The Predators looked to find their game after two straight loses against Calgary and Detroit. They looked to right the ship against the inbound Ottawa Senators, whom they lost to a mere eleven days ago.
The struggle for the Predators lately has been the inconsistent starts, which was not an issue tonight. The Captain Roman Josi got the scoring started on the Power Play at 9:28 with an absolute blast from the point. The surge would continue with a Viktor Arvidsson goal at 14:32, and what a goal it would be. The JOFA line completed a tic-tac-toe with Forsberg and Johansen delivering no look passes on the way to a tap in goal by Avridsson. The Senators responded quickly on a nice goal from Jean-Gabriel Pageau to cut the lead in half going into the 1st intermission.
The Predators would extend the lead again on the power play off of a slap shot from Ryan Ellis. The Senators would once again not be outdone as Max McCormick brought the Senators with one with a nice wrist shot from the slot. At the 10 minute mark, Filip Forsberg would make the play of the game, as he picked off a pass from Erik Karlsson, gave a no look behind the pass to a streaking Viktor Arvidsson who buried it past Craig Anderson, giving the Predators a 4-2 advantage going into the third period.
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The Predators continued to press in the third period, and after some great saves by both goaltenders, Craig Smith the Predators lead to 3 goals. Rinne continued to be sharp, and came up with several big stops in the final half of the third period. The Predators and Rinne would continue to be strong and walk away with a 5-2 victory.
Things We Learned
Back on Track
For the first time in two weeks, the Predators didn’t blow a lead late in the game, didn’t have to battle back to send the game into overtime, or didn’t have to heavily rely on their goaltender to keep them in the game. The Predators did what they should do on most night. They came, they saw, and they conquered an inferior opponent. It was a refreshing sight to see.
Not much to say here, but they were buzzing from start to finish. If they can find consistency, they will once again be one of the most feared units in the NHL.
The Predators leave tonight to go face Detroit after one of their worst performance of the year against the Wings on Saturday night. The Predators flexed their muscles against the Senators after losing in overtime over a week ago, but how will the story unfold in Detroit?
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