In a game that was 49 minutes frustration and 11 minutes elation, 17,221 fans at Bridgestone Arena witnessed a classic victory for the Nashville Predators, 4-3 in overtime against the St. Louis Blues. The Blues led 3-0 9:06 into the third period, and the rest was history.
You gotta give St. Louis credit though. They came out blazing, blocking Predators shots and playing firm end to end defense that got them on the scoreboard first after a rough slap shot from the point off the stick of Jay Bouwmeester to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period, still 1-0, until a redirected rebound by Alexander Steen put the Blues up 2-0. The Preds went on the kill, and let off a back door goal to Jaden Schwartz to dig a 3-0 hole.
The boys were gassed at the end of the 2nd and got outshot 16-3 in the middle frame, but the Preds refused to quit. The pressure came in the 3rd more and more until Calle Jarnkrok ripped the brakes off the tight Blues goaltender by finding an open slot in the top shelf to cut the deficit to 3-1. Preds went on the kill again with eight and a half minutes left, there was a high stick penalty called on Craig Smith. The Preds got very aggressive in the neutral zone when Austin Watson wenton the right wing and passed the puck to Colton Siddons who then passed it toRyan Ellis who threw it back Watson who buried it past Carter Hutton to close the lead to 3-2. With time winding down, the Preds killed the remainder of the Smith High Sticking penalty and just as Smith came out of the box, Colton Siddons passed the puck to a wide open Smitty who took it in one on one against Hutton. Hutton saved the first attempt, but left a rebound which Austin Watson put in the net. The goal was initially waived off, but after a short review, it was ruled a good goal. Game tied 3-3.
The stage was set in Music City for overtime. The Preds dominated possession and Forsberg, with a scoring chance, gotpulled down from behind and was awarded a penalty shot. He was able to drill the puck past Hutton, glove side, to seal the dramatic win. No one at that game will ever forget a moment like this.
A huge two points. I’m still speechless.
Now for the Flames, but Bridgestone is already red hot.
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