The Nashville Predators scored their first goal of 2018, and also got their first point of 2018, on Thursday, but they headed into tonight’s game looking for their first win of the new year.
The game started off with the Preds controlling possession for the first few minutes, but then the Kings controlled it for the next few minutes. Roman Josi was sent to the penalty box for interference with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first period, but the Kings were unable to score.
A few minutes later, Drew Doughty was sent to the box for an interference double minor and Dustin Brown was sent to the box for tripping, giving the Preds two full minutes of 5-on-3. They were unable to score on the 5-on-3, but Josi put the puck in the net to give the Preds an early lead on the power play.
A few minutes later, coincidental minors on Marian Gaborik and PK Subban gave us two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey, but neither team scored. The Preds ended the period on a penalty kill after Viktor Arvidsson was whistled for slashing with :33 left in the first period.
Despite starting the second period on the power play, the Kings were unable to score. Less than a minute after returning to full strength, the Preds were in the offensive zone, and the puck hit Jonathan Quick in the back of the leg, leading to Quick being tended to on the ice before getting up and returning to his net.
Later in the period, Colton Sissons drew a penalty to put the Preds back on the power play, but they were unable to capitalize. Soon after, a bad turnover by PK Subban lead to an easy breakaway goal for the Kings, tying the game at 1-1.
The Kings got another power play opportunity later in the period, before putting themselves in the box for a minute of 4-on-4 followed by a minute of Predators power play hockey.
Scott Hartnell finally restored the Preds lead, putting them up 2-1 off of a rebound. Austin Watson extended the lead to 3-1 a few minutes later, and PK Subban’s assist almost made up for his mistake that lead to the Kings goal.
The first 4 minutes of the 3rd period were uneventful for the most part, until Trevor Lewis scored to bring the Kings back within one goal. It did not stay that way long though, as Austin Watson scored his second of the game to put the Preds back up 4-2 with 14:55 left in the game.
The Kings got another power play opportunity, as Ellis was sent to the penalty box for holding. The Kings tallied, shrinking the deficit to one goal with just over 11:30 left in the game.
Which is exactly where it would stay, as the Preds closed out their first road trip of 2018 with a win.
- What are these lines...
- I’m gonna try to stay calm tonight guys
- First team to the box...what’s new
- Penalty = kilt
- Peks is holding up, now let’s score some goals
- This game is getting chippy early...I like it
- Pew pew pew
- Thank you Captain, I thought we would have to sit through another goalless power play
- Joey, how do you miss that....
- Time for some 4-on-4 hockey y’all
- Penalty on the Preds late in the first, because of course
- Penalty = kilt
- I hope Quick is okay
- Miika gets sent off for that? He was getting harassed by every King on the ice
- That was almost entirely on Subban there
- And yet another Preds penalty
- Well now we’ll have 4-on-4 followed by a PP
- Penalty = kilt
- He’s back in business everyone
- Wow and now it’s 3-1
- Soooo that period was weird
- That’s not good
- That is though (also who would’ve thought Watty would have 2 goals)
- Ryan Ellis is upset
- Well that’s not good. Not good at all
- Rinne is playing some crazy hockey
- Thank goodness that’s over with
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of The Game
- Austin Watson - He scored 2 freaking goals people
- Ryan Ellis - He has looked fantastic since his return from IR
- Pekka Rinne - Yes, he let up 3 goals. But he made some very important saves tonight
Tweets of the Night
Thus far, it appears as though the extra rest has been a good thing for Pekka Rinne.— ShaunCSmithOTF (@ShaunCSmithOTF) January 7, 2018
I thought Ryan Ellis was playing tonight. Why is he suited up in the Kings’ penalty box? pic.twitter.com/Ya8pqop62M— Caroline (@carolianne_) January 7, 2018
SCOTT HARTNELL IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD— generous billionaire (@grilledcube) January 7, 2018
Preds and Kings games usually go like 8-7, so hold on, lots of shenanigans ahead.— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) January 7, 2018