It was a playoff atmosphere in Smashville today as the Predators hosted an old foe. The game did not disappoint as both teams traded blows till the very end of this one.
The Red Wings started off the scoring with an early goal in the first by Brendan Smith. Drew Miller made it 2-0 early in the second period. The Predators got one back though with a quick reply by Matt Cullen. Later on in the second period, Mike Fisher tied the game up. Shea Weber gave the Preds their first lead of the game with a rocket on the power play. Alexey Marchenko scored his first NHL goal in the third period of this one to tie things up for the Red Wings. Tomas Tatar scored on an unfortunate bounce off Roman Josi's stick to give the Wings the lead. In the end, Nashville didn't have enough to come back from this one.
Up next, the Rangers.
- I, personally, am not liking the trend of the Predators giving up the first goal of the game. Yes, I know that they have been able to come back most of the times, but it is not a situation that I like to be in right off the bat.
- Detroit made Pekka Rinne work early and often in this one. There weren't a lot of shots, but they were quality chances. Rinne, for the most part, was a rock back there.
- This Pekka guy, he's pretty good huh?
- Miller just squeaked that one past Rinne. Pekks got a piece of it, but it just wasn't enough.
- The Preds are masters of the quick response. The Cullen goal was just :30 seconds after Miller scored.
- I had the lovely pleasure of watching the Red Wings coverage of this one. These announcers are a "little" bias to say the least. They act like Detroit has never done anything wrong, ever, in the history of hockey.
- Cullen was out there for Nashville's first two goals. Is he the Pred's lucky charm? Old No. 7 everyone!
- The second line today was just all sorts of fun to watch. They are really starting to mesh well together. It also helps when Fisher is pulling crazy moves like he's 20 again (see tweet below).
- 108.5 The Weber. You had to sense a goal coming from that 4-on-3 powerplay. There was just too much space and time not to convert on that one.
- That was one of the best periods I have seen the Preds play. They let in an early goal, but were all offense after that.
- There isn't much that Rinne could have done on that goal from Marchenko. He beat Rinne where he doesn't get beat often.
- How can the refs call embellishment and tripping on the same play? It's one or the other, you can't send both guys to the box just because you can't make up your mind. Get it together NHL refs!
- I never liked the sit back and let the other team set up on the powerplay strategy. It gives the other team all the momentum, and kills any that you may have going into it.
OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Old No. 7: A goal and an assist for this guy. He's still got it!
- Mike Fisher: The man scores goals, and has hops!
- Shea Weber: He had a goal and like a million shots on that last powerplay for the Preds.
Tweets Of The
Mike Fisher with a spectacular move around Weiss. https://t.co/ee1pjMIeJD— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) February 28, 2015
Matt Cullen has two points. Matt Cullen is a perfect 4-0 in faceoffs. Everything's coming up Matt Cullen pic.twitter.com/iHeDGETTYb— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) February 28, 2015
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