It all looked dark for a while when the Preds fell down 2-0 midway through the 2nd period to the Los Angeles Kings. After all, the Kings had annihilated the Predators in the previous two games this year. But the Preds weren't having any more of that. They defeated LA by a score of 5-2 on the second part of a back-to-back strech.
Colin Wilson decided that enough was enough and began to make plays. He got a goal and two assists in the 2nd period to give the Predators a 3-2 lead after the second period, where five goals were scored.
Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist added two more insurance goals in the third period to give the Predators a 5-2 lead that was never relenquished. The Predators outshot the Kings 28 to 26 and Anders Lindback played a pretty strong game in net, giving Pekka Rinne a night off.
Several Predators ended the game with multiple point nights. Colin Wilson had 3 points(1g,2a), Sergei Kostitsyn had 3 points(1g, 2a), Patric Hornqvist had 2 goals, Ryan Suter had 2 assists, and Shea Weber had 2 assists.
Marek Svatos got his first goal as a Predator. Nick Spaling suffered an upper body injury in the game and did not return. Hornqvist now has a 4-game goal streak, as does Sergei Kostitsyn. Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are playing at the high level that we've come to expect from them. I think they've finally started to settle in together and are now playing at the level that makes them the best defensive pairing in the NHL.
The Predators showed a lot of heart tonight. They found themselves down 2-0 to the Kings once again. Last time they lost 6-1. This time they put it into gear and scored five unanswered goals to win the game. With the win, the Predators now find themselves sitting in 4th in the Western Conference with 48 points. You've really got to love the attitude of Anders Lindback. He is such a laid back guy and is ready to do his job when called upon. He played a pretty good game tonight.
The Preds hope to make it 5 in a row on Saturday when they take on the San Jose Sharks.