Hockey on a Tuesday...nothing better! The first period started quite slowly, but Jordan Staal found the first goal for the Hurricanes after a mad scramble in front of the Nashville net. Juuse Saros did everything in his power to save the puck.
With Sebastian Aho in the box, the Predators had several chances against Petr Mrazek, but were unable to capitalize. Saros kept the game manageable, but the Predators didn’t seem to have any kind of life in the first period.
Saros had to begin the second period on his toes. The younger Finnish netminder was sharp against some early Carolina chances. A wildly bouncing puck from Jarred Tinordi to Ryan Johansen seemingly tied the game, but Carolina challenged for goaltender interference. After Bridgestone was lit up with thousands of cell phone lights and passionate fans belting the words to the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” the call on the ice was upheld.
The Hurricanes were assessed a bench minor for losing the goaltender interference challenge. The Predators were unable to score on their free power play. Andrei Svechnikov scored on a Carolina power play immediately after to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The Predators were unable to do much with a power play at the end of the period and went into the second intermission down by two goals.
The third period did not begin well. It didn’t really end well, either.
- All your livetweets are coming DIRECTLY from me tonight.
- What a damn save from Juuse Saros.
- The Hurricane moms are very happy.
- Hey look, power play movement!!!
- Can the Preds win a puck battle on the boards?
- LET IT BE!!!!
- Good goal. I’ll take it.
- What a freaking goal from Svechnikov there.
- The Preds can’t get past the circles with possession in this period.
- I am almost disinterested in this game. It’s meh.
- I like Sebastian Aho literally any other night of the season.
- Look like you care, Preds.
- Austin Watson goes down the tunnel after taking a stick to the face.
- Is this game over with yet?
- Mrazek is now 9-1 against the Preds. Holy crap.
Super Duper Stars of the Game
- The Canes’ moms: they were having such a good time on the road trip with their boys.
Tweets of the Night
Petr Mrazek apparently turns into Dominik Hasek against the Predators.— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) February 19, 2020
8-1-0 entering this game against them in his career with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
The Carolina broadcast team said that was a clear no-goal, Willy and Mason say it was an obvious goal that should stand. What a world, what a world.— statswhatnexter (@statsrespecter) February 19, 2020
Also: guess what folks - it's REAL hard to be successful continuously, let alone winning a division 3 years in a row or make the playoffs 6 years in a row. Sometimes you have a .500 team that is transitioning a coach, and just being an average team happens— Bryan Bastin (@projpatsummitt) February 19, 2020