The Predators are known for their comebacks and seemingly impossible plays, but Thursday’s game at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one for the history books. Heck, even the NHL acknowledged the Predators and their tenacity after this game! And, of course, this game was not shown on TV, so for some of us, the lag of the radio was all we had! Only a team like the Predators could come back to win 6-5 in regulation after being down 4-1. Let’s look at the highlights from Thursday’s game:
- Kevin Klein was missing from action again, still battling the flu-like symptoms. Klein is expected to be out until Monday’s game against the Red Wings.
- Mike Fisher struck first, scoring off a rebound shot from Sergei Kostitsyn at 12:29 in the first on a PP. The Predators are currently number two in the league for scoring on the power play. Fisher was assisted by both SK74 and Ryan Suter.
- The excitement was short lived as Jeff Carter tied the game 27 seconds after Fisher’s goal. This was Carter’s third goal this season against the Predators.
- After Carter’s goal, Brian McGrattan laid Jared Boll out, who had quite a difficult time getting back up. Boll was lead back to the locker room and McGrattan was given a five minute interference penalty and a game misconduct. This a was a lousy call if we’ve ever seen one, but hey, when has the NHL not given a hoot about the Predators?
- The Blue Jackets used McGrattan’s penalty to their advantage, scoring three consecutive power play goals, sending them up 4-1. Jeff Carter scored two of the three goals, giving him a Hat Trick (though most of us didn’t even notice).
- The Predators revved up during the second period, with Patric Hornqvist scoring from the crease at 5:28. He was assisted by both David Legwand and Shea Weber.
- Ryan Johansen was quick to respond, but the Predators were faster as Nick Spaling scored at 8:53 with help from Colin Wilson and Jordin Tootoo.
- Roman Josi helped the Predators to 4-5 at 13:41 in the 2nd, assisted by Francis Bouillon and Martin Erat.
- The Predators pulled their typical comeback in the third period, with a late score at 16:14 by David Legwand on the power play. Colin Wilson and Shea Weber picked up the assists on Leggy’s goal.
- Martin Erat sealed the game and even gained the attention of the NHL with his sneaky goal with only 8.4 seconds in the game. Erat was assisted by both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.
- The Predators out-shot the Blue Jackets only 38 to 31 and only caught five penalties to their four. The Predators were out-shot in the first period, but clearly took more shots during the second and third periods than the Jackets. Here are the boys who spent some time in the box:
- Brian McGrattan – 14:26 1st Period – Interference
- Brian McGrattan – 14:26 1st Period – Game Misconduct
- David Legwand – 7:15 2nd Period – Tripping
- Sergei Kostitsyn – 17:42 2nd Period – Roughing
- Patric Hornqvist – 1:19 3rd Period – Hi-Sticking
It’s plain and clear that the Predators can come back and steal the game, which is what makes hockey has exciting as it is. No matter what, the Predators are never “technically” out of the game and can put up a fight, whether it be in the first or third period. All we have to say is that, they sure like to give their fans heart attacks. Prepare yourself if you have high blood pressure.