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Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got a big win tonight as they head into the NHL All-Star break, over the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was absolutely superb in net, keeping his team in the game, until Craig Smith could score the game winner in the third period. 

This was a much needed victory for Nashville who desperately needs points to have any chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators got off to a blistering start in the first period, dominating the Sabres and out-shooting them at one point, 12-0, but it was Buffalo that drew first blood at18:58 when Sam Reinhart grabbed a cross-ice feed from Rasmus Dahlin and netting the opening goal for the early 1-0 Buffalo lead.

Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)
Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

At 6:05 of the second period, Ryan Johansen would draw the Predators even, grabbing a Roman Josi rebound and placing the back-handed shot in the net to tie the game, 1-1.

Linus Ullmark would take the loss in goal for the Sabres, and seemed unbeatable until the Johansen goal. 

At 13:31 of the final period, Craig Smith found himself in the slot to re-direct a Kyle Turris shot past Ullmark on the power-play and score the game winner for the final score, 2-1.

Nashville has been trying to find itself since the coaching change, as new head coach John Hynes has been juggling his line-up and implementing his system. 

The Predators have just been having trouble scoring goals, while their goal tending was struggling, but tonight there seemed to be a renewed energy on the ice.

The Predators won nearly 60% of their face-offs and out-shot the Sabres, 37-31. 

The Predators return to action on Monday, January 27th as they will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena.  Puck drops at 7:00pm.

Hank Bonecutter
Hank Bonecutterhttp://www.clarksvillesmotorcycle.com/
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster and media consultant based in Clarksville, Tennessee. His career includes stints at WKDA/WKDF and WKQB Rock 106FM, WLAC-AM in Nashville. He concluded his career as owner/talk show host at WJZM-AM in Clarksville. Currently the President of Bonehead Promotions, he's an advertising consultant and media strategist. An avid motorcyclist, Hank blogs about his travels exclusively at www.clarksvillemotorcycle.com and www.clarksvilleonline.com You can follow Hank on on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dodgintheroadkill/, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/?lang=en, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dodgetheroadkill/?hl=en  

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