Preds Late To Party, Lose To Sens
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Ottawa Senators for the last game of a short Canadian road trip.
The Preds gave Peka Rinne a rest and it quickly showed after Ottawa came out attempting to even the score in the 2nd period. Ottawa scored 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd period and left the Preds looking for answers concerning slow feet, sloppy play, and a goalie who couldn’t find the puck in traffic.
The Preds came out in the third and scored early on an easy rebound tip in by Jokinen. The Preds dominated the 3rd period and played some serious all out to score hockey. It left the defense with several opportunities to make big plays and they answered. Weber and Josi both made outstanding plays when out numbered 2-1.
In the end the Preds couldn’t buy a goal and ended up with the L, losing 3-2.
IMO if they played the way they did in the 1st and most of the 3rd period with Rinne in net, they would be coming to Nashville with a W.
Shea Weber- 1 (6)
Ollie “Flow” Jokinen – 1 (1)
Roman Josi- 1 (6)
Mike Ribero-1 (11)
Derek Roy-1. (7)
-Ollie Jokinen with his 1st goal of the year.
-Carter Hutton 0-3 on the year, 3 goals on 16 Shots.
-Derek Roy and Colin Wilson had outstanding games. Still shocked they didn’t register a goal.
Lehner on his performance:
“I felt good,” Lehner said. “It’s always a little bit uphill when you let in a goal early, but I thought the whole team, especially in the second, bounced back and kept it a little bit more simple and it felt solid overall.”
Jokinen on the tough loss:
“There’s a reason why we are in the top in the standings because of the way we’ve been playing,” Jokinen said. “We’ve been able to execute that night in and night out for a full 60 minutes, but (Thursday) we did that for 40 minutes, 30 minutes, something like that and it’s not enough.”
Coach Laviolette on the teams play:
“I was happy that they went out there and played as hard as they did in the third and fought for a win,” Laviolette said. “It didn’t happen but that’s a sign of a team that believes it can do things so for me it was good to go out and show the compete level in the third to fight for something when you’re behind.”
The Predators remain in first place in the central. They come home to face off against the Florida Panthers in Nashville on Saturday night. The game will not be televised so you will have to be in attendance to see if the Preds can bounce back and get a win at the Bridgestone arena.