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Nashville Predators 3, Boston Bruins 2: A Shootout Win

The Predators took on the Bruins tonight in Smashville. The game was a defensive battle for the most part (until the third that is). Both Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne played well.

Boston kicked off the scoring with a goal at the end of a power play by Milan Lucic. It took Nashville a while to find the back of the net, but they finally put one in (AND ON THE POWER PLAY!!) late in the second, by Mike Fisher. Mike Ribeiro then kicked off the scoring early in the third to give the Predators a 2-1 lead. The lead was short lived as the Bruins tied it with a goal from Reilly Smith.

Three periods weren’t enough for these guys though, they wanted to play some extra hockey. In the end, the Nashville Predators prevailed in the shootout.

Now they get a nice extended break until Saturday.

Random Observations

  • That was as even as a first period you could get. Neither team gave up much. They both played sound a textbook hockey. The Preds’ penalty kill was excellent in that period. They pressured Boston in the neutral zone and never let them get set up in the offensive zone. Also, I must say that it is fun to watch Zdeno Chara. It’s not often we get to see the giant play, so it’s always fun to watch when he comes to town.
  • The only concern I had after the first was that it marked the fourth straight scoreless period for Nashville. That is not a good sign for our revamped offense. Anytime you go stretches like that without scoring, it’s always a concern. But I have full faith in Peter Laviolette and his staff to right the ship.
  • Rinne made a couple a great stops at the tail end of the Bruin’s second power play, but Milan Lucic was finally able to find the back of the net. Look on the bright side, at least it wasn’t a power play goal against. Am I right?
  • Maybe I should recap more games. That is the second power play goal in as many games that I have watched and recapped. And it was Mike Fisher again on this one. Is he the answer to our power play struggles? Maybe. Oh, and not to mention, that was Filip Forsberg’s 30th point of the season.
  • I haven’t checked the official stats, but I am pretty sure that was the longest stretch of the season for the Preds not scoring a goal. That was something we were used to seeing last year, but I don’t see this being a persistent issue for this team.
  • I was looking at the standing during the second intermission, and the Central division is so tight. Yes, the Blackhawks and Blues are ahead of the Preds right now, but they also have games in hand. We may not know who the division winner is going to be until the last game. It will be games like these, at home, against a struggling team, that the Predators need to win.
  • Mike Ribeiro everyone!! That was exactly the kind of start Nashville needed in the third.
  • The Nashville penalty kill looked good tonight. They kept the Preds in the game a crucial times, and never let up on the puck pressure.
  • How many times can I mention that Rinne has bailed us out, again.
  • And once again, the Predators have yet to lose back to back games this season.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  • Mike Fisher: Any time someone on this team scores a goal on the man advantage, I am going to go ahead and pencil them in one of these spots.
  • Filip Forsberg: Because as I mentioned earlier, he scored his 30th point of the season tonight.
  • Pekka Rinne: He had 33 saves in regulation and overtime, and he played excellent the entire game. /

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