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Nashville Predators 5, Ottawa Senators 2: Arvidsson Scores Twice, Preds Bounce Back

The Preds vented their hockey frustrations tonight. Boy, did they need a game like this.

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The Predators dug out of their two game losing streak and put together a solid outing against the Senators tonight. With two goals from Viktor Arvidsson and a 36 save effort from Pekka Rinne, the Preds beat the Sens 5-2 in front of a very loud and very supportive home crowd.

Early on, it looked like Saturday’s Preds had returned to the ice as they couldn’t get any quality shots on Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Too many low danger shots from the perimeter, too little pressure in the offensive zone. The Senators looked like the better team five minutes in.

That changed quickly as the Preds managed to get the first two goals of the game. The first—brace yourselves!—came on the power play from Roman Josi. Whoo hoo! Then, five minutes later, some nifty backhand passes from Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen led to a second goal. Viktor Arvidsson was planted in front of Anderson and found the puck on the rebound and made it 2-0 with less than six minutes left in the period.

A questionable call on Colton Sissons led to the Senators first goal, scored by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He gathered in a rebound and put it past Rinne to make it 2-1. It was unfortunate because the Preds had all the momentum, then had to limp to the locker room with only a one goal lead.

The 2nd period was wild. The Predators took a 3-1 lead on—brace yourselves again!—a power play goal from Ryan Ellis. But then Max “who?” McCormick scored on a weak wrist shot to make it 3-2. Another momentum killer.

Play went back-and-forth for a couple more minutes until Arvidsson scored his second goal following a steal by Forsberg off an errant Erik Karlsson pass. Karlsson was real mad and the place got real loud.

With a two goal lead in the 3rd period, the Preds continued to pour it on. Johansen’s line was outstanding, generating a ton of pressure, but it was the Turris line that found the 5th goal. Kevin Fiala won a puck in the zone, then found Craig Smith, who buried the puck past a sprawling Anderson.

That was all she wrote. The Senators went very quietly into the night and the Preds won it 5-2.

It’s tough to say this was a “must-win” but the Preds really needed to put the last two games behind them. A fairly dominating win like this, no matter the opponent, works just fine.

Now they head to Detroit to make it back-to-back wins.

Random Observations

  • It seems like the Preds have one strategy when it comes to goal scoring: do whatever you can to pass to the point. It works for a while, but teams figure that crap out. Do something else.
  • Derrick Brassard’s stick blade flew about 25 feet in the air, no joke.
  • Early on, this looks like the same Preds team that lost to the Red Wings on Saturday. Too many shots getting blocked, not enough net presence, too many costly turnovers in the defensive zone.
  • OMG! A power play goal! And just like that it’s 1-0 Preds
  • Tbh, I am not sure that was any more or less potent of a power play than what we’ve seen recently. They just happened to have scored. Which is fine!
  • (And then the very next pp does absolutely nothing and confirms the pp is still probably bad)
  • JOFA! The top line delivers a beautiful goal and boyyy did they need it. No look passing from Forsberg and Joey to find Arvy in the danger zone. 2-0!!
  • Oh my what a garbage call on Sissons. No way is that interference. And of course the Sens capitalize. Rebound in front that just got out of Rinne’s reach.
  • I’m convinced that Yannick Weber needs to be a permanent member of the 3rd pair. He’s the least worrisome of the bunch and at least has speed to make up for mistakes.
  • The Preds told everyone their favorite candies and it was by far the best in-game bit they’ve done. So many things to talk about. Hartnell like Jujubes? Craig Smith likes Spree?
  • Then the Preds score!! It was the candies bit, I’m sure of it.
  • Ryan Ellis with the power play bomb and holy cow we have two PPGS.
  • Oh my, that’s dumb. Some guy named Max scored his 4th career goal and it was really dumb. 3-2 now.
  • (and he made Karlsson look bad in the process, that’s cool)
  • Trade announcement. The Red Wings traded Petr Mrazek to the Flyers. Which means the Preds won’t face him tomorrow night! Whoo!
  • This is a much, much better performance. Keeping the gas pedal firmly pressed in the 3rd period with a two goal lead. Love it.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. JOFA: That whole line was on fire. Arvy with two goals, Forsberg with two assists, and Joey with one. Outstanding effort.
  2. Roman Josi: Goal and assist, he and Ellis were the best defensive pair.
  3. Pekka Rinne: [scheduled star of the game] this is automatic, folks

Tweets of the Night

(if you missed it, a false emergency alarm sounded right before the anthem and it was weird)

Game Extras