Saros Stellar in Motown
by Taylor Parks
On Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators traveled to Detroit to take on the Red Wings fresh off their impressive win over Ottawa the night before. Undoubtedly, the Predators were looking for revenge after the Red Wings handed them a loss just three days before.
The Predators were off to a fast start in the first period and really dominated the entire period. The Preds scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the period with goal from Scott Hartnell and Kyle Turris. Both goals were contributed by great net front presence.
The second period was quite the opposite as the Red Wins came out buzzing, looking to take advantage of a tired Predators team. The momentum really shifted at 10 minute mark of the 2nd period when Andreas Athanasiou beat Juuse Saros on a breakaway, just seconds after VIktor Arvidsson was unable to take advantage of a breakaway of his own. The Predators would end the period in survival mode as they limped into the intermission leading 2-1.
The Red WIngs continued their strong play in the third period until (out of nowhere) Viktor Arvidsson redeemed himself as he tallied on a breakaway goal to give the Predators a two goal advantage. The Red Wings would respond after a furious attack in front of Saros, as Tomas Tatar would pull Detroit within one goal once again. The Predators would continue to survive a furious onslaught while killing a power play to run out the clock. Colton Sissons sacrificed his body by blocking a shot in the final seconds to ice the game with a 3-2 win.
What We Learned
In Arvidsson We Trust
The deeper this season goes, the more you see how much this team rallies around Arvy. You can see how well the team responds after a patented “Arvy Hussle” play. Along with his undying motor, he leads the team with 21 goals. There was a little bit of skepticism when he signed his long term contract last year, and I would have to say it was worth every penny.
Baby Pekka Rinne
He may not have the numbers that most fans would want, but Saros continues to play well. Even in last Saturday’s performance against Detroit, he played well enough to keep them in the game. The future is bright with this one, and expect him to get a few more starts down the stretch as Pekka gets ready for another postseason run.
They Don’t Ask How
It wasn’t pretty. Outside of the first period, the Predators were badly outplayed in the last two frames, but they never quit. After playing a game the night before, you could see they just had less energy in the third period. Thankfully the standings don’t have a “quality of play” category. It doesn’t matter how, it just matters that we got two points.
Photo Credit- AP Photo Tony Gutierrez