Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 0: Colin Wilson Ends the Drought

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A long scoreless night ended in victory for the Predators as Colin Wilson tipped home a Ryan Ellis pass in overtime to beat San Jose.

This game went scoreless through regulation, but had a number of twists and turns along the way. The first period saw the Sharks dominate play, while in the second the Predators gained momentum by killing off a slew of penalties. The third saw Nashville take greater command and get into the offensive end, but they couldn't connect on their best opportunities.

After dodging a deadly scoring chance for the Sharks early in OT, Ryan Ellis led the play into the offensive end and laid a soft wrister towards the net, where Colin Wilson tipped it by Antti Niemi for his 4th goal of the season, ending the Preds' two-game losing streak. Pekka Rinne was spectacular earning his 2nd shutout of the season, and was named the game's 1st Star (Willy was 2nd, Niemi 3rd).

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Random Observations

  • Early on, the Preds had absolutely no jump. It was well over 5 minutes in before Roman Josi stepped up, getting off a good shot from the point, and following that up with a drive to the net which created a great chance for Colin Wilson, who roofed the shot. That kind of initiative is sorely lacking among the forwards these days.
  • Officially the Predators ended up with 3 shots on goal in that first period, a pretty disheartening display by a team which is supposed to be focusing on creating more offense. A few boos were heard as the team skated off.
  • Since when does the Marty Party take place in the penalty box? His 8 PIMs tonight tie a career high, set January 17 2008 against Anaheim.
  • Give full marks to the Nashville penalty killers, even without Hal Gill they fought through several difficult stretches (including 41 seconds of 5-on-3) while yielding very little in terms of scoring chances to San Jose.
  • This was the Preds' 18th consecutive sellout... it seems so long ago that a Tuesday night meant a crowd of 10,000.
  • The biggest roar from the crowd may have come late in the 3rd period, when a fight broke out in the lower reaches of Section 113. There wasn't anything happening on the ice, but Amanda DiPaolo helpfully pointed it out to me.
  • Paul Gaustad had another big night on the faceoffs, winning 16 of 21.
  • Pekka Rinne, Pekka Rinne, Pekka Rinne. It's no wonder that he got an A on his report card.

Boxscore- Game Summary - Event Summary - Faceoff Report - Shot Report

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Nashville Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Mike Fisher C 17:14 17 14 +3 -3 +4
David Legwand C 15:48 13 12 +1 0 +1
Sergei Kostitsyn L 14:58 15 15 0 -1 +0
Colin Wilson C 13:42 13 14 -1 0 -1
Martin Erat R 12:59 10 11 -1 -4 +1
Nick Spaling C 12:26 7 9 -2 -5 0
Gabriel Bourque L 12:00 10 8 +2 +1 +2
Craig Smith C 11:45 9 7 +2 -3 +3
Brandon Yip R 10:43 7 9 -2 -4 -0
Matt Halischuk R 10:23 4 9 -5 -3 -4
Paul Gaustad C 10:10 7 6 +1 -8 +4
Rich Clune L 5:11 2 4 -2 -2 -1
Shea Weber D 18:49 10 19 -9 -4 -7
Kevin Klein D 18:07 17 14 +3 0 +3
Ryan Ellis D 17:14 17 11 +6 -5 +8
Roman Josi D 16:14 17 12 +5 0 +5
Jonathon Blum D 15:41 14 12 +2 -6 +4
Scott Hannan D 15:33 7 16 -9 -5 -7

San Jose Sharks

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Michal Handzus C 13:37 8 9 -1 +4 -3
Tommy Wingels C 13:21 6 11 -5 +4 -7
Joe Thornton C 13:19 10 10 0 +2 -1
Logan Couture C 12:37 12 13 -1 0 -1
Joe Pavelski C 12:32 11 7 +4 +4 +2
Patrick Marleau C 12:30 10 11 -1 +3 -2
Tim Kennedy L 12:24 14 10 +4 +1 +4
Ryane Clowe L 12:14 13 10 +3 0 +3
James Sheppard C 12:07 5 10 -5 +5 -7
Martin Havlat R 11:42 13 8 +5 +3 +4
Tj Galiardi L 10:31 10 8 +2 +3 +1
Adam Burish R 10:19 9 9 0 +3 -1
Brad Stuart D 19:58 16 18 -2 +5 -4
Dan Boyle D 19:02 16 18 -2 +5 -4
Marc-Edouard Vlasic D 17:41 15 13 +2 +4 +0
Justin Braun D 16:03 12 12 0 0 0
Jason Demers D 15:30 13 9 +4 +5 +2
Douglas Murray D 13:30 12 12 0 +1 -0
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