Lindy stands tall as Preds win 2-1 in shoot out…
The Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in a shoot out at Bridgestone Arena last night behind a great start from backup Goaltender Anders Lindback. Starting G Pekka Rinne was scratched due to illness after consulting with team doctors earlier in the day. This allowed Rinne to take a night off, which was needed, and give Lindback another start to build his confidence before the playoffs.
Lindback was outstanding in this game making a total of 26 saves & then stopping all 3 shoot out participants (1st shoot out of career) for the victory. Minnesota held control of the play & the puck for much of the 1st period & had several good scoring chances all stopped by Lindback. At 12:31 of the 2nd period Preds F Nick Spaling made a great physical play on the forecheck to force a turnover & feed a slot crashing Gabriel Bourque for his 7th goal on the season giving the Preds a 1-0 lead.
The Preds had some trouble getting the puck cleared & the Wild were able to create some havoc with the D chasing the puck everywhere without positive results. This led to a great tip in by Dany Heatly on a point shot from Nate Prosser to get the Wild tied at 1-1 with 2:07 remaining in the 2nd period. The 3rd period was tight checking and allowed for few scoring chances for either team, except for on the power play, of which the Wild had 4 plus mins. With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, Preds F Andrei Kostitsyn took a bad tripping penalty that continued into overtime.
Lindback did his best work from that point on, stopping multiple point blank shots & everyone in the shoot out. For the Preds, Alex Radulov scored in the 2nd round on a sweet move that easily beat Wild G Nick Backstrom for the only marker & clincher for the extra point. With the win, the Preds move back into 4th in the Western Conference with 2 games to go in the regular season. The Preds have also gained 100 points for the 4th time in franchise history (all since lockout 04/05).
G Pekka Rinne has missed 1 game with an illness.
The bottom line…
-The Nashville Predators are 46-26-8 (100 Pts) with 2 games remaining and sit 2nd in The Central Division, 6 Pts behind St Louis (3 GR).
-In the Western Conference the Predators are in 4th, with the chase pack: 5 Detroit (99 Pts 3 GR), 6 Chicago (98 Pts 2 GR), 7 Phoenix (93 Pts 2 GR), 8 San Jose (92 Pts 2 GR), 9 Dallas (89 2 GR).
-The Predators continue a 3 game home stand Thurs Vs Dallas (Final home game) 7CT.
-The Preds picked up 2 of a possible 4 points on the current 3 game home stand.
-F Alex Radulov has recorded 6 points in 7 games since returning from the KHL.
-F Gabriel Bourque was outstanding against Minnesota with 1 Goal, 4 shots on goal, 2 hits, & 1 takeaway in 9:49 of ice time.
-D Shea Weber led the Preds in ice time with 28:03.
-F Andrei Kostitsyn led the Preds in hits with 5 (entire team only had 14).
-G Anders Lindback has now won 2 consecutive starts.
Leg-watch 500- With 2A Vs Chicago, David Legwand now has 500 points (franchise scoring leader) in his career (187 G 313 A) with the Predators.