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Nashville Predators 5, Dallas Stars 2: Offense Comes Alive in Third

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Forsberg and the crew put five on the board in an important Central Division game against Dallas

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

The Nashville Predators hosted the Dallars Stars on Wednesday night. Or as some would call it, a battle between two underwhelming teams so far this season.

Despite a predicted a high-pace game, it was anything but that to start out. Nashville couldn’t get anything going on the man advantage, but Forsberg was able to strike first on a world-class pass from P.K. Subban towards the end of the first period. Get used to that combo.

The Stars controlled the play to start the second period. Viktor Arvidsson was making things happen of course as he rang one off the iron from the slot. Pekka Rinne stood tall and made a few high danger saves to preserve Nashville’s lead.

A Mike Fisher shot appeared to have squeaked through the pads of Lehtonen, and the play went to review before it was ruled to have crossed the line before the whistle blew. The Predators went to the locker room up two goals but down in shots 30-16.

After giving up another shorthanded goal, Ryan Johansen was able to reinstate a two-goal lead on a redirection in front. The Preds added to the fun with a goal from Smith after the Preds were 3-0 in the slot. Neal finshed it off with a empty net goal to make the final 5-2.

The Predators will face the Winnipeg Jets Friday afternoon.

Random Observations

  • Colin Wilson almost scored. Grass is also green.
  • The Predators power play needs to regain that early season groove again.
  • The flood gates are about to break open for Forsberg
  • Arvidsson is way too much fun to watch. The Vegas Golden Knights need to stay away.
  • Rinne playing well one again
  • Nashville’s offense in the second period is... well.... uninspiring
  • The Predators were on the good side of a 50/50 call with Fisher’s goal
  • The Stars aren’t fond of opposing players in their crease... Poor Forsberg
  • Nashville has given up a concerning amount of shorthanded goals this season
  • Johansen with the calmest celebration I’ve ever seen

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Filip Forsberg- He might have only had one goal to his name before tonight’s game, but Forsberg has been a force all season long. It was nice to see him get rewarding on the stat sheet with a goal and assist.
  2. Pekka Rinne- Another solid game (=)from the Finnish netminder. While he likely will want that shorthanded goal back, Rinne stood tall in the second period when his team leaned on him.
  3. Ryan Johansen- When the Preds needed a response after their lead was cut to one, Johansen delivered with a nice play in front.

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