- 13 different guys earned points tonight. none with more than two.
- Thank you, Pekka, for getting your act together this weekend, as I still have a chance at winning a playoff matchup in my main fantasy hockey league.
- As for Tootoo? That early fight went pretty badly for him, we'll have to see whether he's fit to play on Tuesday at St. Louis.