Boy was that bad.
Not only was the game itself awful, but the new rollout of NHL.tv was as functional as a one-handed trombone player.
The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues combined for 39 shots through 60 minutes of hockey, 17 of which came in the last period. The Blues somehow found their legs (relatively speaking) and applied enough pressure to result in a Troy Brouwer game winner.
The Preds drop the first game back from break, and end their four-game win streak.
- Apologies in advance for the succinctness of this recap.
Game Center LiveNHL.tv is having as many issues as we thought it would. I was lucky enough to get it actually playing video after a few minutes, but not before missing a nice chunk of the start of the game. Then it was stuttering and lagging all night.
- Seems like a stupid idea to unveil the thing midseason, but what do I know. It's not like the NHL has ever made a rushed decision before.
- It took a little bit for the two teams to get going, although the actual shot count may seemed suspect. Not surprising coming off a break, but the pace picked up as the clock wound down. The first period ended in a tie, with both squads registering less than 10 shots.
- Yeah ok, so I may have exaggerated a bit on the picking up of the pace. The second period may have been the most boring stretch of hockey all year, and we've covered Minnesota Wild games! Besides an airmail pass from Petter Granberg to Filip Forsberg, who set up Ryan Johansen for a nifty scoring chance, can you remember anything else that happened? Let the comments section be your dream journal.
- Uh, Fox Sports Tennessee cut away to a commercial during a routine stop in play. Either the NHL pulled a fast one on them, or they completely lost track of time out times. Given their track record, I'm betting on the latter.
- Apparently Pekka Rinne made the save of the season early on in the third period. I wouldn't know:
This is what I’m seeing right now, instead of the actual game: pic.twitter.com/jFM4tUyQk2— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) February 3, 2016
Another look at the incredible Rinne save: pic.twitter.com/gWmBIjey35— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) February 3, 2016
- And that's where my night ended. Nothing I could do would revive the feed, and I finished the game out listening to the radio. Once again, supremely sorry to deprive you of words about tonight's game. Luckily, it doesn't seem like there'd be much to write about anyway. Good timing, I guess?
- The Predators apparently couldn't clear the puck out of the zone, which led to the Blues finally getting on the scoreboard. Troy Brouwer got credit for the goal that was originally an Alex Pietrangelo marker.
- When you're outshot 12 to 5 in the final 20 minutes of hockey, it usually never ends well. On a night where Minnesota lost and Colorado was losing, those are point you need to have.
OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Pekka Rinne: He made a save. I still have not seen it.
- Chicken Quesadilla: For dinner I baked some chicken, sliced it up, the threw it in a tortilla with cheese, red onions and jalapeños. It was phenomenal.
- John Scott: Replays of the All-Star Game were shown in the arena and got a louder cheer than anything else in the first two periods.
Tweets of the Game
Carter Hutton's mother just received a birthday surprise from Gnash. Most exciting thing of the evening.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) February 3, 2016
I feel like this is how I'm trying to come up with parts of my story tonight https://t.co/tYjPUdIA3F— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) February 3, 2016