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Nashville Predators 5, Ottawa Senators 1: Response

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After being embarrassed in Toronto, the Predators turned in a sixty minute effort to good results.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Colton Sissons opened the scoring on a pass to the net from Austin Watson created by Sissons' own dump in. The team needs a lot more of that. Mike Fisher took a double minor shortly thereafter, and while the Preds killed off the first two minutes, Derek Brassard tied it up on a shot that beat Pekka clean. The Predators controlled the rest of the period, including a shift with five shots on goal before Forsberg outworked all of Ottawa to feed Ellis for the 2-1 score.

The second period started slow, as the teams traded powerplays that hampered momentum combined with a lot of disjointed play. The period began to pick up speed, until Pontus Aberg netted his first career goal. A desperate Senators team began to generate a bit of pressure until Neal flipped a player on his back to close out the period in the penalty box.

The Predators killed off Neal's holding minor to begin the second period but the Senators’ continued pressure drew another penalty from Aberg. The Predators managed to escape that unscathed, and James Neal tacks on an insurance goal to make it 4-1. Mike Ribeiro tacks on the 5-1 goal to cap off the offensive explosion.

Random Observations

  • The Preds get on the board first! Sissons!
  • The Predators have the best home penalty kill, and the worst road PK. …At least they only scored one.
  • Forsberg doing work leads to another goal. He's worth watching the entire game even when he isn't scoring himself.
  • This period is fast, and I didn't notice until the announcers commented that there were no TV breaks until almost one minute left.
  • Neal was just a little unhappy with Phaneuf and the refs. Four-on-four. Oh boy.
  • Powerplay time! I thought Subban just blew a tire, but a nice clear by Rinne.
  • This powerplay is doing a whole lot of nothing. Zero shots.
  • Jarnkrok has a harder shot than I thought.
  • Not taking penalties after sustained offensive zone pressure would be optimal.
  • Condon was begging for a delay of game penalty on that idiotic play versus Austin Watson.
  • The Predators’ powerplay is the definition of insanity right now.
  • I’m really liking this configuration of the fourth line. A lot more speed and offensive ability.
  • The first sustained offensive zone pressure from Ottawa. Maybe don’t let them do that.
  • What I’m gathering from the Ottawa announcers is that Subban likes to spend most of his bench time talking to the other team.
  • Pretty dangling play from Subban that ends in a Condon glove save.
  • First career goal for Aberg!
  • Rinne, stop leaving the net. It’s not worth it.
  • Ekholm lays on the ice a lot. I am not a fan of this play.
  • Johansen should shoot more.
  • Road frosties!
  • I checked the rule book and it turns out Ribeiro is allowed to score goals.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Pontus Aberg! Congrats on the goal and may he not be scratched again.
  2. James Neal: a goal in six straight games.
  3. Viktor Arvidsson because he deserves honorable mention in every game he plays.

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