Preds Dominate For 59 minutes, Forced To Win In Shootout
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators returned home to face off against the Florida Panthers. The Preds came out and played really well dominating the 1st period and out shot the Panthers 14-4.
The Preds continued to skate circles around the Panthers for most of the 2nd period and finally got a bouncing puck to go off of a skate and past goalie Roberto Luongo.
The 3rd period started and the Preds maintained complete control of the game other than not being able to get anything past Luongo. Matt Cullen scored to make it 2-0. Most fans including me thought it was the nail in the coffin for the Panthers.
Well, the Panthers showed they have more than one life and scored 2 goals in the last mintute of the game. Yes, you read that correctly 2 goals in less than 60 seconds.
The Preds 59 minute domination continued into overtime where the Preds spent the majority of the extra play in the Panthers zone. However, Luongo continued to be the equalizer and absolutely robbed Filip Forsberg with a flying arm pad save. The Preds outshot the Panthers 5-0 in overtime.
The game went into a shootout where Peka Rinne flexed his muscles amd stopped all shots. Filip Forsberg finally got the puck by Luongo after he came in and shot filthy wrist shot five hole.
Colin Wilson-1 (3)
Matt Cullen-1 (3)
Filip Forsberg on the shootout.
Calle Jarnkrok- 1 (3)
Craig Smith- 1 (5)
Derek Roy- 1 (9)
-Preds outshot the Panthers 50-30.
-The power play went 0-4.
-Colin Wilson has scored in 2 of the last 3 games.
-Peka Rinne has been the goalie for all 13 of the Preds wins.
Forsberg on his shootout goal-
“That was the plan basically, just try to shoot it pretty quick,” Forsberg said. “Maybe he wasn’t really suspecting a shot there, so I was just lucky that it went in.”
Luongo on saving 48 of 50 shots-
It’s the type of game I enjoy,” Luongo said. “They were just throwing pucks from everywhere, so I was able to get in the game early, get a good feeling going. Unfortunately both of their goals were not really shots on net, they both deflected off our guys, but we battled in the last minute to tie it up, which was huge for us.”
Rinne on shootouts-
“You just focus on one guy at a time and try to stay patient,” Rinne said. “I felt like over the years, guys have gotten so much better in shootouts; they have different moves, they come with different speeds.”
Coach Laviollette on his teams performance-
I’m going to look at this game as 100 percent positive,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I’ll be in here sometimes when we win and maybe not so happy, and I’ll be in here sometimes when we lose and I’m really going to love the way we played. I will always focus more on the process of how we played the game and tonight, I thought the guys were dead on with what they were trying to do on the ice, and that was as consistent as I’ve seen it.”
The Preds continue their home stand against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. It should be a good matchup for the Preds and two points they need to steal from another top western conference team.