Yes, we are very, very behind with this update, but a nice weekend in the wonderful city of Cookeville was in our cards (It was TTU’s Homecoming). Also, we weren’t allowed to watch the game due to the LSU/Bama game, but hopefully we will be able to give you a good, reliable summary of the Predators charge on San Jose last night. The Predators struck first, but quickly found themselves down by two going into the third. The boys were down, but they definitely were not out, catching up and forcing the game into OT. Leggy took charge and sealed the game, giving the Preds the win 4-3. Here’s some of the highlights:
- Like Thursday’s game against the Coyotes, the first period was all shots, but no goals for both teams. However, David Legwand got the game going at 1:02 in the second (his 4th this season), with assists from Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson. Unfortunately, the Sharks weren’t going to let the Preds repeat Thursday’s game in Phoenix, with Joe Pavelski scoring quickly after Leggy.
- San Jose continued with two more goals, taking the lead 3-1 during the third. Patric Hornqvist decided the game wasn’t going to continue in San Jose’s favor and scored his sixth goal of the season with assists from Captain Shea Weber and Francis Bouillon.
- Suter made use of a Powerplay and scored the goal to tie the game with assists from Martin Erat and Shea Weber. With this goal, the Predators were able to force the game into OT.
- Leggy took control of the puck at 2:53 in OT and sealed the game for the Predators, with an assist from Bouillon. This is the first OT win for the Predators this season.
- The Sharks lead the Predators in shots, but the Predators kept it at a close race, 35 to their 38. As we noted in previous game reviews, the Predators are finally getting comfortable with shots, which is ultimately what they need.
- The Predators may not have lead the game in shots, but they did lead in penalties (not good). Although the Predators had four to the Sharks’ three, it’s still not something to be proud to lead in.
- Mike Fisher – 13:22 1st Period – Hooking (2 minutes)
- Teemu Laasko – 9:01 2nd Period – Slashing (2 minutes)
- Shea Weber – 10:09 2nd Period – Slashing (2 minutes)
- Jonathon Blum – 18:56 3rd Period – Hooking (2 minutes)
- Kevin Klein was missing from the lineup last night due to deflecting a shot from Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin Thursday night. He took the shot to the ankle and was complaining of discomfort. It does not appear to be serious, though so don’t expect Klein to be out for long.
- Sergei Kostitsyn also sat out last night due to a “muscle issue”. Like Klein, his issue doesn’t seem too serious, so hopefully he will be ready for the Kings on Tuesday.
- Nick Spaling is still recovering on Injured Reserve. Date of his return is unknown, but hopefully he’ll be back ASAP.
The Predators are off to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Tuesday night. The puck drops at 9:30PM CT once again, but luckily, there isn’t an SEC Game of the Century going on at the same time. GO PREDS.