Lindback stands tall: Preds down Ducks 3-1…
The Preds were outplayed dramatically over the 1st 10 minutes of the game even giving up a shorthanded goal on a 2-1 that developed after Ryan Suter was caught pinching down in the corner & the puck was turned over. This was the only shot Lindback had no chance to stop as Devante Smith-Pelly finished off the odd man rush for his 5th goal on the season giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead. This game continued to play out much of the same way until the end of the 2nd period with the teams trading scoring chances & Lindback making some solid saves.
The 3rd period started fast with a great pass from the blue line by David Legwand leading Patric Hornqvist down the slot for his team leading 23rd goal at 1:19 tying the game 1-1. With just under 11 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Preds F Martin Erat beat out an icing call & carried the puck behind the net finding D Ryan Suter, who fired a wrist shot off the mask of Ducks G Jonas Hiller & in the scrum following the puck was pushed in by F Mike Fisher who was parked in the crease making the score 2-1.
Lindback would then take over & make some outstanding saves down the stretch & Legwand potted the empty netter to seal the deal & salvage the road trip with a positive feeling for the plane ride home.
The Great Radu:
Late last night/early this morning it was reported that Alexander Radulov has been given a release from KHL team Ufa Salavat Yulayev & is reported to be boarding a plane sometime today for Nashville. He could join the team as soon as Tues for practice & since he is already in game shape, could make his NHL return this Thurs in Pittsburgh before making home return on Sat Vs Winnipeg.
F Paul Gaustad has missed the last 2 games after suffering an upper body injury. D Roman Josi missed the entire 4 game road trip, but could return to lineup on Tues. F Colin Wilson missed the last 2 games with a mild groin strain.
The bottom line…
The Nashville Predators are 42-22-8 (92 Pts) with 10 games remaining and sit 2nd in The Central Division, 8 Pts behind St Louis (9 GR).
-In the Western Conference the Predators are in 4th, with the chase pack: 5 Detroit (92 Pts 10 GR), 6 Chicago (88 PTS 9 GR), 7 Phoenix (83 9 GR), 8 Colorado (83 8 GR) & 9 San Jose (82 11 GR).
-The Predators next stop at home for 1 game Vs Edmonton on Tues 7 CT before heading out to Pittsburgh Thurs 6 CT.
-The Predators gained 5 of a possible 8 points on the 4 game west coast road trip.
-F Patric Hornqvist & Mike Fisher each scored 1 goal Vs Anaheim giving them 23 on the season (leads team).
-F Martin Erat had 1A Vs Anaheim (300th of career) & now has 56 points on the season (2 shy of career high).
-The Preds had 4 players with 3 Hits: Weber 3, Halischuk 3, A Kostitsyn 3, & Bourque 3.
-G Anders Lindback made 30 saves Vs Anaheim for his 1st win as a starter since 11/28/11.
-G Pekka Rinne is tied for most wins in the NHL with 39.
Leg-watch 500- With 1 Goal & 1 Assist Vs Anaheim on Sunday, David Legwand now has 494 points in his career (185G 309 A) with the Predators.