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Preds Ride Peks To Thanksgiving Points

By Josh @Top6Grinder

The Nashville Predators faced off against the Edmonton Oilers for aThanksgiving night turkey fight at Bridgestone arena. The team and most fans seemed very thankful that Mike Fisher was back in the lineup and it brought a little buzz for the only game being played in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators played a sloppy game for most of the first period. However, the Oilers couldn’t capitalize because of the Predators all star goalie Peka Rinne. At one point the Preds were being out shot 9-0

Second period was the period of penalties with a total of six being called. The Preds had four chances to take the lead on the power play but couldn’t capitalize. However, it is worth mentioning that Seth Jones put one in the net but it was quickly called off because Paul Gaustad made contact with the goalie.

The game went into overtime for the third straight game and ended on a stunning wrist shot by Filip Forsberg who had just hit the post a few seconds earlier. This of coarse took place because a few minutes before that, Rinne stopped Eberle on a penalty shot attempt after Shea Weber took a penalty for closing his glove on the puck. That save was just one of many game savers by Rinne who eventually was awarded the first star of the game.

Filip Forsberg was not the only player who was so close to goals bit hit the iron during the game. Calle Jarnkrok with two, Josi with one, and Forsberg with one.

Game Notes:

Peka Rinne with his 34th career shutout.

Preds 2nd best in the western conference.

Preds 9-1-1 at home which is the best in the NHL.

Power play went 0-5 and is now 1-37 at home.

Game Quotes:

Rinne on the win and penalty shot save on Eberle-

“These are huge points for us,” Rinne said. “You keep playing every second night, and that’s some huge points we’ve been gathering up here at home.”

“He’s really nifty in penalty shots,” Rinne said. “I think he’s one of the better shooters stats wise in the NHL in penalty shots and shootouts. You just try to stay patient with a guy like that. He has multiple different moves, and this time I thought he got a little bit too close to me and I was able to put my leg over there and he couldn’t put it over my leg. Obviously at the time in OT, that’s a big save and I’m happy I made that save.”

Forsberg was sure-

” It was huge for the team that we could get the two points in a game that we didn’t play our best game for two periods,” Forsberg said. “I think we kind of stepped up there in the third and took it to them a bit more. It was a big win, for sure.”

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on the tough loss-

“It’s hard to take when our guys play that hard,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “To a man, our guys worked extremely hard against a team that may be the hardest-working team we’ve seen this year. I thought we matched their work ethic, and that’s a tough one to take.”

“It seems like every time you come in here, they come out stomping,” Eakins said. “The old saying in hockey is ‘weather the storm.’ I put the notion in their heads that we don’t want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.

The Preds go to battle again on Saturday at home against an old division beat up doll, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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