The Predators winning streak ended tonight as they lost to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-1. The Bruins scored a couple goals early and, despite a late rally by the Preds, were able to control this one pretty easily. The Preds looked tired and weren’t in sync all night.
The first period was a stinker. First, Patrice Bergeron puts the Bruins up 1-0 a couple minutes into the game on a quick rebound goal in front of Pekka Rinne. Each team traded penalties for a bit, and then the Bruins scored again. David Krejci this time, scoring on a wide open look in front. It was 2-0 after 20 minutes and the Preds looked pretty lifeless.
The second period? Not much better. Not only did the Preds not score, but the whole period of hockey just stunk. A slow, tired team playing against a desperate team with an early two goal advantage leads to a clogged up game of hockey, with no excitement. No one wants to move, no one wants to shoot, no one wants to check. Let’s just all waste 40 minutes and get out of here.
Boy, was the 3rd period different. Both teams came to life and generated several good chances. The Bruins had several point blank chances that Rinne had to save. Then Craig Smith scored for the Preds with about 9 minutes left in the game. He redirected a Roman Josi shot that squeezed by Tuukka Rask. And so it was a brand new hockey game.
But the problem with trying to score a desperation goal is that you leave yourself open for the counter attack. The Bruins capitalized, turning a 3-on-1 counter into a goal by Noel Acciari. This restored a two goal lead for Boston and sealed the game.
The Preds finally came to life in this one, they just waited too long to do so. Pekka Rinne played well enough to win, but the rest of the team didn’t show up until it was too late.
- Sissons gets the start. Nice. Dude has worked hard for it.
- Bergeron gets the first goal. A nice one timer off a shot from Zdeno Chara and the Bruins lead this one early.
- That’s what the Bruins do. They score goals in front of the net.
- Preds look slooooooooow.
- Now David Krejci gets in on the action. Sick pass from Pastrnak to set him up too, sending him in virtually untouched on Rinne.
- I was waiting for a game like this. Preds might not be in this one at all...
- Nice looking chances on the power play, but nothing doing.
- I like P.K. Subban shooting on the power play, but I don’t want it to look like the Shea Weber Show all over again. Productive power plays don’t flow everything through one guy, they have a variety of scoring options.
- Halfway through this game and the Bruins are still controlling things for the most part. The Preds may be able to creep up on this team if they can just get a goal on the board.
- Any life they had in the 2nd Period (which wasn’t much) was fleeting. They managed a few more shots on goal than in the 1st, but nothing more.
- Early 3rd period penalty and the Preds can’t capitalize. That may be the last break the Preds will get.
- FINALLY. The Preds score! And it’s Craig Smith, no less!
- That empty netter will seal it.
- You aren’t gonna win them all, but I’d just like to see a little more energy early on in a game like this. You can’t have games like this in the playoffs. Not even one.
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Pekka Rinne: Maybe should have stopped the Krejci goal, but Rinne played fine enough to get the win. Several of his 27 saves came when the Preds were playing faster and had some momentum. The Preds needed to play better at the other end to give the big guy some support.
- Craig Smith: Sent a nice deflection in front for his first goal in forever. Really need Smith to turn this game into a hot streak.
- Roman Josi: Had an assist on the Smith goal and played decent at both ends. He and Ellis were the better defensive pair tonight.
Tweets of the Night
When you hit the spin move button by accident but it somehow works out so you act like you meant to do it https://t.co/8wF3L7PpVD— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) March 29, 2017
@OnTheForecheck seriously. May be the most boring game I've watched this season. Even the in arena fans seem disinterested.— dj23 (@djf2324) March 29, 2017