Preds Make It Four In A Row, Rise To 1st In West
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a large Saturday night crowd at Bridgestone arena.
The Preds started the game well and left me and I am sure many other fans scratching their head wondering how they where not winning by a couple of goals the way they were dominating play.
The second period was much of the same and Mike Ribero finally got a goal on a rebound that went right to his stick after a wide shot by Roman Josi.
The Preds continued to play a strong game but ultimately ended up giving up a goal while trying to kill a penalty in the third period. It was a great pass to Ryan Johansen and a tough play to stop for Peka Rinne.
With the game tied 1-1 the Preds kept the pressure on and it payed off late in the third when Colin Wilson scored on a backhand rebound shot. The goal was well deserved for Wilson who played another very solid game.
The Preds held off the Blue Jackets in the final few minutes and came away with the win and two points.
Mike Ribero- 1 (6)
Colin Wilson-1 (4)
Shea Weber-1 (9)
Roman Josi-1 (9)
Calle Jarnkrok-1 (4)
Craig Smith-1 (7)
-Preds went 0-4 on the power play. Now 1-41 at home.
-Rinne’s shutout streak ended at 127 minutes, 5 seconds.
-Preds have won the last 6 of 7 games and four in a row.
-The Preds are now in 1st place in the western conference and central division.
Colin Wilson on scoring game winner-
“We were just hard on the puck and I got it over to [Calle Jarnkrok] and Jarnkrok got it over to [Smith],” Wilson said. “He had a good shot. I just had to put it in the net.”
Coach Laviollette on Colin Wilsons play-
“He’s been excellent all year, and he’s one of those guys that maybe the points weren’t coming at the beginning of the year maybe as frequently as he would like,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of Wilson. “That’s something that we don’t really talk about internally. We don’t say you’ve got to get going scoring some points. We talk about our team and what we need to do in order to be successful, and he’s been terrific.”
Roman Josi on the fans-
“I think we’ve been playing some really good hockey, and we just work hard every game,” Josi said. “Our fans have been great. They were loud again tonight. They’re loud if you have a big shift. Even if you don’t score, they cheer for us. That definitely gives us that extra jump.”
The Preds start a big week of hockey against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. After that it gets real with the Blues and Blackhawks coming to town Thursday and Saturday.