The Predators’ last stop in Canada ended on a high note Saturday, with the Preds extinguishing the Calgary Flames 2-0. This win officially ends the losing streak plaguing the Preds for the last four games, relieving most of the tension hanging over the players.
It was rumored that Anders Lindback, who replaced Pekka during the second and third periods of last Thursdays devastating loss against the Canucks, would be the starting goalie against the Flames, allowing Pekka to rest and take a breather for a game. However, in true Peks fashion, he did not let the bad vibe of four straight losses affect his train of thought, blocking all 33 shots the Flames chucked at the Finnish goalie. Also a plus for Pekka, this shutout was his 21st shutout, thus tying him with Tomas Vokoun for most in franchise history.
Both the Predators and the Flames were relatively quiet during the first period, but the Predators took the reigns in the second, with Niclas Bergfors striking the first blow against the Flames; this was also his first goal as a Nashville Predator. Taking responsibility for the second goal (during the 3rd period) was Sergei Kostitsyn, his second goal of the season.
Although the Predators were out in full force Saturday and were clearly ready to play, they still ran into hurdles with very little shots to the goal (14 to Calgary’s 33) and unnecessary time in the penalty box. However, after the truly embarrassing game against Vancouver, we here at Lady Preds believe the players may have caught on to their mistakes; hopefully.
Also on a Predators note, Captain Shea Weber has been fined $2,500 for boarding Jannik Hansen during the Vancouver game last Thursday night. Weber spent 5 minutes in the box during the third period after receiving boarding and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Now that the losing streak has been nipped in the bud in Calgary, are the Predators ready to face the San Jose Sharks at home? If so, this will be the first win at home for the Preds, which would be so very nice for the fans (and give the team some hope, too). The puck drops at 7PM and, if you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on Fox Sports South (check your local listings). We here at Lady Preds are finally happy to write an upbeat post and we hope to continue with more!