Blunders, Stumbles, and Toronto. Preds flop in Arizona.
By Taylor Parks
Nashville headed into Arizona looking for any kind of offense after being shutout by Las Vegas. This is also Nashville’s first game after being given the 4-6 week diagnosis on Forsberg. Nashville needs offense and momentum in a bad way, and were looking to try and take advantage of the lowly Coyotes.
The scoring would get started by Anthony Duclair in the second period after a scoreless 1st period. Ryan Ellis would tie the game up in the ending moments of the 2nd period
Craig Smith and the Predators would ride the momentum as Smith tallied on a beautiful snipe. One of the Predator’s biggest struggles this season has been taking penalties, and it would hurt Nashville again, as the Coyotes would tie the contest up in the final 5 minutes of the game.
The Overtime period would be showcased by some beautiful work by Juuse Saros and one of the most bizarre endings of the season as Arizona would score the game winner after Nashville lost two separate challenges of the goal. Nashville gained a point after dropping the contest 3-2 in OT.
Three Things We Learned
Welcome Back Ryan!!
What a welcomed sight to see. Ryan Ellis scored a huge goal to tie the game in the ending moments of the second period. This goal gave a lift to the Predators heading into the 3rd period. Ellis looked much more comfortable in this game, and with the lack of offense the Predator’s have been providing as of late, the Pred’s will welcome any scoring from any position.
What a dumb penalty to take at an awful time of the game. Watson was coming to the aid of one of the Predators after being roughed up around the boards, and Watson stepped in and drew an awful interference penalty. Did the Coyote’s player embellish? Absolutely. But that is a moment where a veteran has to understand the consequences of his actions, and this time, it cost his team two points.
The Peg was Interfered With
Obviously, that’s a joke, but how can you review that final play and come to the conclusion of a good goal? Lets start from the beginning, Coyotes come into the zone on an odd man rush and Chychrun put the puck right into Saros’s pad. The puck then squirted over to Fischer who buried the goal into the empty net. Two problems though, as the puck crossed the line, Saros went back into the goal and knocked the goal off it’s pegs. The second issue, was Chychrun’s skate made contact with Saros, not allowing Saros a chance to make the final save. At full speed, it was kind of hard to see exactly what happened, but my issue is how can both parts of this final goal be reviewed and be upheld? The Predators were severely outplayed in Overtime and honestly didn’t deserve to win, but that last goal was awful. We’ll take the point….I guess.