The Nashville Predators know that winning one game in the regular season against the Hawks isn't anywhere near the redemption that they're ultimately looking for this season. But that doesn't mean that this win isn't sweet. The Preds defeated the Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 on a Joel Ward Goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Anders Lindback was pretty solid in his first NHL game. He only gave up two goals, and those were to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who have scored on tons of goalies so Lindback has nothing to be ashamed of. I think he played very well and looked more comfortable as the game went on.
Steve Sullivan scored the first goal of the game, giving him two goals in the first two games of the year. Colin Wilson also scored on a one-time that deflected off of the Chicago defenseman in front and into the net. Marcel Goc added an assist tonight bringing him up to two points in two games. Cal O'Reilly also notched an assist tonight which is good news for him and for Predators fans.
The Preds were trailing 2-1 going into the third period against the defending Stanley Cup Champions in their house. Coming back says a lot about the character of this hockey team. They didn't panic and they didn't make rushed decisions. They're much more mature than they were even a few months ago. That series against Chicago really taught these boys something and it's showing right now. Oh, and Martin Erat wasn't out so there was no goal by Kane with 13 seconds remaining.....Still hurts. I've gotta get it out of my system.
Thursday night, the Predators play host to the undefeated St.Louis Blues and newly acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak. It's college night so if you're a college student, bring your student ID and you can get upper bowl tickets for $10 and lower bowl tickets for $25.
Great win for the boys in Chicago. Now, it's over. Put it behind you and focus on St. Louis. One game at a time baby. One game at a time.