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Nashville Predators 4, Montreal Canadiens 1: Smith Scores Two for a Win in Quebec

The Predators defeated the Canadiens with goals from Craig Smith, Mattias Ekholm, and Viktor Arvidsson.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping a game to Detroit in overtime last night, the Predators squared off against the Canadiens in the Bell Centre tonight.

The teams traded chances early in the first, but both Montreal netminder Carey Price and Nashville’s Juuse Saros were up to the task. It was none other than P.K. Subban who set up Craig Smith for Nashville’s first goal of the game. Mattias Ekholm added another for the Predators with 35 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Predators were the first team to the power play around midway through the second period. You’ve heard this story before...the Predators were unable to score on the man-advantage.

Shea Weber brought Montreal within one with 7 minutes remaining in the second period. Less than ten seconds later, Smith tapped in a slick wrap-around and the Predators regained their two goal lead. Montreal challenged for goaltender interference but the “war room” in Toronto found no interference.

The Canadiens went on the power play for the first time late in the second period. The Predators were able to kill the penalty thanks to some solid saves from Saros. Both Montreal and Nashville traded some chances as the second period drew to a close, but neither team was able to add another goal.

Viktor Arvidsson drew a penalty early in the third period for another power play. The Predators were unable to convert and even-strength play continued. With Carey Price on the bench, Montreal tried their best to pressure the Predators in the final three minutes of the contest. With his usual superhuman effort, Viktor Arvidsson was able to clear the puck out of the Nashville zone into the open Canadiens net.

Random Observations

  • I really like watching Jesperi Kotkaniemi play hockey.
  • Is there any NHLer who looks more like a captain than Shea Weber? He looks like the “C” belongs on his sweater.
  • Juuse Saros!!!!!!
  • First line Calle Järnkrok is an interesting choice.
  • Joel Armia had his shot picked off by Saros on an unintentional breakaway.
  • That being said...stand up, Ryan Ellis.
  • Pekka Rinne is hanging out behind Saros’s net since he can’t sit with the team.
  • Back and forth, back and forth.
  • Mattias Ekholm is doing all the right things this season. The underrated Norse-god defenseman has 2 points in the game already.
  • Don’t look now, but Rocco Grimaldi’s assist on Ekholm’s goal gives him a 4-game point streak.
  • Calle Järnkrok has assists in two straight’s nice to see #19 back on the scoresheet.
  • Grimaldi out there zooming around brings me unbounded joy.
  • Shea Weber doing Shea Weber things.
  • Smitty gets a wraparound!
  • Montreal is challenging for interference. Let. It. Beeeeeeeeee!
  • #SmithHattyWatch
  • Subban broke a stick on a massive slap shot.
  • Neat fact of the night: Subban grabbed his 300th career assist in tonight’s game.
  • The boys have very active sticks tonight.
  • Austin Watson and Ryan Hartman almost added another for the Preds!!!! If Carey Price was any other goalie, that might have been a Frosty Goal.
  • Uh, whatcha doing, Saros???????????
  • Price on the bench!!!!!!!
  • EMPTY NETTER FROM ARVIDSSON!!!!! That’s the game.

Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Craig Smith: Ole “Crazy Legs” has goals in three straight games. He nabbed his 13th and 14th goals of the season.
  2. Mattias Ekholm: The tall Swedish defenseman had one goal and one assist in tonight’s game.
  3. P.K. Subban: With assists on two of tonight’s three goals, Subban picked up his 300th career assist. He’s playing better hockey in each game and really finding his groove again.

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