The Predators were a little distraught after losing to the Red Wings with five seconds left in the game on Friday night, giving Detroit its 22nd consecutive home game win. The Predators didn’t have time to dwell on their loss, though because they were quickly sent off to Dallas to take on the Stars, a team they had yet to seal a win against this season. However, the Predators had just acquired a potential killing machine on Friday afternoon and he stands at 6’7″… Here are the highlights from tonight’s game:
- Defenseman Hal Gill made his debut with Nashville tonight in Dallas, sporting the white and gold. At 6’7″, he made Jordin Tootoo look like he was skating with Goliath during the game. #75 is very hard to miss on the ice.
- Patric Hornqvist and Brian McGrattan are still lingering on the IR, hopefully healing quickly. In a surprise scratch is Mike Fisher, who is currently suffering from the flu. Jack Hillen was also scratched from tonight.
- Dallas got the ball rolling at 6:49 in the first period with a wrist shot from Michael Ryder, his 23rd goal of the season.
- At 15:39, rookie Gabriel Bourque tied it up 1-1, his third goal of the season. David Legwand and Matt Halischuk pick up the assists.
- In an outstanding goal, Shea Weber was able to put the Predators up 2-1 with just one second left in the 1st at 19:59. This was his 12th goal of the season with Ryan Suter and Sergei Kostitsyn picking up the assists.
- The 2nd period only produced one goal, and luckily it was from Colin Wilson at 16:05 with a backhanded goal passed Kari Lehtonen, his 12th goal of the season. Jordin Tootoo and goalie Pekka Rinne gain the assists.
- The Predators held the lead at 3-1 until 15:11 in the third, when Alex Goligoski knocked a wrist shot passed Pekka for his eight goal of the season. Even with the Stars on the power play with the last minute in the game and an empty net, it just wasn’t enough for the Stars to tie up the game, giving the Predators their first win in Dallas this season 3-2.
- The Stars out shot the Predators 24 to 21, but Pekka was able to stop 22 of them and managed to pick up an assist, his third this season. Newcomer Hal Gill was the only penalty for the Predators at 17:55 in the third due to a tripping call. It put the Predators in a sticky situation, but the team was able to hold out for the win.
The Predators head back to Nashville to take on the ever-so-lovely Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Predators fell in the shootout the last time Vancouver came to visit the Music City, so the Predators definitely do not want another loss to the Sedin twins on their own home turf.
Check out our events page for all the fun that is going on this week! A public skate at Bridgestone, a Jordin Tootoo Show, and a meet and greet!
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