The Predators were back in action Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds really need this one, sitting three points out of the last wild card spot. Not to mention, Vancouver sits one point ahead of them for that final wild card.
The first period was relatively uneventful, save for a Filip Forsberg goal that wasn’t. Forsberg appeared to have scored, and he looked confident the goal would stand, but after review the goal was called off. Poor Forsy.
Austin Watson said enough of this scoreless nonsense and buries one for his second goal in as many games. Watson has been one of the team’s better players over the last two weeks.
Preds cruising to a shutout here in the final minutes of the third period. Wait, what’s that? Oh yes they allow the tying goal with the extra attacker. They go from shutout to being tied 1-1 just like that.
And the Preds nemesis - overtime - is how these two will settle this. Josi scored 20 seconds in, however, it was waved off because Arvidsson allegedly interfered with Ryan Miller. In a very un-Predator-like fashion, Nashville gets a 2-on-0 rush in the closing seconds of overtime and Roman Josi hits Calle Jarnkrok for the game winner with 1 second remaining. Yes, you read that correctly, with 1 second left. The Preds needed this bad and the team delivered tonight.
- Congrats Pete Weber on calling his 2,000th game for the Predators. Everyone knows the players and coaches, but Pete will go down as an icon in Nashville.
- Arvi is playing! This man is the heartbeat of the Predators this season
- Forsberg and Arvidsson on the same line screams all kind of dangerous
- Forsberg with what looked like a good goal, but waved off. Its going to be one of those kinds of games...
- All in all, not a bad first period for the Preds. They didn’t give up the first goal so there’s that
- Watson with another goal. He has really stepped his game up this season and he has been an important component of this team
- Uh oh, Arvidsson is hurt again =/
- Ribeiro is 1 of 9 on faceoffs tonight. I’m not the best with math, but that is no bueno
- HOLY PEKKA. He just stopped Jack Skille with a ridiculous save. He has been on it tonight
- That was a bad, bad time to allow a goal. The Preds go from shutout to tie game in the blink of an eye
- Man, the refs crushing the dreams of Preds fans everywhere
- You cannot make that ending up. Josi to Jarnkrok to win with 1 second on the clock. This has to be a weight off the team’s shoulders
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Viktor Arvidsson - this kid’s heart cannot be measured. Nobody thought he would even play tonight. Not only that but he blocks a puck, hurts his leg, and tries to block another puck with his other leg. Pure heart
- Pekka Rinne - he has looked sharp tonight. It’s another one of his good games - where he looks like the old Pekka. He did lose the shutout, but he did stop 29 of 30 shots.
- Austin Watson - Watson has his second goal in as many games and really seems to be coming into his own this year
Tweets of the Night
Let's be real, every day is @PeteWeberSports day. #Preds #VANvsNSH— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) January 11, 2017
Anthony Bitetto said it best this morning. This team is too good to miss the playoffs. Time for the #Preds to earn it. Tonight is big.— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) January 11, 2017
If we're giving an award for "most improved," it's Austin Watson. He's doing exactly what he should — big body in front, being feisty.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 11, 2017
Ellis was out there so long on that shift that he purchased property, built a house, decorated it, re-listed it and sold it. #ItCity— Justin Bradford (@justinbbradford) January 11, 2017
Viktor Arvidsson seemingly taking the Anthony Bitetto approach to returning from an injury :-/— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) January 11, 2017
When Arvy hurts we all hurt #Preds— John Ramey (@johnramey09) January 11, 2017
There's an inebriated man seated near the press box who is incessantly barking. It's not DMX.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 11, 2017