Preds Waste Their Flaming Hot Start
The Predators caught fire out of the gate, playing their best 1st period of the entire season. Nashville was gifted an early power play when Mark Jankowski was called for tripping at 5:24 of the first period. Filip Forsberg scored his 7th goal of the year moments later at 6:29 with the assists going to Roman Josi and Scott Hartnell. The Flames would struggle matching the early pace of the Predators and would be called for a second penalty at 7:19 of the 1st. It would only take a mere 24 seconds for the Predators to capitalize with as PK Subban would dish a pass to Josi who would snipe a shot through the goaltender Mike Smith, giving the Preds a 2-0 lead that would last the rest of the 1st period.
The 2nd period score would end as it began, with a 2-0 score. Pekka Rinne was dialed in from the beginning, making several fantastic saves to keep the Flames scoreless through two periods. Nashville had several chances to break the game open and extend their lead, but were unable to do so. The 3rd period would stay deadlocked until 10:35 when the Flames finally solved Rinne. Matthew Tkachuk would score his third of the season with a wrist shot from the right circle with a little help from a Pred’s stick. Not even three minutes later, Michael Ferland would tie the game up with a backhand shot that slipped by Rinne.
Overtime would not find a victor, as both team had several chances but both goaltenders stood strong. Overtime would be highlighted by a Pekka Rinne save on Johnny Gaudreau that would send the game to a shootout. The Flames would ultimately get the deciding goal on the stick of Matthew Tkachuk and would take two points from the Nashville Predators.
Three Quick Thoughts
1 Kevin. Fiala.
I’m going to need to know what Fiala did in a past lifetime to deserve the luck he received tonight. Picture this: A WIDE OPEN NET. The goalie is literally behind the net, standing against the boards. You are 5 feet in front of the net with the puck sliding towards your puck. Would you be able to hit the shot? Fiala whiffed as the puck appeared to hop over his stick. It could have been the dagger, but instead the Preds limp away with one point.
2. Pekka Rinne continues to shine
He played arguably one of his best games, single handedly keeping the Preds in the game at times with his stellar play. It’s sad his play only amounted for a single point for the Predators, but his play should serve as optimism for this season.
3. A point is a point, right?
Yes, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but we will take the point. It’s disappointing to see the game end without a win, but the Predators have consistently racked up points this young season. The biggest discussion that could be had is wondering what the identity of this team is.