Nashville Predators 3, St. Louis Blues 2: No Goal, No Problem
The Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues squared off for the 4th time tonight. It ended with the Predators leading the regular season series 3-1, and they'll win that series regardless of the outcome of the final meeting next month.
The Predators and the Blues played the second game in as many nights tonight as they faced off against each other. This game had a playoff atmosphere to it. It was a fast paced, exciting games that had the fans on the edge of their seats the entire game.
Shea Weber opened up the scoring for the Preds in the first period. Chris Butler responded early in the second followed by a goal by T.J. Oshie later on in the period. Nashville looked like they answered back, but the goal by Filip Forsberg was waived off and upheld by the referees and Toronto. In the end, it didn't even matter. Gabriel Bourque scored off the next face-off to tie the game up. Weber added his second goal of the game in the third period to give the Preds the lead. The Predators ended up hanging on for the win when it was all said and done.
- Considering both teams came off a game last night, the start of the game was pretty fast paced. I'm not going to lie, when I first heard Rinne was starting in net, I was skeptical. I, personally, am not a fan of having your star goalie start back to back games. But he definitely made some big saves early in the game to show everyone that last night was a fluke game.
- Oh captain, my captain! How did the Blues all just cave on the puck and not keep a guy on Shea Weber? You don't leave a guy who has a shot like Weber's alone. He just smoked that one past Elliott. The Predators could have really put some pressure on the Blues towards the end of the first. They had some good chances on the power play, but couldn't quite convert to end the first.
- Peks looked a little more human at the beginning of the second. He let a tipped puck get past him from Butler. I am watching Blues broadcast, and that goal came when they were interviewing Martin Brodeur. I am convinced he put some type of voodoo spell on the game to help the Blues there.
- There was nothing Rinne could have done on St. Louis' second goal of the game. That was a perfectly executed give and go. Oshie had a wide open net to put that puck in, and he made the Preds pay for sure.
- This is the second time, that I can remember, that Nashville responded to a no goal call with a legit goal. What an answer from the Preds that was by Bourque.
- Weber!!! What a time to get a goal. The Captain just roofed that puck past Elliott for a shorthanded goal. On a side note though, the Preds were at 42 shots for the game at the point of his goal. Take a goal away, and the Predators will show you how they respond.
- With this win tonight, the Preds improved to 12-0-0 following a loss.
OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Shea Weber: The captain came through huge tonight. He had two goals, and one of them was a shorthanded one.
- Gabriel Bourque: I don't think his goal could have came at any better of a time for Nashville.
- Olli Jokinen: That's right folks, no need to adjust your eyes. He had two assists tonight. All that hair finally helped him on the ice.
Tweets Of The Night
Remember: since Pekka gave up four goals and lost the shoot out he probably didn't work that hard and is totally refreshed for tonight— Link (@3DLink) December 31, 2014
Notre Dame beats an SEC team. Olli Jokinen gets a point. Strange days in Nashville— J.R. Lind (@jrlind) December 31, 2014
.@NHL guys, I'm a man with a TV and smart phone. I'm here to help if you need me. pic.twitter.com/AUPHV4rKOH— Dan D Bradley (@DanDBradley) December 31, 2014
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