Preds Overcome The Iron Post, Beat Kings In shootout
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bridgestone arena for a western conference heavy weight battle.
The Preds and Kings exchanged blows in the first period and the tone of a hard hitting and even battle was set early. Craig Smith was able to notch a goal on a breakaway set up by Colin Wilson.
The tough western conference battle brawl continued into the second period as the Kings went ahead early on a semi breakaway goal. Before the end of the 2nd period the Preds scored two goals in an explosion of offense and went into the 3rd period up 3-2.
The Preds momentum quickly ended within the first minute of the 3rd period after the Kings scored to tie the game 3-3.
Preds went into overtime for the second straight game and again dominated the extra minutes. Again, Filip Forsberg with the best shot of OT after beating two players on a nasty move but ultimately hit the post on trained killer shot. Shea Weber hit the post on a blast and James Neal was inches away from having a puck trickle into the net on a wrist shot off of the goalies shoulder before overtime came to an end. The Preds were pole bitten and could not get a goal in overtime sending the game into a shootout.
Neal was the lone goal scorer in the shootout. Rinne stopped all six players he faced in the shootout and should be proud of after a tremendous performance. The Preds walked away with a hard fought two points.
Craig Smith-1 (7)
Ryan Ellis-1 (2)
Eric Nystrom-1 (4)
James Neal in the shootout.
Colin Wilson-2 (6)
Anton Volchencov-1 (3)
Craig Smith-1 (6)
Taylor Beck-1 (3)
Shea Weber-1 (7)
The power play with the thumbs down going 0-4. Now 1-32 at home.
Penalty kill saved the game especially at the end of the 3rd period going 0-3.
Preds are 3-1 in the shoot out.
James Neal leads the team in goals with 9.
Colin Wilson was an absolute beast in the game. Are we finally seeing his full potential this year?
Eric Nystrom thoughts on the game:
They’re a big and strong team, and they’re really experienced and solid from top to bottom,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. “You know you have to bring your ‘A’ game, and they’re used to teams bringing their ‘A’ game every night and being in atmospheres like that. The building was rocking, the fans were going nuts, the intensity was high, and that’s a good experience for us to learn how to play in those type of games. And thank God for Pekka.”
Wilson on Eric Nystrom:
When somebody goes out and is there to score goals, but also is there to make some big hits, fight, do all of those things, and he has a great mustache, it was great to see him get that hit and get everybody going,” Wilson said.
Coach Sutter on not using Doughty in the shootout:
“He skated down the middle of the ice and sunk the puck in the middle of the net,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “I should have used him in the shootout.”
The Preds continue to be in first place in the central division with 30 points. They face off against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena on Thanksgiving night.