The Nashville Predators took their 5-game win streak to Edmonton tonight, facing a familiar foe with an even more familiar player.
That player, Pontus Aberg, got the first shot on goal of the game, as both teams put pressure on the goalies early on. The Oilers got on the board first, as Connor McDavid made a few moves and snuck the puck right past Rinne. The Predators answered with more pressure on Talbot, and eventually got Connor McDavid to the box on an interference call.
The Preds were unable to score on the power play, and with just over a minute left in the first period, Turris found himself in the penalty box for hooking. The Oilers took advantage of their power play opportunity, with Leon Draisatl putting Edmonton up 2-0 heading into the locker room, and Nashville having 1:59 of a power play remaining.
The Preds got some good pressure on their second power play, but none of their 5 shots on goal made it into the net. After 17 more minutes of pressure, Scott Hartnell put the Preds on the board with his 4th goal in his last 5 games. Just as the period was about to end, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson sprinted down the ice and tied the game at 2-2.
The Preds started the third period the same way they started the other two, by putting pressure on Talbot. The Oilers responded with pressure on Rinne, but the team to break the tie was the Preds with Arvidsson scoring his 2nd goal of the game, and 24th of the season, with just under 6 minutes to go in the game. Austin Watson got in on the scoring with 3 minutes remaining, expanding the Predators lead to 4-2, which is where the score would stay.
- First line Hartman tonight, ladies and gentlemen
- All I need tonight is to not see a Pontus Aberg revenge game
- Rinne having to make a few big time saves here early
- The missed slash is annoying, but McJesus was going to score at some point tonight
- How many times is Turris going to get removed from the circle?
- McJesus to the box this time
- This game could definitely be going better...
- Good pressure here to start the second, hopefully one of these can go in
- JoFA is back
- HOW IS IT THAT HARTNELL-BONINO-JARNKROK PULL OFF THE TIC-TAC-TOE
- AAAAAND WE. ARE. TIED!!!! JoFA LINE!!!!
- But Arvidsson’s only going to have one good year
- This period has gone okay, but we need shots to go in
- Pew Pew
- I’M THINKING ARVY’S x2
- WATTY FROSTYYYYY
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of The Game
- Viktor Arvidsson - One good year, y’all
- Scott Hartnell - 4 goals in 5 games, he’s heating up
- David Poile - Winningest GM in the history of the NHL. That’s nuts. Congrats GMDP
Tweets of the Night
To those of you baffled by "fourth-line" Viktor Arvidsson:— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 2, 2018
1. The Predators have enough forward depth to have a 20-goal scorer in that spot in the lineup, which is good.
2. It probably won't last the entire game, so take a deep breath and hug a loved one.
FOURTH LINER VIKTOR ARVIDSSON DEMOTED TO START THE GAME BECAUSE HE ONLY HAD ONE GOOD YEAR #PREDS— GMDP (@TheGMDP) March 2, 2018
Filip Forsberg is attacking the net with aplomb. It must be March-berg.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 2, 2018
So we just not gonna acknowledge that Ekholm got his stick slashed out of his hands?— HasBeenSports (@HasBeenSports) March 2, 2018
... #Preds #NSHvsEDM pic.twitter.com/IqP0QWHoqr
See, the Preds have been playing a lot of games east of the magnetic north pole but tonight they are west of the magnetic north pole and i think that’s why they are off just a little bit— J.R. Lind (@jrlind) March 2, 2018
Scott Hartnell, Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok have outscored opponents 11-6 when together at five-on-five.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 2, 2018
Goal by pic.twitter.com/tMOu9QnraR— Justin Bradford (@justinbbradford) March 2, 2018