Topic: Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C – The Nashville Predators got a much needed win tonight against the Washington Capitals, 5-4. It’s been four years since the Capitals beat the Predators, and tonight’s win extended that streak.
Tonight was the first of back to back games, with a date in New Jersey tomorrow night against the Devils.
Richard Panik put the Capitals on the scoreboard first, firing a shot “top shelf” against Juuse Saros for the early 1-0 lead at 9:28.
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were hoping to “kick start” the second half of their season tonight after their “bye” week but the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs had other ideas.
The Leafs took the game 5-2.
The Predators, who are in desperate need of some wins, came out with some reshuffled lines, but fell behind early on William Nylander’s goal at 4:13 of the opening period to take the early 1-0 lead.
Nashville came right back though at 4:53 when Mikael Granlund took a pass from Matt Duchene on the 3 on 1 break to score the equalizer past Frederik Anderson for the 1-1 score.
Los Angeles, CA – It looked like the Nashville Predators were poised to make another dramatic comeback today against the L.A Kings, only to fall short in a wild “Hollywood” affair, 7-4.
Nashville drew first blood at 4:55 of the opening period when Mikael Granlund netted a goal over the shoulder of Kings goaltender Jack Campbell and the Predators took a 1-0 lead.
That’s when the Kings took over the game. L.A outworked the Predators through the first two periods and into the second intermission, were leading Nashville 4-1.
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators rebounded from the weekend loss to the Detroit Red Wings in fine fashion tonight, beating the hapless San Jose Sharks, 5-2.
As head coach Peter Laviolette continues to shuffle his lines to see where the magic is, the Predators appeared to be hitting on all points tonight.
THE Captain, Roman Josi got things started for Nashville at 6:16 of the opening frame with a wrist shot that put the Preds on the scoreboard first, leading 1-0. Josi was assisted on the score by Colton Sissons and Ryan Ellis.
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 7-2, behind Viktor Arvidssons hat-trick.
Arvidsson has now scored nine goals in nine games for the Predators and shows no sign of wear and tear after returning from a broken thumb.
Washington was completing a “back-to-back” series tonight in Nashville, having lost in St. Louis last night to the Blues. The Capitals started their back up in goal, Pheonix Copley, and he got a very rude welcome to the music city.
Columbus, OH – The Nashville Predators fought back from a two goal deficit in the third period tonight only to fall short in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3.
An unfortunate penalty in the OT by Viktor Arvidsson sealed the deal for Columbus as they took advantage of the power play to score the winning goal at 1:22 of the extra period.
The Predators were playing this game with Pekka Rinne in net with the absence of Juuse Saros who was unavailable for the contest. Rinne doesn’t normally play in back-to-back games, but was forced into action tonight.
Chicago, IL – The Nashville Predators almost let this one slip away tonight in Chicago, but Filip Forsberg saved the day with his overtime winner to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.
Nashville had led the entire game and looked poised to win the game when Artem Anisimov sent the game to overtime with the goal at 17:39 of the third period.
Pekka Rinne was superb in net, as always, keeping the Predators in the game, stopping 34 of 37 shots on goal. The Predators had 31 shots on goal on the night.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators continue to roll on this ambitious road trip, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. That gives the Predators five out of a possible six points in their last three games.
Nashville used a stiff defense tonight and a brick wall in net, Pekka Rinne, to thwart the Leafs.
After a scoreless first period, Mattias Ekholm got the Predators on the board at 4:08 of the second period, hammering a slap shot from the point and the power play goal gave Nashville the 1-0 lead. Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala had the assists. Fiala has 7 points in his last six games.
Montreal Quebec, Can– The Nashville Predators rebounded from last night’s loss to Detroit, winning the back end of a “back-to-back” series, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.
Craig Smith scored twice and Juuse Saros was stellar in goal for the win. Nashville was playing their old captain Shea Weber who scored the only Montreal goal.
Smith got the scoring started for the Predators at 10:44 of the first period, finding a rebound in front of the Montreal net and slipping the puck into the net past Carey Price for the 1-0 lead.
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dominated the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Bridgestone Arena behind the shutout performance of Juuse Saros in goal, 4-0.
This was the second shutout of the season for Saros and was only his second start in two weeks. Saros stopped all 32 shots on goal tonight and was named the first star of the game.
The two teams played a back and forth first period with no scoring before the intermission. That all changed in the second period.
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