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Nashville Predators 5, Dallas Stars 3: Embarrassing Start, Great Finish

A disastrous opening period was overcome thanks to a third period surge.

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The Nashville Predators hosted a WrestleMania event against the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon. The Predators had a crowd of four in the penalty box before a minute of regulation had passed. Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok were unlikely participants in the fisticuffs that took place.

Vernon Fiddler would also find himself a fighting major against his old team that furthered the chaos inside Bridgestone Arena.

The strategy of fighting their way to a good start backfired on Nashville as unwarranted penalties allowed the Stars to convert on two of their four chances on the power play to take a 2-0 into the break.

Dallas would add another PP goal in the second period and looked to finish off the Predators. Nashville would continue to force the issue and solved Lehtonen from a Roman Josi point shot.

Seconds later, Craig Smith was awarded a penalty shot, but failed to capitalize on the momentum-swinging chance. The period would end with Nashville being down two goals and a shot lead of 21-14.

The third period began, and Nashville was done messing around. Goals by Josi, Jarnkrok, and then Forsberg on the PK gave the Predators a 4-3 lead just 6:02 into the third period. Fisher sealed the comeback win with an empty net goal to make 5-3.

The turnaround was nothing short of spectacular and vitally important considering last night’s game combined with the start of this one. Nashville will go into the bye week on a high note before facing the Minnesota wild Saturday night.

Random Observations

  • This was premeditated by Nashville. Zero doubt.
  • Fiddler must have not been the most liked guy in the Dallas room
  • Jarnkrok looked like he never fought before. Neal tried to save him.
  • I’m shocked taking a million penalties didn’t help the Predators.
  • Glad to finally see a hockey game in the second period.
  • Viktor Arvidsson is once again the best player on the ice.
  • The Predators have looked good for the most part. Imagine if they avoided that embarrassing start.
  • And we have a game.
  • Jarnkrok’s wrist shot is still underrated.
  • This team is weird.
  • Give them credit for the comeback but don’t overlook that embarrassing start.
  • This is basically the Blues game from earlier this season.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Roman Josi- Two goals on the night. He’s tired of the Duchene trade talk.
  2. Filip Forsberg- Gave Nashville the lead to cap off a furious comeback with a nice breakaway goal.
  3. Calle Jarnkrok- His wrist is deceptively good.

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