Monday, January 3, 2011

Bittersweet Victory for Preds

The Nashville Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1 on Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena, but you wouldn't have thought that after the first period. The Preds did not have a very good first period at all, and really have Pekka Rinne to thank for keeping them in the game. "We came out flat," said Shea Weber, who had 1 goal and 2 assists on the night.

In the second period, the Preds got things going and never looked back. Shea Weber scored a goal on a blast of a shot to tie the game at one. Then, the Preds started crashing the net. Nick Spaling got his second goal of the year while falling away from the puck and down to the ice. Hornqvist later got a goal on the power-play while he was falling down as well. Weber recorded assists on both Spaling and Hornqvist's goals. The Preds went into the third with a 3-1 lead.

In the final frame, Kostistyn scored a goal off of a shot by Colin Wilson, who played a pretty strong game. The Preds were never really in danger of surrendering their lead. Cal O'Reilly was injured in the period and began trying to crawl his way to the bench. Play was stopped and it didn't look good when he was going into the locker room. We later found out that he had broken his fibula. It doesn't look good for him and I would expect him to be out for a significant period of time. My guess would be somewhere around a month and a half to two months.

The Preds did a great job of shutting down Rick Nash, holding him to one shot on goal throughout the game. In particular, Ryan Suter was all over him and really played a strong game. I had a feeling that Wade Belak was going to get a goal tonight, Pekka Rinne was very sharp in goal tonight, minus the goal given up less than a minute into the game.

The Preds are off until Wednesday when they began their California swing.

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