Could that have been the greatest, most action packed third period of this season for the Preds? We don’t know about future games, but it sure rivaled the past ones! Both teams didn’t strike gold until late into the third period, but the Predators only allowed Joel Ward and the Capitals one goal before putting the hurt on them. Here are the highlights of tonight’s game:
- David Legwand found himself out of the game again tonight due to injury and both Teemu Laakso and Brian McGrattan were scratched from the game.
- Because both Pekka Rinne and Washington’s TomasVokoun are products of Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn, some called this the “Mitch Korn Classic”. Both goalies played well tonight, blocking some outrageous shots to the goal. Obviously, Coach Korn knows how to train them for the long haul, well after they’ve left the Preds.
- As stated before, both the Preds and the Capitals were scoreless until the third period. Washington’s Troy Brouwer struck first at 15:14. However, the Predators decided it was time to stop being so nice to Joel Ward’s new team…
- Just 28 seconds later, at 15:42, Shea Weber made a blind pass through the crease to Martin Erat, who slipped it passed Vokoun to tie the game. Along with Weber, Mike Fisher also picked up an assist with this goal.
- As fans got ready for OT, Colin Wilson decided there was no need for such nonsense and, with only 24.7 seconds left in the game (19:35), Willy scored the winning goal. He was assisted by Martin Erat.
- However, that was not the last goal of the night for the Predators. Exactly five seconds later, after Vokoun was pulled from the ice, Captain Shea Weber sealed the game for the Preds with an empty netter. Mike Fisher picked up his second assist for the night on this goal, too.
- The Predators put a wallop on the Capitals when it came to shots, out-shooting Washington 40 to 31. Of course, the Predators also have more shots than the Capitals did in the third, 17 to 13.
- The referees were extra blind tonight, letting very obvious penalties go astray, but managed to see anything the Predators did (of course). Thus, the Predators found themselves in the penalty box more than Washington, 3 penalty to their 2 “caught” penalties. Here’s who spent some time in the box:
- Shea Weber – 1st Period 18:01 – Interference
- Ryan Suter – 1st Period 19:05 – Tripping
- Sergei Kostitsyn – 2nd Period 15:43 – Tripping
- The Predators were up to par on their backchecking, preventing the Capitals from scoring some crucial goals. Of course, with the awesomeness that is Pekka Rinne, players like Craig Smith, Matt Halischuk, and Jordin Tootoo were able to prevent the Capitals from scoring more than once.
The Predators played a very touching tribute video to Joel Ward, but that didn’t mean they were going to go easy on him. Although it took until the third period, the Predators put up very decent fight against Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals in Nashville tonight. Both Pekka and Vokoun were in tip top shape tonight, proving why Mitch Korn is an outstanding goalie coach.
The Predators continue to welcome more Eastern Conference teams to the Music City, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs this Thursday night at 7PM. Don’t forget, college kids! Thursday night is College Night, meaning lower bowl tickets start at $25 and upper bowl tickets at just $15.