What a win in Colorado this afternoon.
We were hit with the news right before puck drop that Roman Josi is out day-to-day with an upper body injury. The lineup was once again switched today, with Mike Fisher taking a seat after his debut on Friday, as well as Craig Smith. Whether for injury, maintenance, or rotation, it’s a blessing that we have such a deep team. Bring on the confused tweets and speculation.
Austin Watson opened up the scoring about four minutes into the first period. The fourth line was grinding away in the Colorado zone, and Watson snapped home a sweet shot into Semyon Varlamov’s net.
Nikita Zadorov high sticked Kevin Fiala in the face, giving the Predators their first power play of the afternoon. Colorado successfully killed the penalty, and Zadorov was alone coming out of the box and snapped home a goal over Rinne’s shoulder. That goal woke up the Colorado fans.
An ill-advised cross check by Mattias Ekholm put Colorado on their first power play. The Predators successfully killed it off, and the first period came to an end with the teams tied at 1.
Ryan Hartman was sent to the box at the beginning of the second for a tripping call. The Predators successfully killed off another penalty, but they looked a little disorganized as the second period continued. Ryan Johansen drew a penalty and the Predators looked to take advantage of a power play. A sneaky Kyle Turris popped a shot in for the second Nashville goal on the power play with 12 minutes remaining in the second.
Viktor Arvidsson was found guilty of a trip, and the Predators were once again down a man. The penalty killers were successful. With about 4 minutes remaining, Arvidsson and Gabriel Landeskog were charged with a penalty each, resulting in some 4-on-4 play. Neither team was able to tally.
Zadorov once again entered the penalty box with 22 seconds remaining in the second. The second period ended with Colorado leading Nashville in shots on goal 18-15.
Starting the third period out on a power play, the Predators could not find the back of the net. A 2-on-1 breakaway was initially saved by Pekka Rinne, but the puck bounced its way into the net. Fiala tried valiantly to tap the puck out of the blue ice, but the puck bounced off his stick into the net. What a tough break for the kid.
After that tying goal, the Predators could not seem to get their act together. Another penalty, this time to Watson, put the Predators down a man with a Colorado team coming full-force at them. The Avalanche put themselves ahead on a goal by Rantanen.
The Predators pulled Rinne with about two minutes remaining in the third. A beautiful blast with just a bit over one minute remaining from none other than Ryan Ellis tied the game.
Nick Bonino won the first OT faceoff. After a few chances by the Avalanche, the Preds secured the puck in their own zone. On a clean trip up ice, Forsberg snapped in a quick wrister on a tough angle and secured the OT win.
Eight wins in a row matches the franchise win-streak record. Nine sounds mighty fine, gentlemen. Let’s make that happen.
- I suppose Josi’s getting additional rest and healing from the super vague “upper-body injury.” Depth is a good thing, folks!
- The fourth line is just grinding away early in the first. They worked for that first goal and grabbed the lead early.
- That’s Austin Watson’s first double digit goal in his career...his 10th of the season.
- I think the JoFA line gets better in each game. The chemistry between Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg is just so beautiful.
- Oh hi, Gabriel Bourque.
- A power play! No joy.
- That tying goal really woke up the fans inside the Pepsi Center.
- That cross check was dumb, Ekholm.
- Colorado can’t use the “Dilly Dilly” for a power play. That’s Nashville’s thing.
- Mikko Rantanen just missed an open cage.
- Penalty 2= killed.
- There’s quite a lot of gold in the arena today.
- Penalty 3= killed.
- Embellishment? Yoooookay.
- Penalty 4 / 4-on-4= no splash.
- Hartman seems like a really annoying guy, but now he’s OUR annoying guy.
- The Super Mario power-up noise is great. Way to go, Avalanche Game Ops.
- What a weird bounce for the second Avs goal. Poor Kevin.
- Penalty 5= goal for Colorado.
- Nathan MacKinnon is feeling himself.
- Ryan Ellis!!!!!!
- To OT we go!!!! (heart rate=180)
- That goal was ridiculous. Forsberg’d, y'all.
- FilMarch? FilMarch.
Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Filip Forsberg: It’s good to see the Prince back on the scoresheet. That angle was ridiculous!
- Ryan Ellis: Fox Sports showed a stat where 3 of Ellis’s 6 goals have been game-tying or game-winning. We don’t deserve you, Human Rocketship.
- Austin Watson: This guy has found another gear recently. He’s able to play with the ever-revolving fourth line of Colton Sissons, Mikka Salomaki, Mike Fisher, etc. Today’s goal was his 10th of the season and a career-high.
Tweets of the Game
Austin Watson has 10 goals, reaching double digits for the first time in his NHL career. https://t.co/5NcU6j4L2f— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 4, 2018
I like Colorado's use of the Super Mario power-up sound effect when they get back to full strength.— Chris Brooks (@CBrooksTN) March 4, 2018
I don't like seeing the same guy ripping a slap shot past Rinne just after he gets out.
IT’S FILMARCH!!!!!!— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) March 4, 2018