If you missed tonight’s game, you missed another great Predators comeback, striping Detroit of what they thought was their win. Oh no, the Predators, no matter how far behind they are, can never be counted as out. The Red Wings clearly learned that tonight, as the Predators were down 3-1 with 5 minutes left in the game. But again, for the Predators, as long as the clock is still running, there is always still time to win. Although Detroit was offensive dominate in this game – the Predators didn’t actually look too hot the entire game until the 3rd – the Predators sealed the game overall and hey, isn’t that what matters? Now, Detroit can whine about how they have more Stanley Cup Championships than the Predators do; they are 72 years OLDER than the Predators so that is a given. Tonight was a night that was reminiscent of this year’s playoffs, with the entire sold out crowd cheering on the Predators. Nothing is better than a loud, fired-up Nashville fan base. Here’s the highlights from tonight’s game:
- Brian McGrattan was tonight’s healthy scratch, although we thought he’d fair well against this Red Wings team. However, the Predators seemed to do well tonight without him and his tough demeanor, so we thank him for resting tonight.
- Detroit took an early lead at 5:15 on a PP from Ryan Suter, when Tomas Holmstrom was able to rebound it passed Pekka.
- The Predators did not allow the Red Wings to hold onto the lead for long and at 10:09, David Legwand slipped the puck passed Jimmy Howard with assistance from Craig Smith and Martin Erat.
- The 2nd Period seemed to belong to Detroit, with the Red Wings scoring twice within a minute of both goals, putting Detroit up 3-1. Jordin Tootoo answered the call for the Predators almost six minutes after Detroit’s two goals (17:22) with the help from Kevin Klein (yes, Klein) and Nick Spaling.
- The third period was clearly the most intense, both between the players and the fans. As stated before, the sound resonating from the Bridgestone Arena hasn’t been heard since the Spring during the playoffs (what a beautiful thing it is to not be able to hear yourself even think). Did the fans help focus the worn out home team? We’d like to think so. Captain Shea Weber scored the first goal to tie the game at 15:36 on the PP, with help from Ryan Suter and Martin Erat. THEN, at 18:24, Weber shot the game-winning goal to give the Predators their fourth consecutive win. Jordin Tootoo was given the assist on his goal.
- The Predators have significantly improved their power play skills, with Shea Weber’s first goal being the 7th power play goal the Predators have had in consecutive games. Something’s going right with that, now if only we can work on the accurate passing… huh?
- Detroit’s PP was also on top tonight, as well. They were only given two chances and they used them well, scoring on both of them. Nashville only had one PP chance, and they used it properly as well. Here are they two Preds who hung out in the box:
- Ryan Suter – 3:27 1st Period – Hooking (Tomas Holmstrom scored)
- Jerred Smithson – 9:11 2nd Period – Hooking (Henrik Zetterberg scored)
This win should propel the Predators to another win on Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
The Blues have also won four straight games, so the Predators need to be level-headed and focused going into Saturday night. The puck drops at 7PM. GO PREDS.