Arvi nets two as Preds hold off Isles: Highlights
Photo Credit to Jennifer Cornelius Wolf
As solid as Thursday night’s win for the Predators looked, they knew that there work was not done in New York. Saturday night, the boys in gold moved the venue five miles down the road from Manhattan to Brooklyn and put on yet another Broadway-esque performance in a 4-3 win over the Islanders.
The first act began with a stellar goal from Viktor Arvidsson 3:42 into the game in which coming down the wing on a breakaway he slipped the puck between his own legs and then past Islander defenseman Ryan Pulock and beat Thomas Griess through the five-hole to put the Preds in the drivers seat early 1-0.
The Islanders would find an answer on a loose puck in the back of the net that was forced and recovered by Josh Bailey and handed off to Matthew Barzal who squeezed the puck underneath the pad of Juuse Saros that after further review crossed the line for a goal tying the game at one all.
It was a gritty first period that had a ton of hits and giveaways, but once again late in the period it was the Predators who broke the tie off a slick wrister from Matthias Ekholm to make it 2-1 Nashville at the 16:56 mark.
The Islanders would continue the seesaw battle heading into the second period, when Valteri Filppula rang a shot off the post and in to tie the game at two. Fortunately, it would be the closest the home team would get in the contest as the Predators would answer with two goals One off Craig Smith’s wrister at 13:30 then yet another goal from Viktor Arvidsson (deservedly the first star of the game) off a back door pass from Ryan Johansen at 16:42 to eventually seal the game.
The Isles would cash in on one of four power play opportunities when Anders Lee knocked home a rebound late in the game, which proved to be the only real weakness in an otherwise strong outing. To have ten penalty minutes, most of the penalties being trips, proves that our inability to stay out of the box continues.
Other than that, a strong win, Saros looked good stopping 26 of 29 shots, and the offense was once again ready to play, especially Arvi having the break out game he needed early.
Next for the Predators comes Smashville’s grand reopening against the Flames, which much living up their name have been red hot putting the puck in the net having put 9 goals in this season so far, but most in a 7-4 barn burner win over Vancouver Saturday. Hoping the defense can tighten up avoiding scoring opportunities and again play a clean game. More on that game to come.
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