Lavi Earns #400, Preds Ground Jets
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators faced off against the red hot Winnipeg Jets in a special 6:00pm start for hockey night in Canada. The Bridgestone arena was filled with Preds fans looking to see their team on a Saturday night for the first time in several weeks.
The game was a grind, grind, and more grind type of match up where both teams could not get anything going in the offensive zone. The Preds seemed to wake up after a Mike Ribero goal was disallowed in the 2nd period. James Neal came out on the next faceoff and sniped a filthy goal from the circles area.
The game opened up a little more after that and ultimately the Preds got what turned out to be the game winning goal after Craig Smith put in a rebound late in the 3rd period.
James Neal (9)
Craig Smith (6)
Mike Ribero (10)
Calle Jarnkrok (1)
-The power play woes continue to rear it’s ugly side as the Preds went 0-4 on the power play. The Preds are now 1-24 on the power play at home.
-Calle Jarnkrok notches his first point of the year.
-Filip Forsberg scoring streak ends.
-James Neal has points in the last 4 games.
Smith on game winning goal:
” I was off to the side, so the shot was taken from the middle,” Smith said. “He went down to try to pick it up and then it was on my stick before he could get up and move over. Hit the net.”
Coach Laviollette on win #400:
” I wouldn’t have known unless I read it in the notes,” Laviolette said. “Really the most important thing was it was a big win for our team tonight. We have to keep pushing wins and trying to stay on top of what we are doing here because if you don’t, to stay at the top is hard and to fall is easy.”
James Neal on disallowed goal:
“It was a tough call there,” Neal said. “We felt like we were right there to get one and you get your emotions all ramped up when you score and you feel like you are back in the game. It was a little bit of a let down when it didn’t happen, but to come right back and score on them was big. You could feel the game kind of change from that point on.”
The Preds hit the road again for two games and face off first against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Preds remain in second place in the central division with an 11-4–2 record.