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Roman Josi had a power play goal and an assist in his return to the lineup Tuesday night.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators bounced back from Saturday’s overtime loss with a nice 4-1 win over the Avalanche tonight at Bridgestone Arena. It took a while for the Predators to find their legs, but once they did, they skated laps around the Avs. Roman Josi, who returned to the lineup for the first time since the Pittsburgh game, had a goal and and assist in the win.

The first period was largely uneventful. The two teams traded power play chances and generated some decent chances at even strength, but neither could get a goal on the board. Viktor Arvidsson had one fantastic chance shorthanded where he nearly made Erik Johnson into a pretzel, but he couldn’t get the puck by Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche led shots 8-7 after 20 minutes.

The Avalanche actually scored first, early in the 2nd period. Nathan Mackinnon tipped in a power play goal to make it 1-0 with just over four minutes gone in the period. But the Preds answered almost immediately. A four on one breakout led to a sweet goal by Arvidsson, who took Filip Forsberg’s pass and deked around Varlamov for the score.

Later in the period, Roman Josi scored on a 5-on-3 power play for the Preds to make it a 2-1 game. It was a really nice goal from Josi, shooting the puck on net out of mid-air after getting stopped on his first attempt. The Preds continued to press the Avs zone, eventually leading to a rather bizarre moment late in the period.

Colton Sissons took a Craig Smith pass and skated in on Varlamov. He deked and tucked the puck in the net, then was checked into Varlamov by Duchene. The goal counted (thankfully) but Sissons was called for charging. It was really a strange call and Laviolette was understandably pissed.

Ignoring the insanity of the of the 2nd period, the Predators continued their surge in the 3rd period. Austin Watson netted his first of the year, capitalizing on a friendly bounce from behind the Avs goal. They backed off a bit after that, mostly because the Avalanche had very little left at that point. The 3rd period was a bit of a snoozer, to be honest.

Oh and also, Colin Wilson played for another team, and it was a whole thing.

Nice win for the Preds!

Random Observations

  • Aberg takes a hooking penalty two minutes in. Not loving his start to the season. Room to grow, I suppose.
  • The Preds have had a few early chances. The best was a slight re-direct by Scott Hartnell on the power play. Just trickled wide of the net.
  • The Avs look a whole lot faster and much more organized than last year.
  • Craig Smith used his speed! To get a scoring chance! And he almost scored!
  • Dumb Mackinnon. Dumb power play goal.
  • Wow!! A four on one... Not sure I’ve seen the Preds get many of those. Arvy capitalizes and we have a tie game.
  • The last few cross ice lob passes haven’t worked. Like at all. Maybe stop trying it?
  • Another 5-on-3. What is that, like four or five of those so far?
  • JOSI!!! The Captain gets his first of the year!
  • Arvy is hurt oh no, that’s not good annnnnnnd he’s back. Just a flesh wound.
  • Arvidsson—the best penalty killer or the greatest penalty killer?
  • SISSONS! My that was a nice goal. What a play by Smith to get him the puck at the perfect moment.
  • Wait, what the heck kind of call is that? I mean at least the goal counted, but seriously—that was strange.
  • Arvy’s had a whale of a game. All over the ice.
  • Watson gets the friendly bounce. 4-1. Hells yeah.
  • Gaudreau has been solid tonight. He looks a bit faster than Aberg, who has just not been himself lately.
  • This is becoming a blowout. The Preds have dominated after the Mackinnon goal.

Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Viktor Arvidsson: He scored the game tying goal and was an absolute beast on the ice.
  2. Roman Josi: Two points, including a nifty power play goal. Good to have you back, captain.
  3. Pekka Rinne: Definitely deserves a lot of credit for this one. Made some key stops, ended up with 20 saves.

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