Last night was a very solid win for the Good Guys in front of an "announced crowd" of 15,311 crazy fans. While the cold kept at least 2,000 of that home, the Bridge was definately ready for some hockey last night.
The game started out with a lost of back and forth neutral zone play, with neither team gaining an edge until Svatos brought the puck in and fired a lot of Leggy tipped while skating by. There really wasnt much to the goal, other than a well-timed shot and good ice presence by our top defensive center. The Wild tied it up late in the period on a goal by Koivu that he earned by making a nifty deke on the Cube. After that, Peks settled down and played shutdown hockey.
Second and Third Periods
Preds hockey. The Preds dominated the last two frames, and the Wild never realluy mounted much of a threat to score. Pekka did leave a couple of juicy rebounds, but the boys stepped up and gained possession of the puck to neutralize the threat. Wardo buried an easy goal in the second frame, and missed on a couple more attempts later, including one where he had a wide open net and snapped his twig. Spaling netted 2 straight in the second, with the last goal scored by Marcy Goc.
All in all, last night's game is how we have to play on a consistant basis. We're not going to win every game, but we cannot win 6, then lose 4. As it stands, we're in 4th place in the conference, 7 points behind the Wings. My Red Wing loving friend Josh, who came with me last night, is definately feeling the pressure.
Stars of the game
1st Star: Nick Spaling – 2 Goal, +3 in 17:51 of ice time. The kid was everywhere, and has his best game so far with the big club. I'm really starting to warm on him.
2nd Star: Joel Ward – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, +3 in 17:25 of ice time. Wardo left a couple more goals on the ice tonight, as well.
3rd Star: Marcel Goc – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, +2 in 15:51of ice time. Marcy played a very solid game defensively as well.