The Preds made stop three of three on the 2019 California road trip tonight in San Jose.
It’s been mentioned several times that the newly formed line of Craig Smith-Colton Sissons-Calle Järnkrok is pretty exciting. They opened up the scoring for Nashville tonight in the Shark Tank of San Jose less than two minutes into the game.
Matt Irwin was the first man in the penalty box for Nashville. The golden penalty killers were successful and Nashville resumed their attack. A kerfuffle in the corner resulted in a Micheal Haley vs. Wayne Simmonds throw down, but nothing really resulted from the tussle. Nashville’s power play was quickly negated by a penalty on Ryan Johansen. The Predators went to the locker room for the first intermission up by one goal.
The Sharks answered with a goal from Timo Meier about four minutes into the second period. Viktor Arvidsson answered less than 30 seconds later on a gorgeous deflection to put the Predators back in the lead.
Colton Sissons was whistled for a slash to put San Jose back on the power play. The Sharks have some fantastic puck movement on their power play, but Juuse Saros stood tall and the Predators were able to kill of the penalty.
Colton Sissons returned to the box again after getting in a tilly with Joe Thornton. Thornton also took a seat. Neither team was able to convert on 4-on-4. The referees sent Roman Josi and Timo Meier to the box with 3 minutes remaining in the second period and the Preds and the Sharks returned to 4-on-4.
Brent Burns made a crisp pass to Joe Thornton for San Jose’s second goal of the evening with the teams skating four players each.
With just over 12 minutes left in the third period, Filip Forsberg scored his 300th career point on a lacrosse-style sling to give the Predators the lead. With 9 minutes remaining in the period, Kevin Labanc was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. The Predators failed to do much with their power play time.
Viktor Arvidsson sealed the deal with an empty-net goal. With his help, the Predators collected 4 of 6 points in California.
- 1:07 into the game...notch one for Colton Sissons.
- Michael Haley vs. Wayne Simmonds: a teal and gold tussle.
- Brian Boyle almost baseball bunted a puck into the net!
- This game is salty. I like it.
- Joe Pavelski fell really awkwardly and is no longer on the bench. Hope he’s not injured.
- Filip Forsberg pinged one off the post!
- These boys are clicking tonight.
- Y'all gotta clear the zone!
- WHAT A RESPONSE!
- I know it’s old and tired...but Viktor Arvidsson is a 30-goal scorer.
- My legs hurt just watching Juuse Saros make big saves.
- Forsberg and Arvidsson are feeling themselves tonight.
- I feel like making Joe Thornton angry is...bad.
- Why do the officials keep sending TWO guys to the box?
- There’s a lot of back-and-forth early in the third.
- FILIP FORSBERG! A lacrosse-style goal.
- That was Forsberg’s 300th career point.
- That was Ryan Johansen’s 400th career point. ON THE SAME PLAY.
- Colton Sissons is all over the place tonight.
- Holy Juuse!
- Empty net for San Jose.
- EMPTY NETTER FROM ARVIDSSON! Nick Bonino’s pass up the ice to Arvidsson was very, very nice.
- Good night, Smashville.
Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Viktor Arvidsson: His tip-in in the second period was his 30th of the season. He did it in 49 games. “RV” added a second goal into the empty Sharks net.
- Filip Forsberg: The Swede makes everything look so easy. Forbserg’s goal was tonight’s game-winner.
- Juuse Saros: The younger Finnish netminder stopped 24 of 26 shots tonight. He always gives his team a chance to win. That “W” looks really nice on Saros’s 2018-2019 stats.
Tweets of the Night
In the least surprising thing thus far tonight, of course the milestones come together. Filip Forsberg collects point No. 300, Ryan Johansen gets No. 400 on the same play. #Preds pic.twitter.com/Jw023yUQQ1— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) March 17, 2019