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Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 2: Rinne Not Enough, Spezza Wins It

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For the third straight game, the Predators faced a division rival. Two teams known for their speed put on quite a show in the Music City.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Speed, speed, and more speed. For those that watched this game, their necks might be sore from the constant game of pinball they played watching two of the fastest teams in the NHL battle back-and-forth.

The Stars spent much of the first period in the Nashville zone with unrelenting pressure and an attack that did not quit. The Stars outshot the Predators 16-4 in the first period but Pekka Rinne was able to keep the Stars from scoring.

The second period saw the two clubs trade goals; Adam Cracknell got Dallas on the board while Nashville’s goal came on the power play from the captain Mike Fisher. This power play unit is playing with sky high confidence three games in.

Halfway through the third period Dallas took the lead on a goal from almost-Predator Jason Spezza. Nashville fought hard but ultimately that was all Dallas needed as they took this one 2-1.

Random Observations

  • Pekka Rinne played out of his mind tonight. He made about three or four great saves, and had a few stretching, pad saves that would make normal men cry.
  • Calle Jarnkrok killed about a minute of a Stars power play with no stick. I repeat with NO STICK.
  • That Predators power play though...
  • Ryan Johansen is quietly having a good start to the season. All four of his assists have come on the power play.
  • Kevin Fiala is really, really close to getting on the score sheet. He’s like that batch of green bananas that you bring home from the grocery store. You know you’ll have to wait a little while on them but it’ll be worth it.
  • I’m convinced Craig Smith has broken several mirrors, walked under numerous ladders, owns multiple black cats, has opened many umbrellas indoors, and lives on the 13th floor. I don’t know how else to explain his bad luck with almost goals.
  • Your daily captain obvious headline: Mike Ribeiro is still afraid to shoot the puck.
  • Filip Forsberg has been awfully quiet so far.
  • The good news is Benn and Seguin were kept off the score sheet. Silver linings people.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Pekka Rinne - there were times where Rinne single handedly bailed the Predators out of bad situations. The Stars could have easily scored four or five goals but Rinne came up with big save after big save.
  2. Mike Fisher - he scored the first Predators goal and helped swing momentum Nashville’s way after Dallas seemed to be in control for the first and much of the second period.
  3. Calle Jarnkrok - he did not show up on the score sheet but man is this kid a Swiss army knife. He was all over the ice and he can play any forward position. Did I mention he killed almost one minute of a power play without a stick?

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