Nashville looked to bounce back from a poor defensive night (albeit in a win) in Minnesota, and play well against Columbus. It looked like the Predators would be in a hole early, but were bailed out on a no goal call within the first minute of the game.
After a scoreless first period, the Preds opened up the scoring in the second period with a goal from Colin Wilson. And then not even two minutes later, Craig Smith put one in the back of the net to give the Preds a two goal lead. Seth Jones joined in on the party in the third with a goal of his own. Smith was able to notch another goal in the third, along with Mike Fisher. The Blue Jackets ended up getting a consolation goal when Alexander Wennberg scored on the man advantage.
I am happy they had this type of game in Columbus. Maybe the locals there will help vote some of the Preds' players in to the All-Star Game. I'm sure they would love to see the likes of Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, and Filip Forsberg, right?
- Man did Rinne get bailed out on that no goal call or what? I want to believe that the five goal game against Minnesota was a fluke. And I am pretty certain that it was, but Peks looked shaky on that series of events that happened to lead to that no goal early. At the same time though, that was a veteran move to knock the net off. I would like to think it was planned. I will say this though, Rinne settled in nicely after that crazy first minute or so of the game.
- The defensive effort early looked significantly better than it did on Saturday night. That is what I love about this year's team. They point out a weakness from one game, and make sure it doesn't happen in back to back games. You have to give the credit to Peter Laviolette and the coaching staff.
- What a great pass by Bartley to spring Wilson loose on the first goal of the game. Once Wilson got free in the zone, he buried it past Bobrovsky. And then a mere 1:38 after Wilson's goal, Smith buried one. Mike Ribeiro made a beauty of a pass to set him up on Nashville's second goal of the night. The Preds were swarming after Smith's goal. A lot of good chances to extend the lead even more.
- On a side note, I really like CBJ's alternate cannon jerseys. Simple, classy, and gets the point across. I dig them.
- Seth Jones finally got his first goal of the season. If the Preds can get him going on the offensive side, while not compromising his defensive play, they could have something special going.
- The Preds had a great two and a half minute stretch in the third period (2:14 to be exact). Not only to Jones score, but Smith and Fisher both had goals within that two and a half span. That was Smith's second of the night, and Fisher's fifth point in as many games.
- All I could think about this whole game was, just wait until the power play starts to score consistently. That has to be a scary thought for everyone else in the league.
OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Craig Smith: He had two goals and and assist in this one. Everything was going right for this guy tonight.
- Colin Wilson: Not only did he open up the scoring in tonight's game, but he also assisted in one of Smith's goals.
- Pekka Rinne: You can't say enough about what he has meant to this team this year. And he showed it again tonight.
Tweets Of The Night
Wait... What? Pekka just Haseked the Jackets. This is the best game ever :3— Link (@3DLink) December 23, 2014
I'll never know what Columbus did to piss Rinne off years ago, but he never forgot. Damn son.— Dan D Bradley (@DanDBradley) December 23, 2014
Lumbus is getting coal for Christmas for ruining Pekka's shutout.— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) December 23, 2014
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